Young yeshiva students visiting Chicago did not feel Chicago’s warmth Tuesday night after one of their vans was broken into and some of their luggage taken.
The 32 Jewish boys from Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Southfield were celebrating their 8th grade graduation with a trip to Windy City.
While the group was on a Chicago water taxi and seeing downtown sites on Tuesday evening, one of their vans was broken into and the luggage of 10 boys was stolen.
According to Chicago Rabbi Yitzchok Ehrman, a friend of the organizers of the trip, inside the taken luggage were sets of tefillin worth $2,000-$3,000 each.
“It was the most valuable thing financially and emotional,” Rabbi Ehrman said. “There were boys that literally started tearing about this tefillin.”
Rabbi Ehrman said he and a chaperone drove through alleys all night hoping whoever stole the luggage had discarded the religious items. They found nothing. The rabbi was able borrow 10 of them for the boys until the tefillins are replaced.
Rabbi Ehrman is still holding out hope they’ll be found.
He said he hopes there was security video from the nearby train station in order to track down whoever stole the luggage. Read more here.