Iran: 3 ancient Torah scrolls stolen from Tehran synagogue

Three ancient Torah scrolls were stolen Wednesday night from a synagogue in the historic Oudlajan neighborhood of Tehran.

Police and border police are searching for the 200-year-old invaluable hand-written holy books.

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Iran had between 80,000 and 100,000 Jews before the 1979 Islamic Revolution but most have since fled, mainly to the United States, Israel, and Europe. There are now only about 8,500 left, mostly in Tehran but also in Isfahan and Shiraz, major cities south of the capital.

With one designated member of parliament, Iran’s Jewish community is one of four officially recognized religious minorities. Armenian Christians have two designated MPs, and Assyrian-Chaldeans and Zoroastrians have one each.

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