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London family robbed of $30,000 in Judaica while sleeping

(JTA) — Judaica artifacts worth approximately $30,000 were stolen from a Jewish family in northern London.

Unidentified burglars took  menorahs, a seder plate and silver cups, among other items, from the Palmer family home in Edgware in a nighttime robbery while four family members were asleep, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

Howard Palmer said the items were “totally irreplaceable.” Two of his five children were at home during the robbery.

In addition to the Judaica, an iPod and computer also were stolen.

Hackney police said the robbers gained entry through a patio door, which had been locked but was taken off its runner.

Palmer said the burglary has caused great distress for himself, his wife and the two children at home.

“We are finding it difficult to sleep,” he said. “It has got to the point where it’s hard to leave the house.”

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