New York Sanitation Workers Help Brooklyn Jewish Group Find Lost Tefillin
New York City Sanitation Department employees helped a group of Brooklyn residents search for hours through heaps of garbage to find a pair of tefillin that were accidentally thrown in the trash, NBC New York reported on Tuesday.
After the religious items were mistakenly thrown away on Dec. 17, their owner, a rabbi in Williamsburg, contacted United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn to help track down the phylacteries.
The Jewish group reviewed security footage and saw that a New York City Sanitation truck picked up the trash on Monday. It immediately contacted the Sanitation Department’s Brooklyn North Chief Jarrit Scotti, who isolated the truck’s garbage from the other trash and told them that the truck was kept at the Varick Avenue transfer station.
The volunteers then sported protective gear and spent hours on Monday night searching through trash with the help of Sanitation employees until they found the tefillin, wrapped in a plastic bag.
Thank you to @NYCSanitation, Brooklyn North Chief Scotti for intercepting and isolating the garbage truck where a tefilin discarded immediately when we called him this morning. Thank you Yitzchok Neuwirth and the entire search team. Burech Hashem the tefilin was found pic.twitter.com/QJ1rdRsF2g
— UJO of Williamsburg (@UnitedJewish) December 22, 2020