Yeshivah Students in Chicago Return Missing Money

NEW YORK -

Two yeshivah students in the Skokie neighborhood of Chicago have won praise for returning hundreds of dollars they found on the street.

Zev Goldstein and Coby Kamish were walking outside the Fasman Yeshiva High School on Thursday with their rebbe when the three noticed hundreds of dollars in bills drifting over the bushes.

The two high school seniors saw a man stuffing his pockets but when they approached him asking what to do, assuming it was his money, he ran off.

Rabbi Dovid Kupchik, the high school menahel, told Hamodia, “Then they saw [an armored truck] across the street, and put one and one together as they were assessing the situation of money flying over all our streets and our campus.”

On the windy day, money had escaped from the back of the armored truck. But before they could approach the truck, it drove off. The two students, Rabbi Kupchik, the assistant principal, and the security team assessed the situation and decided to call the police.

Goldstein and Kamish had managed to gather $790 worth of small bills and handed them over to the police.

“I thought the right thing was to give it back to the people … it’s their money,” Kamish said.

Rabbi Kupchik said police were “surprised and impressed” by the young men finding the money and turning it in instead of pocketing it.

“The way I look it, this is a perfect chinuch moment where the guys had a chance to practice what they learned,” Rabbi Kupchik concluded. “Twelve years of yeshiva education coming together to say, ‘What are you going to do?’”

Skokie police officers are investigating how much money was blown away and how much may have been taken by those nearby.

The story was first reported by CBS2 Chicago.


Updated Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 6:47 pm .