On September 20, 2015, Temple Emanu-El was honored to re-consecrate a Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll) saved from the Holocaust.
It comes to us from a now-destroyed Jewish community in Czechoslovakia — its specific congregational home we know not.
We accept this Sefer Torah on permanent loan to us from the Memorial Scrolls Committee of the Westminster Synagogue in London, in the words of its cover "In Honor and in Memory of the Six Million." — Rabbi Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs, DHL, D
The Memorial Scrolls Trust, a U.K. non-profit organization, has compiled information on the rescued Czech scrolls and the synagogues and other institutions that received them. They plan to continue to enhance their website so it becomes "a repository of all knowledge concerning the 1564 scrolls, the Jewish history of the towns they came from, the Jews of those towns, their fate, survivors stories, photos etc. Also where the scrolls are now, how they are used and honored etc." More information about the Memorial Scrolls Trust is available at www.memorialscrollstrust.org.
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