One of Toronto’s oldest relics is being given new life.
It’s a 250-year-old Torah scroll – located at the Kol Ami Synagogue in Thornhill.
The rare relic is thought to have survived a fire set by the Nazis in a Czechoslovakian synagogue in 1939.
The ancient scroll will undergo a three-month facelift in Westchester, New York – where new pieces of parchment will be grafted onto it and missing letters will be re-inked – preserving a piece of Jewish history.
Kol Ami’s Rabbi Micah Streiffer says the Torah scroll is a sacred obligation for the community and it’s important for people to continue taking care of these documents entrusted to their care.
The synagogue received the scroll about 20 years ago from the Memorial Scrolls Trust – an organization that collected 1,564 scrolls from post-Nazi Czechoslovakia. Many were salvaged from bombed and abandoned synagogues, where congregations almost entirely perished.
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