Oct 31, 2013
By Michael Kramer
One of Toronto’s oldest relics is being given new life.
It’s a 250-year-old Torah scroll – locatedatthe Kol Ami Synagogue in Thornhill.
The rare relics thought to have survived a fire set by the Nazis in a Czechoslovakian synagogue in 1939.
The ancient scrollwill 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 Amis Rabbi Micah Streiffer says the Torah scroll is a sacred obligation for the communityand it’s importantfor people to continue takingcare 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.