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Historic Torah Scrolls Restoration Project

Shearith Israel owns 49 Torah Scrolls. Of these about a dozen are kosher (fit for ritual use). Our hazzan, Rabbi Ira Rohde, rotates these sifrei Torah so that most of these scrolls remain in active use during the liturgical year.

 

Some scrolls have fallen into disuse because of relatively minor problems, such as cracked letters. Other problems affecting the kosher status of a Torah are harder to repair, such as fading or discolored letters, flaking ink, or mold accumulation. Many of these scrolls are waiting for expert repairs to be made so that these holy objects can be put back into use. However, there are also a significant number of scrolls that are damaged beyond repair.

 

Earlier this year, we began a project to assess all of our sifrei Torah and identify if any of our historic scrolls could be repaired and returned to kosher status. Several historic scrolls were identified as repairable.

 

The scroll that we decided to inaugurate this repair project with is called the “Samuel N. Hart Sefer” which you can read all about in our Commemorative Booklet from our "Travels of the Torah" Year of Years event. It was expertly repaired by Rabbi Hanokh Gez (pictured above) of Machon Ot, under the direction of Rabbi Yizhak Goldstein, and used in a majestic rededication ceremony.

 

Depending on available funds, additional historic scrolls will be repaired. We hope to work on the Ephraim Hart Sefer next.

 

We hope that all of you will join us in this important and historic project.

To contribute, click here.

 

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors (as of 10/7/19):

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William and JoBeth Abecassis

Nicole and Raanan Agus

Alfandary-Nahon Family

Anthony Bregman & Malaika Amon

Louise Arias

Ceceil & Ariel Bengio

Norman Benzaquen

Esme & Roger Berg

Karyn Braka Bogart

Betty Capelluto Emden

Samuel H. Cohen

Emy Cohenca

Jonathan C Cordeiro

Karen & Jack Daar

Sharon Dane

David Deutscher

Rose & Henry Edinger

Zachary & Malka Edinger

Josh Eisen

Faith Fogelman

Estelle Freilich

Laury, Reuben, & Matea Frieber

Simon Gerson

Arlette Montezinos Jassel Goldstein

Kaplan/Cycowicz family

Sharon Kessler

Rachel Neumark Herlands & Jonathan Herlands

Susan & Roger Hertog

Adrienne Muriel Zariski & Robert Alan Holzwasser

Suzanne and Norman Javitt

Ellen & Robert Kapito

Vicki & Sam Katz

Edward W. Kerson

Roy & Stephanie Kirsh

Jackie & Andrew Klaber

Stephen & Mona Klaber

David & Marcia Lavipour

Elisabeth Levi Senigaglia

Susan Lobel

Liliane Marks

Dinah & Andrew Mendes

Col. Jonathan de Sola Mendes

Jenny Michael

Ruth and Theodore N. Mirvis

Naomi & Peter Neustadter

James L.J. Nuzzo

Tikva & Irwin Ostrega

Gail Propp & Family (Gomberg, Riesenberg)

Elaine Rubel

Gillian & Simon Salama-Caro

Angela Salas

Iris H. Sasson

Carol and Alan Schechter

Alene Schneierson & Morris Krimolovsky

Judith & Joel Schreiber

William & Esther Schulder

Constance Shapiro

Isaac & Judith Sherman

Robert Sidi

Luiz Carlos Barreto Silva

Meyer N. Solny

The Solomon Family

Oliver Stanton

Aviva and Marvin Sussman

Robyn & Mark Tsesarsky

Rev. Salomon L. Vaz Dias

Paula Walter

Roselyn Weitzner

Susan Wind

Rivka and Marc Wiznia

Charlotte Treifus & Lloyd Zuckerberg

 

 

 

Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

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Seventieth Street Synagogue
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