Who Saved the Scrolls: London

In 1963 Eric Estorick, a London art dealer, was offered the opportunity to purchase the 1,564 Scrolls of the Law, stored by the Museum.  He contacted a client, Ralph Yablon,  who in turn approached Harold Reinhart, Rabbi of Westminster Synagogue.  Together they asked Chimen Abramsky, a Hebrew scholar, to go to Prague and examine the scrolls.

Through the generosity of Ralph Yablon, the scrolls were bought and transported to the Synagogue, from where, through the vision of Rabbi Reinhart and the meticulous administrative work of Ruth Shaffer, they were sent out to synagogues and organisations across the world.  The full story of how the scrolls came to London can be found in the book Out of the Midst of the Fire by Philippa Bernard.

The Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust Museum, Rutland Gardens, London

The Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust Museum, Rutland Gardens, London