The Memorial Scrolls Trust has a sacred responsibility for nearly 1600 Czech Torah scrolls. The scrolls were rescued from the Holocaust by the Prague Jewish community, which largely perished, and were brought to Westminster Synagogue almost 50Â years ago.
Through the scrolls we:
– Remember European Jewish life before the Holocaust as well as its tragic destruction
– Challenge those who interact with the scrolls to confront prejudice and hatred
– Inspire them to action by committing to their Jewish lives and working to build bridges across communities
Through the work of the Trust, today, these scrolls can be found in every corner of the globe. They help their host congregations to remember not just individual Jews, but wholeÂ communities, whose names might otherwise be forgotten. In many cases they are their congregationâ€™s only scrolls, defiantly enabling the continuity of Jewish life. Some of the scrolls are used to bring together different faiths, to understand eachÂ othersâ€™ traditions and beliefs, and pray together. Others have even played a part in reuniting families.
Fifty years on, as the remaining survivors grow ever older, ourÂ mission is more important than ever. We ask for your help to continue to give these dynamic messengers a second life as a focus for education, interfaith understanding and action forÂ a new generation.