Remembering: 1600 scrolls saved from the flames of the Holocaust and restored to us

Remembering: 1600 scrolls saved from the flames of the Holocaust and restored to use
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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 50 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

A Sacred Responsibility

A Sacred Responsibility

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 whole communities, whose names might otherwise be forgotten. In many cases they are their congregation’s only scrolls, defiantly enabling the continuity of Jewish life. Some of the scrolls are used to bring together different faiths, to understand each others’ 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, our 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 for a new generation.

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