Jewish congregation to re-dedicate centuries-old Torah Sept. 18

Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to join them in a special ceremony to re-dedicate a hundreds’ year old Torah that survived the Holocaust.

This dedication, to be held Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House of the First Congregational Church in Southington comes at the conclusion of a lengthy restoration project to preserve and enhance this 300-plus year-old scroll.

The ceremony will include a presentation of the Torah in addition to other saved scrolls brought in from representatives of other congregations throughout the state.

Though a small group, a press release from Gishrei Shalom said, the congregation has taken on the large responsibility of becoming guardians and restorers of this saved Holocaust Torah, which dates from the 17th century. The scroll comes from the Memorial Scrolls Trust (the repository for saved scrolls) at the Westminster Synagogue in London, England. It was recorded by the Jewish Museum in Prague as having been collected from Caslav-Golcuv-Jenikov. GSJC raised over $20,000 from grants and donations to restore torn sections of the scroll, as well as faded or missing lettering, said the press release.

Sue Kleinman, chairperson of the Torah Restoration Committee, said this was “a labor of love.” Several congregation members had immediate family who were Holocaust survivors. To them and many others, said the release, this scroll is a symbol of the survival of the Jewish people.

Directions to GSJC and general information about upcoming services can be obtained by calling them at (860) 276-9113, visiting their website at or visiting their Facebook page at Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation.


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