On Sunday, Sept. 18, members of Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation unveiled a restored Torah that was rescued during the holocaust. The Torah was presented during a rededication ceremony at the First Congregational Church on Main Street where proclamations from the Town Council, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and President Barack Obama were read. The local congregants are proud shomrim (guardians) of the Holocaust Torah from the Czech Republic. During the restoration project, a sofer (scribe) dated parts of the Torah to the late 1600s. The congregation will use the Torah throughout the year.
Photos by JOHN GORALSKI