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Czech torah restoration


     Sefer Torah #531 was entrusted to Congregation Chaverim in 1976 by the Memorial Scrolls Trust of London, England. They rescued over 1500 scrolls confiscated by the Nazis from Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia during World War II. Read more about the Memorial Scrolls Trust here.


     For 47 years we have cared for, read from, and cherished this scroll. We have used this scroll during our dor v’dor (from generation to generation) processions at b’nai mitzvah ceremonies, on Mt. Lemmon on Rosh  Hashanah, and at many Shabbats and other services. 


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Photo from our scrapbook of CZ Torah dedication ceremony in 1976 - News article originally published in the AZ Jewish Post

    With a grant from Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona we have hired Rabbi Kevin Hale of Boston, MA to repair and restore our Czech Holocaust Sefer Torah.

Rabbi Hale, scribe, repairing a scroll

     During the week of January 22-27 Rabbi Hale is scheduled to be in Tucson mending and restoring our Sefer Torah. As an esteemed educator he will provide historical information about the Sefer Torah and the Holocaust and the opportunity to experience Torah at a physical, cultural and religious level. There will be several opportunities for members of the community to visit different venues around Tucson to participate in this project.

Monday Jan 22  12-6
   Congregation Chaverim
Tuesday Jan 23 12-6
   Congregation Anshei Israel
Wednesday Jan 24 8:30-3:30
   Tucson Hebrew Academy
Thursday Jan 25 10-3
   Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC)
With survivors, staff and others from Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona [JFCS]
Friday  Jan 26 10-3
    University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
Friday Jan 26   7 pm
    Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center
Evening Shabbat Service for International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Congregation Chaverim, Survivors and staff of JFCS of Southern Arizona and students from University of Arizona Hillel Foundation.

Saturday Jan 27 9:30-Noon
     Congregation Anshei Israel
Shabbat Shirah with Rabbi Sara Metz and cantor Nichole Chomey
For more information contact:
(520) 320-1015



Wed, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784