Temple Shalom is pleased to display Sefer Torah Number 1464 on long term loan from Memorial Scrolls Trust. It is one of the 1564 Czech Memorial Scrolls that were part of the Jewish Treasures saved in Prague during the Nazi Occupation of 1939-45. They came from the desolate communities of Bohemia and Moravia, and were under the control of the Czechoslovak Government. The scrolls were housed in a derelict synagogue by curators of the Jewish Museum in Prague, acquired with the help of good friends in England, and brought to the Westminster Synagogue in London in 1964. Many of these Torahs have been distributed around the world so that Jewish Communities will never forget the Jewish tragedy during World War II.
This Sefer Torah at Temple Shalom was facilitated by the generosity of Susan Sirmai Feinberg and Nancy Sirmai Smith, along with Susan’s husband Stuart Feinberg and the rest of the family, in honor of their family in Hungary. Some family members were Holocaust Survivors but many did not survive. The Torah originally came from Brno and was written in the mid 19th Century. It was dedicated at Temple Shalom in January 2020.