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*****FROM KEN KLAWANS*****
A friend who belongs to Temple Or Olam in North Carolina recently told me that their one and only Torah…originally created by stitching together numerous scrolls partially destroyed in the Holocaust…can no longer be restored and they are in need of a new Torah.
They have found a beautiful and healthy scroll written by a Mizrachi scribe. A new Torah can cost $20,000-$40,000. The scroll written by this scribe will cost $12,000.
Please help me help them purchase this Torah. I personally will match all donations received until the $12,000 is raised. Donate $100 and I'll double it. Donate $1,000 and I'll kick in another $1,000. Lets come together to bring this synagogue a new heart. Don't donate for me…donate only if you want to help them.
For more information on Temple Or Olam, click http://www.or-olam.org/?page_id=17380
The Torah is the heart of Jewish community.
When Temple Emanu-El of Weldon, North Carolina, had to close its doors, the community gave one of its two scrolls to us.
Our scroll has an extraordinary history. The many communities who knew our Torah in its youth were destroyed in the Holocaust. Somehow, fragments of their many Torahs – from Moravia, Macedonia, and Lithuania – were saved. Later, these pieces were stitched together to make one complete scroll.
We do not chant from this Torah without acknowledging those who perished in the Shoah. To read from it has been our way to honor and remember them.
After two restorations in nine years, we have learned, to our great sadness, that our Torah is facing retirement. Who knows how her many fragments even survived the conflagrations in Europe? The parchment is well over 100 years old and it has grown unable to hold on to restored letters.
We have found a beautiful and healthy scroll written by a Mizrachi scribe. Her provenance is likely Iran or Iraq. Middle Eastern Jewish communities were the longest continuous Jewish communities in existence until the birth of Israel, when they were forced to dissolve.
We need to raise thousands of dollars to purchase this new scroll, herself a survivor of sorts. Please make a tax-deductible donation in whatever amount you can. Our heartfelt thanks for helping us keep the heart of our community strong.