Our Holocaust Scroll

As many of you know, I just returned from a family trip to England. During our visit, we had the opportunity to tour the Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum at Westminster Synagogue in London. This museum is a tribute to the 1,564 scrolls that were left without Jewish communities after the horrors of the Holocaust. In 1964, these scrolls were rescued and brought to Westminster Synagogue where they were lovingly taken care of, restored and kept safe. In the mid-1980’s, thanks to the Spanier family, longtime Ramat Shalom congregants, we adopted one of these scrolls and it’s been at the heart of our community ever since. While I would have loved to have brought our Holocaust scroll with me as I visited the museum, this was just not possible. So, I decided to bring the scroll’s wimple – the belt that holds the Torah together when it’s not being read.  I…