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Old Torah finds new home at Inn


(L-R) Seth Levy, Menorah Manor’s chief executive officer; Rabbi Leah Herz, Menorah Manor Director of Spiritual Care, and Betsy Englander, Menorah Manor Foundation chair, admire the Torah, which will be used at Inn on the Pond. (L-R) Seth Levy, Menorah Manor’s chief executive officer; Rabbi Leah Herz, Menorah Manor Director of Spiritual Care, and Betsy Englander, Menorah Manor Foundation chair, admire the Torah, which will be used at Inn on the Pond. When the Inn on the Pond, Menorah Manor’s assisted living residence in Clearwater, opens April 1, visitors will find a Torah already in residence, housed in its own ark in a community room that can also be used for services.

The Torah was acquired through a Miami-based company which assists synagogues and Jewish organizations in commissioning new Torah scrolls or purchasing used scrolls.

We purchased this one used and it will be for the Inn on the Pond,” said Menorah Manor Rabbi Leah Herz “It took several months to find the perfect used scroll for us. I wanted something that didn’t weigh too much so that our residents could handle it. I also wanted something with very legible writing so that our residents could read it as well. Any letters in this scroll which were in need of repair were fixed, as were any imperfections in the parchment, stitches, etc. The scroll was checked and re-checked and is certified kosher by the sofer who worked on it.”

This Torah came from a congregation in Maryland. Rabbi Herz said the Torah is believed to be about 100 years old. “We do not know the history of the Torah from the congregation; in other words, we don’t know how or when they acquired it. Some congregations keep very good records and others do not, so it is guesswork to try to recreate the history.”

Rabbi Herz has the name of the congregation and hopes to find out more about the Torah.


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