The Czech Scrolls

The story of the rescue of 1,564 Czech Scrolls by Westminster Synagogue, which arrived at Kent House in February 1964, has passed into history as a small but remarkable episode in the tragedy of European Jewry. As an intimate link with individual congregations that were destroyed by the Nazis, the Scrolls were a symbol of sorrow but also of hope. Over the five decades since their arrival, the racks have grown emptier as one Scroll after another has been restored to its rightful place in Jewish life around the world.

The permanent exhibition which was established in 1988, tells the unique story of the arrival from Prague in 1964 of 1,564 Torah Scrolls and of their restoration and distribution to communities throughout the world. The exhibits include some of these Scrolls, a display of remarkable Torah Binders, some of which date from the 18th century, and other moving reminders of the vanished communities of Bohemia and Moravia.

The Memorial Scrolls Trust is available to offer help. It can advise on the various ways in which a recipient congregation can build the heritage of its Czech Scroll into the life of the community. Through the creation of Scrolls Circles, where individual congregations receive one of several scrolls from a particular town, the Trust provides a forum for sharing information, ideas and experiences in commemorating their shared lost community.

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