Pointer to fam­ily his­tory

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY ELLIE JA­COBS

RE­SEARCH­ING A fam­ily name in the JC ar­chives, Ken­neth Keller found a re­port in an 1895 edi­tion about a To­rah pointer

(yad) Char­lotte Schoen­feld had pre­sented to Dublin He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, Ade­laide Road, to cel­e­brate the mar­riage of her daugh­ter to Mr Keller’s pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther.

Af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Dublin con­gre­ga­tion, Terenure, now in pos­ses­sion of the “hand­some pointer of gold and sil­ver fil­i­gree”, the yad will fea­ture in the bar­mitz­vah cer­e­mony of his grand­son, Ben­jamin Ger­sh­lick, on Shab­bat at Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Sy­n­a­gogue.

The Dublin shul was ini­tially re­luc­tant to lend the pointer, one of its old­est pieces of Ju­daica. “As a last re­sort, I was pre­pared to fly over and get it and then bring it back,” Mr Keller said. That was not nec­es­sary as a Terenure mem­ber vis­it­ing Lon­don this week brought the yad over. Mr Keller said he and his grand­son were “re­ally ex­cited” about the his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion, which he hoped the rabbi would re­fer to in his ser­mon.

(be­low) the yad

Ken­neth Keller and Ben­jamin Ger­sh­lick and

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