Tak­ing on the man­tle in Es­sex

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A NEW year has brought a new man­tle for the Czech To­rah scroll at East Lon­don & Es­sex Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue.

The man­tle — used for the first time at Rosh Hashanah — is in mem­ory of Jenny Sclaire, a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion who died just over a year ago.

It was do­nated by her cousins Jac­queline and Gil­bert Herzog and de­signed and em­broi­dered by Kathy Sylvester of Not­ting­ham Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue.

The scroll’s ori­gins were in the tiny com­mu­nity of Blatne, a Mo­ra­vian vil­lage 50 miles south of Prague.

Twenty-eight gold and sil­ver stars on the new man­tle rep­re­sent the Jews from Blatne who were de­ported to There­sien­stadt in 1942. Three of them died there; the other 25 died in Auschwitz.

Rab­bis and donors wel­come the To­rah man­tle

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