Prague's Old-New Synagogue gets first new Torahs since World War Two
HOME CONTACT US LOGIN

Prague's Old-New Synagogue gets first new Torahs since World War Two
Members of the Czech Jewish Community write final words in a new Torah scroll during a ceremony in the medieval Old-New Synagogue in Prague
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Prague's medieval Old-New Synagogue received two new Torah scrolls on Sunday, the first ones since World War Two shattered the country's once-thriving Jewish community.

The Torahs, funded by donations to the Prague Jewish community, were written in Israel and brought into the synagogue in a ceremony that included scripting of the final letters by guests and members of the community, and a street dance.

"After years when Torahs were being destroyed, burnt ... the community today celebrates with its rabbi a new Torah scroll after many, many years. That is the best expression of the development of the Prague Jewish community," said deputy head of the Jewish Community of Prague, Frantisek Banyai.

The Old-New Synagogue is over 700 years old, one of the oldest existing synagogues in Europe. Apart from its significance to the community, it is the main attraction of Prague's Jewish Town, a popular destination for visitors.

Before World War Two, there were about 125,000 Jews living in what is now the Czech Republic. About 80,000 were killed during the war. 

The Czech Federation of Jewish Communities estimates 15-20,000 Jews live in the Czech Republic now, although only about a quarter is registered with Jewish communities or other Jewish groups.

(Reporting by Jiri Skacel; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

First Published: 2017-03-20 05:35:11
Updated 2017-03-20 21:18:52



© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Reuters content is the intellectual property of Thomson Reuters or its third party content providers. Any copying, republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. "Reuters" and the Reuters Logo are trademarks of Thomson Reuters and its affiliated companies.
Most read today
Most read yesterday
Send e-mail to for any enquiries or see Contact Details for phone numbers
Home   •   Terms & conditions   •   PAIA   •   Privacy Policy   •   Security Notice   •   Contact Details
Market Statistics are calculated by Sharenet and are therefore not the official JSE Market Statistics. The calculation/derivation may include underlying JSE data.
© 2017 SHARENET (PTY) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa