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Rosh Hashanah 2018: Woodford Green synagogue celebrates by changing coat of Torah scroll

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 11 September 2018

Rabbi David Hulbert, Rabbi Richard Jacobi and donors Jacqueline and Gilbert Herzog. Photo: East London and Essex Liberal Synaogogue

Rabbi David Hulbert, Rabbi Richard Jacobi and donors Jacqueline and Gilbert Herzog. Photo: East London and Essex Liberal Synaogogue

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A Woodford Green synagogue celebrated Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - by placing a new covering upon their Torah scroll.

The Torah Scroll is dressed in a white Mantle on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Photo: East London and Essex Liberal SynaogogueThe Torah Scroll is dressed in a white Mantle on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Photo: East London and Essex Liberal Synaogogue

Members of East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, in Marlborough Road, came together to usher in the year 5779 on the evening of Sunday, September 9.

“It is traditional to dress our Torah scrolls in white on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” said Rabbi David Hulbert.

“The scroll originated in the tiny Jewish community of Blatne, a Moravian village 50 miles south of Prague.

“The 28 gold and silver stars on the new mantle represent 28 Jews from Blatne who were deported to Theresienstadt in 1942.

Three perished in the Theresienstadt ghetto while the remainder were all murdered in Auschwitz, he added.

Rabbi Hulbert and Rabbi Richard Jacobi carried the scroll into the synagogue and placed it in the Ark.

Jacqueline and Gilbert Herzog, from Florida, donated the scroll’s new mantle - or covering - in memory of their late daughter Jenny Sclaire.

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