Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 2 comments

Some 1,500 Torah scrolls were confiscated from Czech Jewish communities during the Holocaust, and many have been restored and respectfully placed in thriving new communities where they are in use today.  Goucher College Hillel in Baltimore, Maryland acquired one such scroll, and after extensive restoration, it has been put into service at the college. czech torah mantle - shankin I was given the honor of crafting a new mantle and wimple (sash or binder) for the scroll.  Students were encouraged to fill out a questionnaire I designed, and from those answers and consultation with the Hillel directors, we decided that this cover would be muted earth tones with a tree in full leaf representing continuity of life.  The Hebrew words L’Dor Va’dor (from generation to generation) provide a connection to this and future generations of college students who will read from the scroll.  Tiny Czech glass rocaille beads embellish the letters. The mantle cover is constructed of silks – raw, shantung, and dupionne.  Thickly quilted and lined, with hardwood rings on the top, this mantle will serve for years and years to honor and protect a precious rescued legacy!


  1. 3-23-2016

    Please could you let me have the contact details of the person at Goucher College Hillel responsible for looking after this Sefer Torah as I have important information for him.

    Many thanks
    Jeffrey Ohrenstein
    Trustee (Chairman)

    Kent House, Rutland Gardens
    London SW7 1BX United Kingdom
    Tel: 0044 (0) 207 584 3741
    Registered Charity No. 278900

    • 6-15-2016

      Dear Mr. Orenstein. I am so sorry that this is reaching you so late. It seems the ‘contact’ button on my website had been disabled and I am just now catching up! The Hillel director at Goucher College Hillel is Rabbi Josh Snyder. If you need more information than that, please let me know, and I will locate specific contact information for you. Kol tuv, Susan Leviton

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