Our oldest Torah (sacred scroll), dating from the mid-1800's, is in need of repair.
While we can't be sure if this is the oldest Torah in New Zealand, it is very likely. Every rabbi who sees it is impressed by how beautiful it is.
However, as time goes by, it is starting to show its age. We have noticed that it has developed an orange mould; some of the letters are smudged and in need of a scribe's handiwork; the wooden spool is split; the parchment panels need to be restitched.
We have located a scribe who can restore it, but our small congregation will have difficulty with this expense. Any help you can donate is very appreciated!
We are a registered charity, and we can provide donation receipts if required.
We are a congregation of Jews in the city of Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island. Our congregation has been around since the mid-1800's, when Dunedin had a thriving Jewish population. Nowadays, we are down to about 20 members, and we do our best to maintain our heritage.
Your donation will pay for transport and repair of the Torah.
Timeline has been extended! 10 January 2018
Thank you all for your generous donations! We are extending this fundraising effort for a few more months, until we have the funds available to pay the Torah scribe for his work.
Because we want to have all the repair work done at one time, we are holding onto your donations until we have enough funds to pay for the scribe, transport costs, and insurance. We're almost halfway there!
Again, thank you for enabling us to take care of our Torah! The preservation of this cultural and spiritual asset will be appreciated for generations to come.
Thank you so much for your generous donation, Jana!
Thank you David!
Thank you Bobby!