Save our Torah!

$5,021 of $6,000 goal
Given by 29 generous donors in one year

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.

About us

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.

Use of funds

Your donation will pay for transport and repair of the Torah.

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Latest update

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.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 30 Aug 2018
Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Thank you!

Dunedin Jewish Congregation
Jana Vytrhlik, Sydney
Jana Vytrhlik, Sydney on 20 Aug 2018
I’m researching 1800s Judaica and look forward to visiting Dunedin soon.
Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Thank you so much for your generous donation, Jana!

Dunedin Jewish Congregation
David Zwartz
David Zwartz on 06 May 2018
Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Thank you David!

Dunedin Jewish Congregation
Bobby Meyer
Bobby Meyer on 10 Apr 2018
From His hands - to ours. First to survive, then to thrive.
Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Thank you Bobby!

Dunedin Jewish Congregation
Hensons on 08 Mar 2018
Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Thank you!

Dunedin Jewish Congregation

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