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Seabrook Permanently Loaned Czech Holocaust Torah Scroll

May 17, 2017

A Torah Scroll rescued in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust is on permanent loan to Seabrook Retirement Community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, from Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. Through the generosity of the Seabrook Faith Communities, residents and staff, Seabrook raised more than $5,000 to fund the project. 


Resident Manny Herbst, whose family was impacted by the Holocaust, led the fundraising initiative with the help of his wife Miriam, Seabrook Pastoral Ministries Manager David Bowman and Seabrook Pastoral Associate Reb Abby Cahn.


This particular Torah was written ca. 1794 and used in a synagogue until it was taken for safekeeping during World War II in Prague. Over 1,500 Czech Torahs were saved, many of which are now on loan to synagogues and other organizations around the world. 


"As far as we know, Seabrook is the only continuing care retirement community to have one of these very special Torahs," said Bowman.  "We are honored to be able to share this important piece of history with our residents and the outside community."


Members of Seabrook's Woodshop Group are currently building a cabinet to protect and display the Toray for its new home outside of Seabrook's Town Square Auditorium.


"Our hope is to teach future generations not to forget the Holocaust," said Herbst.


"As the Torah is displayed, may it be a continual reminder for us never to let such evil overcome us again," said Bowman.


Seabrook Pastoral Ministries Department serves residents of all faiths by facilitating worship services, offering counseling and coordinating activities that foster spiritual growth.


Seabrook is one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 98-acre campus is located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and is home to more than 1,400 residents.


Photo from left, Mirian Herbst, Manny Herbst, Seabrook Pastoral Associate Reb Abby Cahn, and Seabrook Pastoral Ministries Manager David Bowman.