After the fire in December that damaged Beit Midrash Morasha and burned the contents of the ark, the Cape SAJBD donated very special silver rimonim to the shul to replace those that were destroyed.
These rimonim, made in 1860 Vienna, had been looted by the Nazis and given to the Board by the US Army as part of the ‘Jewish Reconstruction’ programme, on the understanding that they would one day be given to a community who needed them.
Seventy years after these rimonim were stolen from a synagogue, they are once again adorning a Sefer Torah, fulfilling the reason for which they were so lovingly made nearly 160 years ago.
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