Calvary to Dedicate Historic Torah

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Torah dedication scheduled for Nov. 9.

Following a successful year-long initiative to restore a historic 135-year-old Torah scroll on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London, Calvary Hospital will dedicate the restored Torah Wednesday, Nov. 9 at their Bronx campus, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and the program will start 6:30 p.m. Dietary laws will be observed.

This Torah scroll – No. 515 and dating from 1880 – is originally from the town of Taus-Domažlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republic. Hosting the dedication on Kristallnacht, a date that is often recognized as the beginning of the Holocaust, is especially fitting as this scroll is itself a survivor of this tragedy. After the dedication, this scroll will once again be kosher for use in services and Jewish rituals.

Special guests who will be in attendance will include Jeffrey Ohrenstein, executive director of the Memorial Scrolls Trust (, and Rabbi Moshe Druin of Sofer On Site, the company that handled the restoration. Reservations are strongly recommended by Friday, Nov. 4. To RSVP, please email Vanessa Rovira at vrovira(at) or call the Calvary special events hotline at (718) 576-2809.

Since it was founded in 1899, Calvary has always welcomed patients from diverse faiths and religions. The Hospital is grateful to the Charles R. and Winifred R. Weber Foundation for their early, generous support of the Torah restoration project. To support this important initiative, please visit

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For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully-accredited, acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to

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