Public is Invited: New Torah Scroll at Rachel´s Tomb

A festive celebration of greeting for a new Torah Scroll will be held Thursday in the Rachel's Tomb complex in Bethlehem. It's just the latest in a series of recovered and refurbished Torah scrolls.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 14:36

The joyous procession will begin at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue at 5 PM, and will continue toward the site where Matriarch Rachel is buried in Bethlehem. Singing and dancing will fill the street from the Great Synagogue to the Inbal Hotel, where buses will transport the Sefer Torah and the celebrants to Kever Rachel.

The Torah Scroll will be presented from the Sefer Torah Recycling Network - an Israeli organization dedicated to finding, refurbishing and relocating old Torah Scrolls - to the Rachel's Children Reclamation Foundation.

The Foundation, headed by Evelyn Haies, played a leading role in acquiring the complex located adjacent to Rachel's Tomb, just south of Jerusalem. It has made it its goal to maintain a steady stream of visitors to Kever Rachel and to maintain continuous learning at the complex.

The Jerusalem Capital Development Fund and Yeshivat Beit Orot were also instrumental in the development of the properties adjacent to Kever Rachel.

Moshe Burt, long-time resident of Ramat Beit Shemesh and founder of the Sefer Torah Recycling Network, facilitated placement of this Torah Scroll. For more information about the many Torah Scrolls for which this organization has found new congregational homes, click on its site.