The Second Life of Czech Torah Scrolls


December 3, 2018 - January 4, 2019,

[3rd Floor]

The exhibition, a series of illustrative panels, highlights the tradition of the Torah scroll and its place in the life of the synagogue. It also covers the fate of Torah scrolls from Bohemia and Moravia during and after the Shoah. Particular focus is on the circumstances surrounding their subsequent sale in 1964 and on their current existence. In addition, it draws attention to the most interesting activities of the congregations that are now using the scrolls. The exhibition is accompanied by a film of the same name (directed by Ivan Pokorny).

The vast majority of usable Torah scrolls from Bohemia and Moravia have now been distributed to Jewish congregations, Shoah memorials, museums and libraries across the world. The rest of the scrolls are part of a collection in a small museum at Kent House which commemorates the fate of the scrolls and the history of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia. The scrolls that the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust has loaned to congregations are being looked after with great care. These congregations realize the value of the memory of every individual scroll and are developing a number of projects that promote knowledge of the life of the Jewish community in Bohemia and Moravia.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

Organized by: Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews ,Jewish Museum in Prague, BBLA, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic