Torah Scribe Booked in Philly

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A historic local synagogue brings in a scribe to start work on a new Torah.

Congregation B’nai Abraham brought in expert scribe Rabbi Moshe Klein of New York to begin writing a new Torah scroll as throngs of congregants watched. The actual handwritten creation of a Torah is an ancient art celebrated as a joyous occasion.

The congregation in Society Hill knows from history — it was founded 140 years ago by Russian Jews escaping the terrors of Czar Alexander II. The building on Lombard Street has housed the congregation since 1910.

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