Torah survives Holocaust, now in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — A long-lost Torah, discovered in a basement in Carlsbad, Czechoslovakia, will be brought to its new home in Carlsbad, California.
The Torah will be dedicated by its new owner, Chabad at La Costa, at the Jan. 10 event at the Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Hidden in the basement, the 200-year-old Torah scroll, survived the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia.
In honor of this historic occasion, Chabad at La Costa is hosting a concert featuring world-famous Cantorial Master Joseph Malovany, considered one of the top cantors in the world, along with the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir.
Following the concert there will be a celebratory banquet where members and friends of the synagogue will not only rejoice in the newly acquired Torah, but will also celebrate the “burning of the mortgage” and unveil plans for a new complex of buildings planned for the Jewish community in Carlsbad.
Rabbi Eilfort emphasized that the community is welcome to participate in this historic event by contacting the JCC Box Office at (858) 362-1348. More information is also available at
“The dedication of a new Torah scroll is considered a very joyous event in the Jewish religion, but when the Torah scroll has miraculously survived the inferno of the Holocaust, extra joy is added to the occasion,” said Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort, director of Chabad at La Costa.


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