Floods destroy Sifrei Torah in Mumbai, India

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Romiel Daniel, Presiding Officer, Indian Jewish Congregation of USA
Indian Jewish Congregation of USA
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The recent floods because of the monsoons in Mumbai on July 26th 2005 left the large industrial city of Mumbai reeling. 39 inches of rain in one day. This downpour of rain caught the people of Mumbai totally unawares. There has been a huge loss of more than 3000 lives and destruction of property running into millions of dollars.

One of the most important synagogues The Beth-El Synagogue in Panvel, Mumbai was the worst hit. All the SIX Sifrei Torah were totally damaged by the floods along with the prayer books, the Bima, roof and some furniture.

The synagogue at Panvel, India. It was built in 1849 and even today has more than 100 members with their families. However this Synagogue is where most of the Jewish Community in India as well as those outside India from Israel, UK and USA make a pilgrimage. The sole objective of saying prayers in this particular synagogue as well as having the unique Bene Israel EliyaHoo Malida ceremony, an ancient Temple parched grain sacrificial practice, a ceremony of thanksgiving for the peace and happiness of the family and the community.

The high Holydays are approaching and an ancient synagogue being used daily is in jeopardy of not being able to hold services not only for the High Holydays but also the daily and the Sabbath services. Replacing the lost Sifrei Torah is very essential for the continuity of tradition and religious practices.

The Indian Jewish Congregation of USA based in New York makes this appeal to our fellow citizens and Jews around the world to show your support in reviving this synagogue essential for the continuity of tradition and religious practices. We will make all the necessary arrangements to transport and insure the Sifrei Torah reach Mumbai. This is a matter of utmost urgency. These vital spiritual necessities costing about $25,000 each are of primary importance.

We need your help, so we can donate Sifrei Torah to the synagogue.
The contributions will go towards purchasing Sifrei Torah that would be sent to “The Indian Jewish Federation” Mumbai, a reputed Jewish organization in Mumbai, India. They have taken the responsibility for the proper disbursement of funds as also to guarantee the safe deposition of the Sifrei Torah in the Panvel Synagogue. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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