Two Torah dedication ceremonies: Beth Israel, Bangor, 1930, <p>Bet Haam, South Portland, 2006</p>
Torah scrolls have been written by hand in the same way for over 1000 years. The completion and dedication of a new Torah scroll is cause for a major communal celebration.
Watch a video of a third Torah dedication ceremony, at Portland’s Shaarey Tphiloh synagogue in 1955.
Courtesy of the Bangor Public Library (Beth Israel) and Maine Historical Society[2009.236.004] (Bet Haam)