Nicaraguan Jews have a Torah for the first time in nearly 30 years.
A new Torah scroll was sent to the country in August, replacing the one that left the country for Costa Rica after a fire ravaged the countryâ€™s only synagogue in 1978 and the leftist Sandinista Revolution the following year forced the country’s Jewish community into exile.
The damaged synagogue was expropriated in the 1980s and now is a funeral home. Since the Sandinistas lost the 1990 elections, Jews have been trickling back to the country. Nicaraguaâ€™s Jewish community today numbers about 60 people.
Chana Sorhegan of New Jersey donated the scroll, which will be kept in the home of a Sabbath-observant community member, since the community has no permanent meeting place or synagogue. The Torah is to be welcomed in a celebratory ceremony following the High Holy Days, community president Eduardo Translateur said.
Translateur said the Torah’s arrival is a major step toward rebuilding Nicaraguan Jewry.
â€œThe Torah was brought here last week and it is very beautiful,â€ he told JTA. â€œSlowly, slowly we are moving forward.â€
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