JP Updates: City Council, Holocaust Survivors Commemorate Restored WWII Torah Scroll

By Ryan Haas

September 10, 2015

Nearly 100 Holocaust survivors filed into City Hall on Wednesday to celebrate a good deed, or in Hebrew, a “mitzvah.”

Survivors of the Holocaust were joined by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Jewish Caucus of the New York City Council, New York City council members and Jewish community members to commemorate the restoration of a Torah Scroll lost in Poland for 70 years during World War II, and the Survivor Initiative, which will use its designated $1.5 million to help fund programs for tens of thousands of survivors living in poverty...

Council member Mark Levine urged those in attendance to learn from the older generations and their battle in the Holocaust. “I learned and studied what happened during that time period, but for our younger generations, and for our children, it’s important they must know too,” Levine said during his speech. “Let us learn from you.”

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