Miami-Dade Jewish community restores a recovered Torah

  • Rabbi Menachem Bialo prepares the Torah for restoration. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic at Temple Beth David in Miami on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Executive director of Temple Beth David Joel Berger, left, assists Rabbi Menachem Bialo in rolling the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic at Temple Beth David in Miami on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Senator Gwen Margolis, left, looks on as Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, prepares for the restoration of the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic at Temple Beth David in Miami on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Holocaust survivor Sara Sylvia Reiser, 86, places her fingers on the kosher pen as her son, Sammy Reiser, looks from behind, center, on the process of restoring the Torah with Rabbi Bialo, right. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rabbi Menachem Bialo prepares the Torah for restoration. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic at Temple Beth David in Miami on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Fla, left, sits next to Rabbi Bialo, center, as he explains the process of restoration of the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rabbi Menachem Bialo prepares the Torah for restoration with a kosher pen. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic at Temple Beth David in Miami on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Fla, left, places his finger on top to the kosher pen while Rabbi Bialo, right, restores a letter of the Torah as Florida Senator Gwen Margolis looks on. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Fla, left, places his finger on top to the kosher pen while Rabbi Bialo, right, restores a letter of the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, left, places her fingers on the kosher pen as Rabbi Bialo restores a letter on the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, left, places her fingers on the kosher pen as Rabbi Bialo restores a letter on the Torah. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Holocaust survivor Sara Sylvia Reiser, 86, places her fingers on the kosher pen during restoring process of the Torah with Rabbi Bialo, right. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of the Yellin family all participate in the restoration of a letter with Rabbi Bialo. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Holocaust survivor Sara Sylvia Reiser, 86, embraces Cantor Julie Jacobs as they sing together after Reiser completed the restoration of a letter on the Torah with Rabbil Bialo, right. Rabbi Menachem Bialo, 29, received help from members of Miami-Dade Jewish community in the restoration of one of the 1,564 Torahs seized by the Nazis and found after the WWII in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 14, 2013. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barbara Lefcourt of Miami holds a photo of her parents Sylvia and Sidney Lefcourt, who joined Miami's oldest synagogue Beth David in 1936. Lefcourt had seen more than 1,500 Torahs that had been rescued from the Nazis in London's Westminster Synagogue, and determined with her brother Jeffrey to present one to the congregation in their parents' honor. On Sunday, April 14, Beth David invited Holocaust survivors and South Floridians to help restore the Torah by inscribing a Hebrew letter on the parchment under a scribe's supervision. When fully restored, the Torah, which was found in the village of Mlanda Vozice, Czechoslovakia, and which dates to 1890, will be returned to the congregation, which will use it for the first time since the Holocaust began. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • This is the Torah from 1890 that Beth David Congregegation is helping to restore. The Nazis seized the Torah and it was found in a village in Czechslovakia and made its way to London, where a woman from Beth David saw it in a room filled with more than 1,500 seizd Torahs. Thus began her quest with her brother to bring one of the Torahs to Beth David, which invited Holocaust survivors on Sunday to help restore the Hebrew letters in the Torah.