Century-Old Sefer Torah Being Restored at Bronx Hospital

BRONX (AP) -

A damaged 19th century sefer Torah rescued from the Nazis is being restored at a Bronx hospital.

The sefer Torah is being carefully restored at Calvary Hospital for eventual use in services for its Jewish patients. It dates to 1880 and the restoration is part of a decades-long effort to repair nearly 1,600 sifrei Torah damaged after German forces seized artifacts from Jewish communities during World War II.

The sefer Torah is being worked on by a rabbinical restoration team that is fixing creases, tears and holes. The team is also re-inking words and letters. A Calvary spokesman says the restoration could cost $100,000.