In an act of extraordinary heartfelt generosity, the Conservative Congregation, B’nai Jacob in Ottumwa, Iowa, has donated a Sefer Torah for the express purpose of making it available at the Egalitarian Section of the Kotel.
B’nai Jacob was founded in 1898; their current building (pictured above and built in 1915) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
This gift is is not the congregation’s first–they also donated a Torah scroll to a synagogue in Paraguay.
“We all feel good about the Torahs being donated to places where they will be used and appreciated… ” says Sue Weinberg of B’nai Jacob, whose grandparents and great-grandparents were founding members. ” If we are able to visit Israel again, it will be very exciting to see [the Torah] used at Ezrat Yisrael. Next year in Jerusalem is coming true for one of our Torahs!“