Torah Scroll tribute to ‘much-loved’ rabbi who died from coronavirus

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Torah Scroll tribute to ‘much-loved’ rabbi who died from coronavirus

Members of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue have commissioned a Torah Scroll in Rabbi Neil Kraft's memory, who died from coronavirus last year.

Rabbi Neil Kraft is remembered as much-loved, respected and greatly appreciated
Rabbi Neil Kraft is remembered as much-loved, respected and greatly appreciated

A new Torah Scroll will be written in memory of a popular rabbi who sadly died of Covid.

Rabbi Neil Kraft, of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue (EHRS), passed away from coronavirus in March last year, and members of the shul wanted to provide a memorial to him.

The shul decided to commission the writing of a new Torah Scroll in Rabbi Kraft’s name – and set about raising £30,000 to do so.

The target was achieved last week, just two months since the appeal started after more than 200 people donated.

“I am staggered at the response from the members of EHRS as well as some non-members,” said Laurence Stein, who chaired the fundraising drive.

“We expected it to take many months to reach our target but Rabbi Kraft was a much loved, respected and greatly appreciated man and Rabbi, and those who admired him just wanted to donate as quickly as they could. 

“Neil taught, loved and cherished Torah, so a new Scroll is the perfect lasting memorial.”

The synagogue hopes the new scroll will be ready for next year’s High Holy Days.

New breastplates, rimmonim, and a yad still need to be purchased. Anyone who wishes to donate can email

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