Tuesday 29 May 2012
A Wandering Sofer Comes to Rest
This photograph shows Sofer David Brand working on a Czech Scroll at his desk on the third floor of Kent House. Not long after the scrolls arrived at Westminster Synagogue, he was walking along Knightsbridge and saw the sign on the street corner (no longer up since these days it is not considered secure to publicly announce the presence of a synagogue). He knocked on the door and asked if there were any Torah scrolls that needed mending. "Come in, sit down," he was told, "er ... we have one thousand, five hundred and sixty four Torahs!"
Sofer Brand stayed with us for 27 years until he retired and moved to Israel, where he still lives.