Megillat Lostice – A Scroll of Resilience
This four-chapter scroll was handwritten on archival paper by calligrapher Judith Joseph. Siona Benjamin created four amazing painted illustrations, making this new Megillah an illuminated manuscript.
How does one paint resilience?
For this scroll, the answer became “light.” You’ll see in each image that light is indestructible and it shines through. The light cannot be contained or blotted out, no matter how hard someone may try. This is about the history of the Holocaust Scrolls, the Czech torah scrolls from Lostice that survived the Second World War. One of these ancient scrolls now resides at Congregation Ohev Shalom….and is the story of survival and resilience. Siona Benjamin made this scroll project under the guidance of Rabbi Jeremy Gerber.
Research photos showing the Lostice synagogue in Czechoslovakia and a photo of the ancient scrolls found there.