AT the timeless time of High Holy Days in 2012, Jerry and Sharon Tinianow, who had just moved here from Ohio, came to services with our B’nai Havurah congregation. Some time later, after talking with Rabbi Evette Lutman and joining B’nai Havurah, an amazing Torah with an amazing story came to live with our community.
For Simchat Torah 2013, Jerry Tinianow brought out the Tinianow Torah and told its story. How did this Torah make its way here from Babruysk, Belarus? Therein lies a tale!
This extraordinary Torah’s birth and early life are shrouded in mystery. But, some of its story is revealed as I talk with Jerry. His family lived in Babruysk, Belarus for generations. He knows some of the story, and recently he contacted the oldest member of his family, his 98-year-old Aunt Rose Frank, in Ohio, to learn more. She fondly remembers the family Torah from her childhood.