Dead Sea Secular Kibbutz Welcomes its First Torah Scroll

37 years after it became a kibbutz, Kalia welcomed its first very own Torah scroll into its gates this week, celebrated together by Hassidim, bare-headed Jews and others (see below).

Kalia is a kibbutz overlooking the northwestern edge of the Dead Sea. Its name is actually an acronym for four Hebrew words meaning “the Sea of Death comes to life” (kam l’tychiya yam hamavet). Its members are traditional or secular – except for the Yinon family, which became observant ten years ago. Prof. Amos Yinon, who runs the local “synagogue” – as well as the Internal and Infective Diseases Department in Shaar Zedek Medical Center – has lived in Kibbutz Kalia for many years, and organized the festive Torah installation ceremony.


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