Every Shabbat and holiday for the last 16 years, Sha'arei Am: The Santa Monica Synagogue has chanted the 3,000-year-old words from a Torah scroll salvaged from Susice. The congregation's quest to find a survivor from the town led them to Gruna, which led Gruna to physically touch a past once thought long demolished which led Sha'arei Am members to a connection to Jewish history more tangible than most are privileged to feel.
Sha'arei Am flew Gruna, 82, from her home in New Jersey to Los Angeles to participate in a rededication ceremony in May.
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