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Torah in memory of Shira

A 150-year-old Torah dedicated by a prominent Canadian AIDS researcher in memory of Shira Banki, 16, who was stabbed to death last July during Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade, has been donated to a municipality-founded Ethiopian synagogue in the capital.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat holds a Torah that was donated in honor of Shira in a ceremony at the capital’s City Hall. (photo: Jeki Levi)

The scroll, donated by Prof. Mark Wainberg, an internationally recognized expert in the field of HIV research at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital and McGill University of Montreal, was presented to the synagogue by Mayor Nir Barkat during a ceremony on Monday.

“After Prof. Wainberg heard about Banki’s tragic death, he decided to honor her memory by donating a Torah to a community in Jerusalem,” the municipality said in a statement.

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