Rabbi Debra Orenstein is pictured with the Torah. (Courtesy CBI)

Rabbi Debra Orenstein is pictured with the Torah. (Courtesy CBI)

Debra Orenstein, the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson, stands with a special 19th century Torah scroll, above, which was buried in a graveyard near a synagogue in an effort to protect it from the Nazis on the night before Kristallnacht. After the war ended the scroll was exhumed — still dressed in its mantel — brought to the United States, and restored. Eventually it found a home in the Hillcrest Jewish Center, which was headed by Rabbi Orenstein’s grandfather, Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz.

This year, the Torah was central in B’nai Israel’s Yom HaShoah program.