NORWICH – The Norwich Jewish Center held a restoration celebration at its South Broad Street location in the City of Norwich on Sunday, Oct. 6. The center – a one-of-a-kind staple in the community - was vandalized by three local youths in April of 2008. After a lengthy restoration process, the building is back to functioning capacity, thanks to the hard work of both area residents and people from afar.
“What occurred in this beautiful building five years ago was tragic in several senses,” said James Fertig. “It was a tragedy in material damage, but also in human terms.”
According to Fertig, this community had become a refuge to Holocaust refugees and survivors, many of whom have since passed away. Members of the community remain who had lost family members in Auschwitz or other death camps in the 1930s and 1940s in Europe.