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Submitted by David Pinchuk

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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 6/2/2013 4:50 PM
Family Surname:
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Ancestors of the Pinchuk, Scutelsky or Segal family.
From Latvia

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6/13/2013 5:25 PM Great photo!

Do you know which town in Latvia this might be from? Where did the family live?

My guess is that the man in the photo just paid to have this Torah scroll made, and he is posing with it before donating it to the synagogue. This suggests that he was an important, relatively affluent community leader.

Maybe someone can translate the Hebrew lettering on the Torah? Unfortunately, the letters in the middle are very faint. If you could darken the photo and adjust its sharpness in Photoshop, you might be able to make out the Hebrew letters. They likely tell you who donated the Torah scroll (probably the man in the photo), and the event. (Whether he donated upon the birth of a grandchild, the Bar Mitzvah of a son, etc).

Good luck!

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