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Six Holocaust-Era Torahs To Be Reunited at Yom HaShoah Ceremony Sunday 4/22/12 at The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ

DATE:  Sunday, April 22, 2012

 

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

 

EVENT: "The Susice Holocaust Torahs: The Story-The Journey-The Reunion" 

 

LOCATION: The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Princeton, New Jersey:

 

 

Six Holocaust-Era Torahs To Be Reunited at Yom HaShoah Ceremony Sunday 4/22/12

at The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ

 

Princeton, NJ - The Jewish Center invites the public to a program entitled "The Susice Holocaust Torahs: The Story. The Journey. The Reunion." This special reunion will take place on Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. in observance of Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observed in Israel and the United States. The event is presented in conjunction with the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, located at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), The New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education and the Czech Torah Network.

The program will bring together six sacred scrolls that were part of the religious life of Susice, Czechoslovakia, a small Jewish community in Czechoslovakia in the early Twentieth Century. After World War II, these sacred scrolls were collected and housed at the Westminster Synagogue in London and eventually sent out to six different communities. This will be the first time they will be back together in over 65 years.

Rabbi Adam Feldman, of The Jewish Center, says "We want to bring these sacred scrolls together to demonstrate to members of our community, both those who survived and those who have only learned about the Shoah from others, how important it is to continue to tell the stories of what happened to our people and how these sacred scrolls survived."

One scroll is currently on permanent display at The Jewish Center, while a second one is on display at MCCC's Holocaust Center. The other four are being flown in under the care of congregation members from Sha'arei Am Synagogue in Santa Monica, CA, Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, MI, Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO, and The Jewish Congregation of Venice, FL. The airline tickets for these sacred scrolls are being donated by United Airlines.

In addition to the remarkable story of the Torahs and how they came to their present homes, guests will include Hana Gruna, a New Jersey resident who is now 92 and one of the few Jewish Holocaust survivors from Susice. Also expected to attend will be representatives of the NJ State Commission on Holocaust Education, the Czech Torah Network and the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

For more information, contact Neil Wise at nwise@thejewishcenter.org or 609-921-0100 x209.

The Jewish Center is a Conservative Jewish congregation serving the greater-Princeton area and providing members with opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, social and Jewish growth.   The Jewish Center is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Shabbat services are Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9:45 a.m.

 

Visit The Jewish Center at 435 Nassau Street, Princeton or at www.thejewishcenter.org.