Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Just said goodbye to the lovely Dr Joseph Toltz, who has been a great friend to the MST for many years, helping to discover the whereabouts, retrieve and reallocate Czech scrolls across Australia.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Susan Boyer has sent us the following message:
We are pleased to announce that Temple Beth El of Hollywood in conjunction with the Memorial Scrolls Trust is hosting Florida’s first ever Holocaust Torah Reunion. This weekend long event will take place on February 12 – 14, 2016.
The events of the weekend have been planned to educate and celebrate. The foremost authorities will be present to host workshops and lectures on the restoration, preservation, and continued use of these treasured scrolls. Expert sofrim will be on hand to examine the Torahs and reveal their individual histories. Learn how many of the scribes used hidden mystical symbols in creating these scrolls, and find out if your congregation’s Holocaust Torah has these, too. Many holocaust survivors will be present to share their stories of endurance – not unlike the unique stories of survival each of these scrolls has as well.
We hope to reunite many of these precious Torah scrolls for the first time since they were rescued and taken to the Westminster Synagogue in London in 1964. It was soon after they were rescued that the Memorial Scrolls Trust was established. The Trust’s purpose was, and still is, to ensure that these precious scrolls would be distributed to congregations throughout the world to be loved and cherished by future generations.
Your participation is crucial to that very cause and to the Torah Reunion’s success. Please consider attending and bringing your congregation’s Holocaust Torah with you. Round-the-clock security will be on hand to guard the Torahs in our sanctuary, should you decide to bring and store your scroll with ours.
A detailed schedule of events is available for all participants. Honor your Holocaust Torah by learning as much as you can about it, while honoring us with your presence. Please contact Lynn Strauss at 305-205-5151 for further information. You may also contact our Temple office staff at 954-920-8225 to accept our invitation.
As valuable as these Torahs are to preserve and protect, they are even more valuable restored and read from regularly. They must be used and cherished, or the evils of WWII will have got what they’ve always wanted – to take our religion and traditions from us.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
MST Chair Jeffrey Ohrenstein has just returned from a weekend in Sharon MA where he attended a siyum for the repair of our scroll MST #655 from Prestice, on loan to Temple Sinai for the last 26 years. Westminster Synagogue is also the holder of a scroll from Prestice,and in his role as Chair of the synagogue, Mr Ohrenstein brought MST #178 to Sharon to join 16 other New England scrolls and Sofer Kevin Hale for a moving reunion in the Temple Sinai sanctuary. He writes:
"...there were 18 MST Sifrei Torah and there were a lot of wet eyes in the congregation. Rabbi Meszler and his community have done an incredible job and I was privileged to take part in the siyum."
One attendee wrote:
"I have been to events at Temple Sinai for over 25 years and this was so very, very special. It was the BEST. Seeing those other 17 Torahs reunited from Czechoslovakia pre Holocaust and having our own Czech Torah restored for use by our congregation gave us chills and memories that will be forever remembered."
Mr Ohrenstein was also invited to Shabbat services at Temple Israel of Sharon, holders of MST #1029 from Prestice, and spoke to the congregation about the work of the MST. The congregation was thus motivated to begin restoration work on their scroll, and to join with the MST to develop education projects in their community.
If your congregation is interested in hosting a Scrolls Reunion for the MST scrolls in your city or state, do contact us and we shall do all we can to assist and support such a project!
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Susan Boyer and other friends of the Memorial Scrolls Trust were present in Pribram, Czech Republic, on 3rd June for the unveiling ceremony of a memorial stone for Shoah victims from Pribram. We just received a copy of the words spoken by the mayor of the town, Jindrich Vereka:
"Dear Rabbi Sidon [Chief Rabbi, Czech Republic], dear Mrs. [Susan] Fisher Boyer, dear Mrs. [Judy] Mannaberg Goldman, dear Mrs. [Beverly] Karp, dear  guests:
Let me welcome you, in this rare moment, on behalf of Pribram City Hall.
We have gathered here today to honour the memory of the Jews fallen and martyred during the Second World War. Unfortunately, we would be hardly able to find another nation which was throughout its long history persecuted as much as the Jewish one. Synonyms such as genocide, the Holocaust, the extermination, the Shoah, pogroms, and others accompany the nation for tens of centuries.
To say the truth, it is a miracle that despite all the centuries of persecution the Jewish nation survived. And in today's world, it represents not only moral but also economic power, which can't be missed. In addition it is necessary to mention the tiny percentage of Jewish people to the world population--only a quarter of one percent. This gives reason to admire even more the deep trace left by this pious and capable nation in the annals of mankind.
Today, at this place, we commemorate the tragic fate of the Jewish population during the Second World War, and not only of Jewish people from Pribram. It is very sad to say that once again it was just the Jewish nation that suffered the most. With great respect we remember, and we will always remember, the unimaginable number of 6 million lost human lives, which at that time meant more than two thirds of Europe's Jewish population.
I am really proud that just by virtue of my position as the Mayor of Pribram, I can take part in these memorial events and give a clear signal of not only my personal, but also the official, attitude to this delicate issue.
I sympathize with all killed, murdered and fallen members of the Jewish nation and express my respect to them. We are standing here today because nothing like this could even happen again.
Thursday, 28 May 2015
The Memorial Scrolls Committee, meeting regularly to advise the MST trustees and discuss issues connected to the Trust, has welcomed its first members drawn from communities beyond Westminster Synagogue. MST Chair Jeffrey Ohrenstein was delighted to welcome four new members to the committee, including Tony Yablon, son of the Scrolls' benefactor Ralph Yablon; and David Lawson from Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue, one of the most active scroll-holding communities in the United Kingdom. We look forward to working with them, and also welcome our friends Nick Young and Miles Laddie to the group.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
MST #803 from Vodnany is in the care of Camp Tawonga, on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. Do send us your photos of our scrolls so we can share all the roles the scrolls play in communities across the world!