Thursday 17 December 2015

Message for Florida Scroll-Holders!

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.