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                             Our Memorial Scroll

Our Holocaust Memorial Scroll was written sometime in the middle of the 19th century and comes from a small community synagogue somewhere in the Bohemia, Moravia, or Silesia regions of what is now called the Czech Republic.

As the threat of war grew, Jewish communities in these areas sent their Sefer Torah to the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague for safekeeping. This Torah Scroll was one of 1564 Czech scrolls that survived the war. 

In 1964 thanks to the generosity of Ralph Yablon, the collection was brought to the Westminster Synagogue in London and the Memorial Scrolls Trust was established to care for them. The Torahs were then cataloged (ours is MST#1236) and sent to synagogues worldwide as a symbol of what was destroyed, and as an everlasting reminder that they will never be forgotten.

The Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum was built to keep some of the collection, a permanent memorial to the martyrs from whose synagogues they come; many of them are distributed throughout the world, to be memorials everywhere to the Jewish tragedy, and to spread light as harbingers of future brotherhood on earth; and all of them bear witness to the glory of the holy Name.

                       Pinkas Synagogue History

The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest synagogue in the Jewish Town. Its origin dates back to 1535 by request of Aron Mesultam Zalkan Horowitz, one of the most prominent and wealthy members of the Prague Jewish Community. Horowitz had it built as a private chapel for himself and his family. His grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz, gave the building name “Pinkas School”. The sacred building was originally used for family private purposes however, later it was rebuilt into a public synagogue.

 

      

 

Inside of the Pinkas Synagogue

(Torah Ark)

The story of the acquisition of 1,564 sacred Scrolls of the Law from Czechoslovakia which arrived at Kent House, the home of Westminster Synagogue, in February 1964, has passed into history as a small but remarkable episode in the tragedy of European Jewry.

The Memorial Scrolls Trust, a U.K. non-profit organization, has recently begun to reach out to synagogues and other institutions who received the Czech scrolls to gather updated information about them.

After fifty years, when most of the Scrolls have found new homes, the Trust is charged with the next phase of its work. It must ensure that those synagogues who have received scrolls are aware of what they have, that they investigate the scrolls’ original homes or what is left of them, and hand on to the next generation the precious legacy they have acquired.

 

 

 

Mon, December 17 2018 9 Tevet 5779