Last Bus to Olomouc

Just a short post to commemorate today’s visit back to Olomouc by members of my Synagogue community on the way from Prague to Warsaw. The Olomouc community hosted all 40 of them and made a nice BBQ lunch for them.

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Roman Gronsky and Rabbi Helfand

How could Linda Oberstein and I forget Helga Smékalová our 88-year-old Tereizin survivor? Helga spent over an hour with us, telling her story of survival and courage to us. Her daughter, Radka Smith from Australia translated for us. Learning her story was among the highlights of the trip for me! I am told Mrs. Smékalová is one of the oldest members of the Maccabi Olomouc Club, as well.

Petr unroll the Torah Photo Credit Sari Spector
Rabbi Helfand shows off the scroll to members of the PSC Community. Photo Credit Sari Spector
Dancing with the Torah. Photo Credit Sari Spector
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BBQ (Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)
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(Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)
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Torah (Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)
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Petr Papousek, President of the Olomouc Jewish Community (Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)
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Hora with the Torah (Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)
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Group Shot (Photo Credit, Julie Mabel)

Video Credit: Julie Mabel

Good times and so glad our shul could come back en masse and see a little bit of the amazing story we experienced last year. Wish I could have been there with them this time!

Take the last train to Clarksville
And I’ll meet you at the station
You can be there by four-thirty
‘Cause I’ve made your reservation, don’t be slow
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
‘Cause I’m leaving in the morning
And I must see you again
We’ll have one more night together
Till the morning brings my train and I must go
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home
Take the last train to Clarksville
I’ll be waiting at the station
We’ll have time for coffee-flavored kisses
And a bit of conversation
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
Take the last train to Clarksville
Now I must hang up the phone
I can’t hear you in this noisy railroad station all alone
I’m feeling low
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home
Oh
Take the last train to Clarksville
And I’ll meet you at the station
You can be here by four-thirty
‘Cause I’ve made your reservation, don’t be slow
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home
Take the last train to Clarksville
Take the last train to Clarksville
Take the last train to Clarksville
Take the last train to Clarksville
Songwriters: Bobby Hart / Tommy Boyce
Last Train to Clarksville lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Etz Chaim on United Flight 58 just before leaving SFO in October, 2017, by the “Peninsula Sinai Three Amigos Singers”…no rights reserved 😁

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Bjmabel says:

    Thanks Steve. Amazing experience. Our PSC community was very excited about being able to make this visit and meet the Olomouc community.

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    1. ad6ab says:

      So glad you could get a taste of the excitement we all experienced last October. The bonds remain strong between PSC and Olomouc, stronger now that 40+ of us have been there.

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