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. Roman Gronsky and Rabbi Helfand How could Linda Oberstein and I forget Helga Smékalová our…

My eyes are on Israel, today–Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

70 years aint chicken feed! It’s an amazing accomplishment. Something to be proud of; Something to worry about; Something to be exasperated with; Something to be vigilant about. Just now, across Israel, the first of two air raid sirens sounded. 1 minute. Silence, noise, a metaphorical shofar, bowed heads. In another 15 hours, a 2…

B’reisheet to Radical Amazememt. A collection of amazing moments

50 Years ago, PSC started a journey. 47 years ago, The Memorial Scrolls Trust in London, England gave PSC, on permanent loan, 2 Torah scrolls rescued from the Nazis. 4 months ago, in October, 2017, I just privileged to be part of a delegation from our synagogue to return a 200-year-old Torah Scoll to its…

Kurt the Hairdresser: Another amazing layer to the Olomouc Story

Are you ready for another incredible layer to the Olomouc Torah story? On our walks to-and-from the Hotel Arigone to the Jewish Community building in Olomouc we always passed by the Olomouc Art Museum (Denisova 47, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic [tel.: +420 585 514 111; e-mail: info@olmuart.cz ]. Circa 1939 Olomouc Art Miseum The…

At last! Mission Accomplished!

One morning after the newly Kosher scroll was returned to the Aron Kodesh in Olomouc and I think we’re all still processing what this historic occasion meant.  At least I know I am.  I was honored to plays some small part in this joyous simcha. Most of us have scattered to the four corners of…

A second Simchat Torah? Heck Yeah!

You should have seen it last night! Really, if you could have been there! some ways you’re just going to have to trust me on this one but today was an incredibly emotional day. Since some of it took place after Shabbat came in, all you’re going to get is my word’s-eye-view description. No photos…