Action Not Words
A group from the congregation of Fairfield, Connecticut visited Kladno, taking their scroll with them. The former synagogue there is now a Hussite church and, as the visit coincided with Christmas, the Jewish group joined their hosts in prayer.Â The Czechs wished to recite the names of all the Kladno Jews who had died in the Holocaust and asked their Jewish visitors to send them a transliteration of the Kaddish in advance so that they would have time to practise it.
Kingston Synagogue in south west London has a scroll from Ostrava. They decided to write a book on the history of the Jews of Ostrava and, in the process, they amassed a huge archive of information about the community which they donated to the Jewish Museum in Prague. Their work has resulted in a number of Jews with families from Ostrava rediscovering lost relatives.
Educating a new generation
Preparing for his bar mitzvah, Zach Albert from Beth Shalom Synagogue in Dallas, Texas, was inspired to raise money to bring a Czech scroll to his own community. Using his martial arts skills, he raised $2,000 by breaking 36 boards in 24 hours, motivated by the desire to commemorate the 1.5 million Jewish children who were never able to celebrate their own bâ€™nei mitzvah.