Greetings from President Obama

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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation in Southington CT recently held a service of dedication for MST#888 from Caslav:  Golcuv-Jenikov. Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker was kind enough to share several photographs via a Facebook album which may be found here. The collection includes a shot of a letter sent to the congregation from the White House. The text reads:

September 1, 2016

I send greetings to all those gathered for the rededication of a rescued Holocaust Torah with the Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation.

Even in the face of indescribable barbarism, men and women of faith have long endeavored to hold strong to their beliefs. As neighborhoods and synagogues were destroyed during the Holocaust, members of Prague’s Jewish community banded together to keep their sacred history alive – rescuing religious artifacts from ruins, including the Torah you rededicate today.

Its origins spanning centuries, this Holocaust Torah is a testament to the fact that our histories can never be erased, and that no act of hatred can match the faith and love that united people in common humanity. By coming together this afternoon, you remind us that it is our collective responsibility to stand up against bigotry and hatred in all its forms, including the kind of act that takes a Torah away from its rightful owners.

you have my best wishes for a meaningful event.

Barack Obama

With thanks and a hearty Mazaltov to the members of Gishrei Shalom, who are consistently one of the more active groups of scroll-holders in the MST community.

 

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