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Restore a Torah Looted by Nazis

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The Czech Torah is Going Home!

We did it! Over 170 people and organizations contributed to repair and return this Torah to Olomouc. Over $18,000 was donated through this Go Fund Me page in addition to contributions made directly to Peninsula Sinai Congregation (PSC), as well as a generous matching donation from Taube Philanthropies. On October 17th, Rabbi Corey Helfand will accompany this scroll on its long flight back home. As we had hoped, the scroll will make it to Olomouc in time for a four-day celebration of Jewish life. Stay tuned as we hope to share highlights from this celebration.

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Help Restore and Return a Torah Looted by Nazis.


During the Nazi era, thousands of Torah scrolls were looted in Czechoslovakia. Over 1500 were rescued and placed in Jewish communities across the globe. The Jews of Olomouc, a town near Prague, were all but gone by the end of World War II. But miraculously, the Jewish community has experienced a revival and is once again vibrant. Now they have asked that their Torah be returned—the first request ever to bring one of the Czech scrolls home. To make this happen, we at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, who have safeguarded the scroll, need your help. This well-traveled Torah must first be repaired to usable (i.e. kosher) condition. Please donate to pay a sofer (scribe) to restore every precious word of the Olomouc Torah by hand. Take a stand against hate. Tell the world: never again.

Donate a Word: $1.80
Donate a Verse: $18
Donate ten Verses: $180
Donate a Chapter: $360
Donate your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Portion: $1,800
Donate One of the 5 Books of the Torah: $18,000
Or donate any other amount you’d like!

* In the Hebrew alphabet, each letter has a numerical value. The word for life or “chai” is equal to 18. As as result, there is a Jewish tradition of making donations in denominations of 18.


Keep Our Faith Alive, All Across the World!
With the Olomouc Torah going home, Peninsula Sinai Congregation needs to replace it. A sofer will write a new scroll for us, also by hand. Any money we raise above our $38,000 goal will gratefully be accepted and applied toward the commissioning of this new Torah - a project expected to cost an additional $75,000.


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Friends,
The Olomouc Torah's journey is over at long last. A couple of weeks ago it was brought safely back to its home.
For those of you interested in learning more about its journey, PSC member Steve Lipman was on hand and his blog has all the details. Start here:
https://ad6absal.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/כתיבת-ספר-תורה/
and follow along for the next nine blog posts (ending here: https://ad6absal.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/press-mentions-of-the-olomouc-torah-story/) to learn more!

This will be our final update. Thank you all again for your support!

Irene and the Olomouc Torah team
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We did it! Over 170 people and organizations contributed to repair and return this Torah to Olomouc. Over $18,000 was donated through this Go Fund Me page in addition to contributions made directly to Peninsula Sinai Congregation (PSC), as well as a generous matching donation from Taube Philanthropies. On October 17th, Rabbi Corey Helfand will accompany this scroll on its long flight back home. As we had hoped, the scroll will make it to Olomouc in time for a four-day celebration of Jewish life. Stay tuned as we hope to share highlights from this celebration. Thank you so much for your generous part in making this special journey happen.

As the home for this Torah for the past 47 years and then being part of honoring its history, the PSC community feels forever linked to this inspiring community. Several members of PSC are in Olomouc this week and there is a community trip being planned to Olomouc next spring. As we say farewell to this Czech scroll and witness the resilience and power of Jewish community, PSC is now continuing the journey of Torah and building our future by writing a new Torah scroll for our community. Any money raised for the Czech Torah that is unused will go towards the writing of our new scroll. For more information or to participate in this exciting next step, please contact PSC directly (info@peninsulasinai.org).
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We are thrilled to share that Taube Philanthropies has announced a $14,500 matching grant towards the Czech Torah project. We are so grateful for their generosity and know that they are as moved by this unique project as we all are. We have three more weeks before we need to get this Torah home in time for Olomouc's Jewish Festival. Please help us get to our goal by spreading the great news of this matching grant on your social media sites and to anyone else who might be touched by this story. Wishing you and our whole community a g’mar chatimah tovah.

Irene
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