SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Temple Sholom Holocaust Remembrance Committee is pleased to host a community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
The Czech Memorial Scrolls Project
On November 9-10, 1938, Nazi Germany launched a mass assault on Jewish communities in Germany, Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia. This was known as Kristallnacht. Over 1,000 Jewish synagogues and over 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and approximately 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps.
Miraculously, during this event and over the course of the war, 1572 Czech Torahs were saved.
The Kristallnacht program focuses on six of these Torahs, housed at:
Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains; Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains; Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah, Clark; Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, Cranford; Temple Emanu-El, Westfield; and Temple Sinai, Summit.
Peter Fleischmann, Congregation Beth Israel member and representative of the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust in Westminster, England, will share the story of how the Torahs were saved. Students from each congregation will tell about the origin of their particular scroll which will be on display throughout the program.
Temple Sholom, 1925 Lake Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. (908) 889-4900. Visit www.sholomnj.org.