The beautiful Synagogue building of České Budějovice

In October, 2017 I visited the town of Ceske Budejovice on the way down to the beautiful Czech town of Ceske Krumlov (the Hearst Castle of the Czech Republic). Here is took a few minutes to bear witness to the town that once housed our Sefer Torah and the beautiful synagogue that once stood there. … More The beautiful Synagogue building of České Budějovice

How did the 1564 Scrolls get to Prague? Debunking a widely held myth

I have been to Prague twice. Once in 1998, a few years after the 1989 Velvet Revolution where a repressive Communist Czechoslovakian government was peacefully overthrown by Vaclav Havel and his associates, and split into the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. The second time, was in October, 2017, as part of a delegation … More How did the 1564 Scrolls get to Prague? Debunking a widely held myth

Part of the Original עצי היים/Atzei Chaim from the České Budějovice Scroll

Yesterday, Rabbi Corey showed me something kind of cool that he discovered while cleaning his office a few weeks ago.  It’s apparently part of the original rollers or staves (Atzei Chaim/עצי היים in Hebrew) from the České Budějovice Torah Scroll. Peninsula Sinai Congregation was originally allocated two Torah Scrolls in 1970, one from the Czech … More Part of the Original עצי היים/Atzei Chaim from the České Budějovice Scroll

Roman Gronsky’s Article: “American wanderings in the footsteps of the Olomouc scroll Torah #740”

Our good friend Roman Gronsky, from the Olomouc Jewish Community, who was primarily responsible for driving the return of the Memorial Scrolls Trust’s Scroll #740 to its ancestral home in October, 2017, published a very nice article in the November Issue of “CHAJEJNU,” (“Chayenu,” “Our Life”) the Olomouc Jewish Community’s monthly newsletter. He details his … More Roman Gronsky’s Article: “American wanderings in the footsteps of the Olomouc scroll Torah #740”

Peter Briess’ Story

As most of you know, so many things have touched me about the Olomouc Torah story. The memories are flooding back as we approach the one-year anniversary of that amazing experience in a few days. One of the connections that sticks in my head is that of Mr. Peter Briess, who, as young boy, recalled … More Peter Briess’ Story

The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!

Come again? Dayton, Ohio? You mean halfway between Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH? Just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from Cincinnati, OH, THAT Dayton, OH? Well, yes…let me explain… A few weeks ago, as I was researching the story of the 7 remaining Torah Scrolls from Ceske Budeovice, the home of … More The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!

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 … More Last Bus to Olomouc

Article in Zidovske listy 43 – December 2017. A long return of Torah No. 740 to Olomouc (by Roman Gronsky, Jocelyn and Doron’s Cousin in Olomouc)

An article by Roman Gronsky who orchestrated the return of the scroll to Olomouc from Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City. (Translation from the Czech by Google Translate.)   In my search for the family roots and fate of our family members, in 2015, I found that two scrolls of the Olomouc Torah survived the … More Article in Zidovske listy 43 – December 2017. A long return of Torah No. 740 to Olomouc (by Roman Gronsky, Jocelyn and Doron’s Cousin in Olomouc)

United Airlines “Hemispheres” Magazine, December, 2017 issue: “Sacred Passenger”

I could not let it pass that my picture appears on page 14 of the December 2017 issue of the United Airlines “Hemispheres” magazine. Thanks to my friend Michael Hayat for all the hard work getting us the red carpet treatment last month! If you happen to be flying “The Friendly Skies” this month, see … More United Airlines “Hemispheres” Magazine, December, 2017 issue: “Sacred Passenger”