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

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 ofContinue reading “The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!”

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

Kurt the Hairdresser: Another amazing layer to the Olomouc Story

Are you ready for another incredible layer to the Olomouc Torah story? On our walks to-and-from the Hotel Arigone to the Jewish Community building in Olomouc we always passed by the Olomouc Art Museum (Denisova 47, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic [tel.: +420 585 514 111; e-mail: info@olmuart.cz ]. The Art Museum hosted the historicalContinue reading “Kurt the Hairdresser: Another amazing layer to the Olomouc Story”