A Sacred Legacy
Mishkan Shalom’s sacred Holocaust Torah, and the Czech Jewish community from which it was rescued, will occupy the central role at Shabbat services on April 13 at 10 a.m.
That Jewish community, in the small Moravian city of Uherske Hradiste, was destroyed exactly 70 years ago when more than 300 Jewish residents were transferred to Nazi death camps in several transports beginning January 31, 1943. It has been Mishkan’s special mission to remember these men, women and children by reciting the names of the 200 or so Jews whose names we have learned through various sources and saying kaddish for them on this symbolic yahrzeit.
On April 13, we will open our ark and extract Czech Holocaust Torah Number 463, which once served the community of mostly middle class, assimilated, Reform-style synagogue members. We’ll unspool to Parasha Mishpatim for the reading. And this Scroll -- worn, much traveled, sometimes blurry – will continue its active Jewish life.
Carol Towarnicky and Ron Goldwyn have researched the story of the 1,564 Torahs from Moravia and Bohemia that were rescued by courageous and, in most cases, doomed resisters in the Prague Jewish Quarter at the height of the war. Mishkan’s scroll, on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust of London, is one of a half dozen from Uherske Hradiste, a town that Ron and Carol visited a decade ago.
This Torah was the first to be acquired by Mishkan at its founding in 1988. Its survivor story is intertwined with the fate of more than 300 Jews from Uherske Hradiste, who possessed this scroll for the better part of a century.
Join us April 13 at 10 a.m. as we share this precious memory and connection, and honor our spiritual ancestors who read from this very scroll.
Services at Mishkan Shalom
For specific information on our services and events, please see our calendar.
|General Schedule of Services|
|Friday Evenings||Shabbat Mornings||Holidays Services|
|Services usually start at 6:30 PM. Please see the calendar for updated times, or call our office for questions: (215)508-0226.||Morning Services start at 10 AM||High Holiday Services are held at the Haverford School and at Mishkan Shalom. For full details, click here.|
Tot Shabbat is a monthly service for children under age 5.
Mishkan Shalom holds religious services year-round for Shabbat and holidays. As a Reconstructionist congregation, all services are participatory and egalitarian. During the summer months of July and August, services are led by congregants. Transliteration for Hebrew prayers and readings are integrated into our prayer books.
Summer services are held at Mishkan every Saturday morning beginning in early July. These are lay-led, with a facilitated Torah discussion starting at 9:30 AM. and the service beginning at 10:30. Attendees are invited to bring food (no meat or shellfish, please) and beverages to share for an informal oneg after the service. For specific times and dates, call 215-508-0226.
If you are attending services for the first time, someone from the Membership committee can meet you at services. Please let us know by calling the office at 215-508-0226 by Friday morning, or email email@example.com