As many of you are aware FRS has on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust a 200 year old torah scroll from the Czech Republic.
It is one of 1,564 scrolls that came to London in 1964. Our scroll, number 286 came originally from Uhrineves, a small farming town 15 miles south east of Prague.
75 years ago on 12th September 1942 a train containing 1000 Jewish passengers left Prague bound for the Terezin concentration camp. Ironically that day was Rosh Hashannah 1 Tishrei 5703. This transport, designated Bg, included 210 Jews from the Uhrineves area, and brought to an end Jewish life in the town which dated back to the 17th century. There were only 14 survivors.
To mark the 75th anniversary there will be a civic service in Uhrineves on Sunday 10th September at 4.00pm to honour the victims from Uhrineves who perished in death camps in Poland. Members of FRS are invited by representatives of the municipality Uhrineves to attend the service. Jewish prayers will be led by Rabbi Howard Cooper. After the service there will be an opportunity to meet survivors and their families as well as Libuse Votavova and her colleagues who have organised this event.
In order to attend the ceremony a visit to Prague and Uhrineves is being planned for Friday 8-Monday 11 September. Rooms have been reserved in a comfortable Prague hotel at the very favourable rate of £75 per night for a double room (singles £65). Each person is being asked to make their own flight arrangements. Flights are available a approx. £80 return
For those FRS members who would like to attend there will be an opportunity on Friday night to celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat with the Prague Progressive community
For those who wish to do so excursions to visit Terezin, the Jewish Quarter of Prague and the Jewish Museum are available and can be booked through tour operators in Prague.
If you would like to know more please contact David Rose firstname.lastname@example.org 07947 030026
Please see the links below for more information about the Czech Scrolls