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140 years – since the inauguration of the Synagogue

March 18th, 2015

1875- 2015

140 years -  since the inauguration of the Synagogue

Dzierżoniów-  21.05.2015,  18.00

My name is Rafael Blau and I have leaded the voluntary association BeiteinuChaj- 2004 registered and operating in Poland for over the last ten years.(www.synagoguefund.com)

The association has undertaken to save form destruction, to renovate and to maintain the ancient synagogue in Dzierzoniów, Lower Silesia,aprovince in southwest Poland (before the war a part of Germany).

The synagogue bears today the name of my sisterRutika( הי”ד ) who was 5 years old when murdered by the Nazis in 1942. It was one of only three synagogues in the region that were savedfrom destruction during the “Kristallnacht”, the WW2 years, and the Polish communist anti-Semitic  vandalism. Nowadays the synagogue operates mainly as a Heritage and Culture Center for visitors from Poland and abroad. (www.synagogarutika.com)

In the 1960′s before making Alyjato Israel, I with my parents and grandmother lived for several years in Dzierzoniów and for the last 20 years I and my wife Dorinhave lived there and here in Israel.

Six years ago on Rosh Hashanahfor the first time in 30 years, we had a Holiday Prayer with the participation of ChabadEmissaries from Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Joseph Schudrich,who donated usan ancient Torah Scroll.

On the last November we organized a multiplayer event with the presence of the Israeli Ambassador to Poland to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the “Kristallnacht” and the rescue of the synagogue 140 years have passed since the inauguration of the synagogue, on the eve of Pentecost (Shavuot), 8 June 1875, and we will commemorate the event 21.05.2015 ,18.00 at the Synagogue-Rutika , Krasickiego 28 st.Dierzoniow.


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