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February 22, 1985 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-02-22

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Friday, February 22, 1985

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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LOCAL NEWS

Dedicate Santuary, Torah
at Precious Legacy Event

Beth Abraham Hillel Moses' new Sephardi-style sanctuary will be
dedicated on March 18.

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A special performance of the
dramatic cantata, The Beadle of
Prague, and the dedication of an
historic Torah will commemorate
the rebuilding of Cong. Beth Ab-
raham Hillel Moses in West
Bloomfield and will honor the
opening of The Precious Legacy
exhibition in Detroit.
The concert and dedication will
be held at the synagogue on
March 18 at 8 p.m. Admission is
free, but tickets must be re-
quested in advance by calling the
synagogue, 851-6880.
The Beadle of Prague was com-
missioned by Vice Chairman of
the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Council Mark Talisman and Mrs.
Talisman for the opening of The
Precious Legacy at the Smithso-
nian Institution in Washington,
D.C. last year. Created by Her-
man Berlinski and Arnost Lustig
to honor the Jews of Prague, the
cantata combines music with
dramatic narration to tell the
story of the destruction of
Prague's Jewish community in
the Holocaust.
The March 18 performance will
feature Cantor Ben-Zion Lanxner
of Beth Abraham Hillel Moses,
Cantor Harold Orbach of Temple
Israel, Evelyn Orbach, the Ken-
neth Jewell Chorale and members
of the Detroit Symphony Or-
chestra. It is sponsored by The
Precious Legacy concert sponsors
in cooperation with the Cultural
Commission of Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses and the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation of Detroit.
Talisman will present the
synagogue with a Torah from the
Memorial Scrolls Trust saved
from Prague. It will be dedicated
and will replace those sacred To-
rahs damaged in the fire that de-
stroyed the synagogue two years
ago.
The scrolls were gathered to-
gether from the desolated
synagoguesof Bohemia and
Moravia by the Nazi official in
charge of the Czech "Protecto-
rate." They lay piled in the dis-
used Michle Synagogue for more
than 20 years.
In 1963, with the sympathetic
concern of the Czechoslovak gov-
ernment, Eric Estorick, a London
art connoisseur, was able to ar-
range with Artis, the authority
for such treasure, for the acquisi-
tion of the scrolls. It was agreed
from the outset by the Czech
authorities and the British in-
terested parties that the scrolls
should pass in trust to a responsi-
ble non-commercial body;
Westminister Synagogue was

nominated and they accepted the
K
scrolls on Feb. 7, 1964.
Synagogues throughout the
world have submitted requests for
the sacred scrolls. Priority has
been given to synagogues needing
a scroll for use in services; the
United States has provided new
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homes for a great many of the (_\
scrolls.
In October 1984, Rabbi A. Irv-
ing Schnipper of Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses wrote to the Memo-
rial Scrolls Trust Committee at
the suggestion of congregation
members Dr. and Mrs. Joseph
Jacobson. His request that the
synagogue become a permanent
trustee of one of the Torah scrolls
was granted.
Construction of the new Beth
Abraham Hillel Moses building
began in December 1983. Target
date for completion was Sep-
tember 1984 so that High Holy
Days services could be held in the
congregation's new home — and
they were.
The new structure is based on
the Sephardi tradition, and the
sanctuary is based on Eastern
European wooden synagogues of
the 16th through 18th Centuries.
The sanctuary is round, with the
bimah for the reader in the center.
Four pillars hold up the roof of
the sanctuary, resembling the
"chupah" or canopy under which
Jewish couples are married.
There are 430 permanent seats,
with space for more than 1,000
additional seats when the social
hall is opened up.

FOR MEN

BETH ACHIM MEN'S CLUB
will have a Las Vegas Night at 8
p.m. March 2 at the synagogue.
There will be prizes, games and
refreshments. There is an admis-
sion fee.

TEMPLE
EMANU-EL
BROTHERHOOD will have a
breakfast program focusing on
computers at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at
the temple. Sheldon Leemon and
Arlan Levitan will narrate a slide
presentation. There is a nominal
charge. For reservations, call the
temple, 967-4020; or Marvin Vic-
tor, 399-9284.
The Jan. 27 showing of the film,
"A Study in Media Misrepresen-
tation" was cancelled. Members
who are interested in reschedul-
ing the program should call Vic-
tor.

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