November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

Hermanuv Mestec Memorial Weekend:

Thursday, November 30, 2017 — Petr Papousek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, will speak in the NVHC Multipurpose room on Thursday, November 30 at 8 PM.  His subject will be Czech Jewry today.

Mr Papousek was born in Olomouc, Moravia, Czech Republic in 1977.  He studied at the Hebrew University and in Sweden in addition to receiving a degree from the Technical University in Ostrava, Czech Republic.  He is married and has two children.

Mr Papousek has been president of the Federation of Jewish Communities since 2012.  He also serves as the chazzan of the Olomouc Jewish community (since 2009), and is a vice president of the World Jewish Congress representing the Czech Republic.

The Olomouc Jewish Community is one of the few that have reclaimed its Torah from the more than 1,500 Czech scrolls distributed around the world by the Memorial Scrolls Trust.  The Olomouc Torah was placed in the Conservative Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, Califonia in 1970, the same year that NVHC received its Czech Torah.  In October representatives of the California community, the Memorial Scrolls Trust, the Israeli Embassy, and the Federation of Jewish Communities attended a ceremony in Olomouc welcoming the Torah home.

Friday Evening, December 1, 2017 – A special reading from the Czech Jewish music from Kol Shirah and other music honoring the victims of the Holocaust.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – The b’nai mitzvah will read from our rescued scroll.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Shabbat lunch following services in the Multi-Purpose Room. Two guest speakers: Michlean Amir was born to a Czech family that fled to Western Europe in 1938. After the war they returned home but left following the Communist takeover in 1948 to live in Israel. Michlean Amir eventually worked at the Holocaust Museum and donated a scroll from Hermanuv Mested to Beth El in Bethesda. Mark Talisman was active in the early years of the Holocaust Museum, worked closely with the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London, and organized the Smithsonian’s Precious Legacy exhibit of treasures from the Czech State Jewish Museum.

For lunch reservations please contact Susan Trivers,  susan@susantrivers.com

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – At 11am, our fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students, their families, and anyone else who may be interested are invited to attend a presentation by Czech Holocaust survivor Marty Weiss, followed by a brief Q&A session. Please click here for his full biography.