Video: WW2 Demolition of Synagogue in Holešov, CZ

Archival photos of the Holesov New Synagogue and its destruction. From the Holesov Museum.  Holešov, in the northern Moravia region of the Czech Republic, is known for the renaissance Shach synagogue (or Old Synagogue) — built the 16th century and now a Museum of Moravian Jewry. Before WW2, another, modern, synagogue stood in … Continue reading

Ostrava, CZ: Rescued Torah leads to virtual community (follow up to Rabbi Goldstein’s Have Your Say essay)

Archival photo of one of the six synagogues destroyed in Ostrava, CzIn our latest “Have Your Say” essay Rabbi Andrew Goldstein discusses how the fact that his London synagogue uses a Torah scroll from the Czech town of Kolín led to close links with the town, whose Jewish community was destroyed … Continue reading