Early Nineteenth Century Torah from a Synagogue in Dolni Kounice, Czechoslovakia, rescued from the Holocaust, and acquired by Temple Shalom through the generosity of these survivors of the Holocaust and their families:
Mary and William Erlich
Rhoda and Jack Novin
Marilyn and Israel Geller
Adele and Samuel Primack
Freda and Norman Katz
Lieba and Joshua Wainer
Fay and Noah Lewin
Barbara and Philip White
Our Holocaust Torah is MST#263 and on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, London England. Learn more about Czech scrolls at The Memorial Scrolls Trust, a U.K. non-profit organization working to link over 1000 Czech Torah scroll holders around the world.
Learn more about our ark, ner tamid and more.
The Rabbi’s Chair and bookstand located to the left of the ark were commissioned by Ed Guzovsky, a devoted and longtime member of Temple Shalom of Milton. It was given as a gift to the congregation in honor of Rabbi Alfred Benjamin. With input from Rabbi Benjamin, the chair and stand were designed and made David Strauss.
The gift of a chair reflects both the deep pride Ed had about his family’s connection to the great Hassidic Rabbi, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, who had his own special Rabbi’s Chair, and his respect for the rabbi’s role as leader of the Jewish community. To learn more about the Rebbe’s Chair click here: http://www.breslov.org/about- rebbe-nachmans-chair/
Our Rabbi’s Chair was designed to complement the tree motif found on the Ark’s Parochet and the view of the trees visible from the sanctuary. Thematically the five branched trees located on either side of the chair-back highlight the idea that the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, is the Jewish People’s “Tree of Life”. The English translation of the Hebrew quote located on either side of the chair is “Make for yourself a Rabbi and acquire for yourself a companion/friend” (Perkei Avot 1:6). It was chosen not only to reflect the profound friendships that can develop between rabbis and congregants but also that people who choose the same rabbi often become lifelong friends with one another. The two Hebrew words engraved in gold at the top of the chair are pronounced “Kiseh HaRav” and mean “Rabbi’s Chair”.
On all weekdays, Shabbat & Holidays, we use the Sim Shalom Hebrew/English prayer book published by the Conservative Movement along with the Eit Ratzon