From Generation To Generation

A Message From Rabbi Brusso
From Generation to Generation
On our recent Bet Torah Family Israel Trip we visited Yad Vashem, the Israeli memorial to those who died in the Holocaust. Just the fact that such a memorial exists in the nation state of the Jewish people is, in and of itself, a powerful affirmation of life even in a place that honors the dead. The nation of Israel lives, am yisrael chai and as you exit the museum and look out on a balcony over the hills of Jerusalem, its hard not to feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for those who built a country dedicated to insuring that Jews never again feel alone in the world.
Our congregant and Holocaust survivor Mark Koller recently edited a book written by his nephew Asher about Mark’s brother Dov and sister-in-law Raia. With the help of another congregant, Danny Baror, Mark was able to publish the book. The book tells the story of two Romanian teenagers who left Europe in order to participate in building the land of Israel and fight in the War of Independence. It is an amazing story and the book is filled with wonderful color photographs. It is the story behind the view you get when you leave Yad Vashem and look out over Jerusalem.
On February 3rd we invite you to a Men’s Club breakfast where Mark will speak about his book and tell another chapter of his family story. Copies of the book will be for sale and all proceeds with benefit the Bet Torah Memorial Exhibit.
The Bet Torah Memorial Exhibit will replace our current display case where we keep the Holocaust Scroll, a collection of 14 Bet Torah family survivor stories. The new exhibit will digitize the scroll and make it more accessible to our community and for learning purposes. We are grateful to Stacey Saiontz for spearheading this project along with the assistance of Harriet Schleifer, Mark Koller and Danny Baror.
Please join us in helping our community fulfill its sacred obligation to tell the story to the next generation. It is just too important.