The University of Houston (UH) is home to an impressive collection of rare books. Among them is Holocaust Torah No. 1518. UH has held the Torah, the holiest book in Judaism, since 1976, when it was obtained on behalf of the student body with the help of UH faculty and the Houston Jewish community. Until now, the Torah has only been seen during Jewish holiday services. That will soon change when the scroll goes on display in a new, specially designed plexiglass case, commissioned by UH faculty, alumni, students from the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and the Houston Jewish community.
The dedication of the Torah in its new display case will take place three days before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.
What: Presentation of the Holocaust Torah in its Display Case, “The Holocaust Experience” presentation by Celina Fein, Holocaust Survivor
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: UH M.D. Anderson Library, Evans Room of Special Collections (top of the 2nd floor)
Come and participate in a fun and free cultural experience by celebrating Israel’s 64th Independence Day with the Houston Jewish community by attending a celebration from 5pm-7pm, TODAY, April 26 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center located at 5601 S. Braeswood.
There will be entertainment for all ages including:
Games & crafts
Food & carnival snacks
(free 1/2 pita falafel as long as supplies last, drinks available for purchase)
Israeli folk dancing
Israeli animation short at 7:00 p.m. – “Ben Gurion Hosting” (for adults)
January 27 is the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It honors those who died and suffered as a result of the Holocaust, with the hope that such remembrance will prevent future genocide. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest Nazi death camp where more than one million people died, was liberated by Soviet troops. Although most of the people murdered there were Jewish, in addition, Poles, Gypsies, Soviets, homosexuals, the disabled, and political and religious opponents were killed there. The Holocaust Museum Houston located at 5401 Caroline Street, is sponsoring a free program at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater from 10am – 11am. It will highlight Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian who posed as a Spanish diplomat in order to intervene on behalf of Hungarian Jews.
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