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Our Holy Place

  

Harry and Rose Samson Sanctuary

Congregation Shalom, a sanctuary of peace, bids you a welcome of peace. May our sanctuary be a house of prayer for all people. The Harry and Rose Samson sanctuary is our home for worship. The sanctuary is enhanced with the artwork of Suzi Derzon, our artist in residence. The Harry and Rose Samson sanctuary, dedicated in 1991-92, is a source of spiritual and artistic elegance. As Suzi worked on the sanctuary, she constantly thought of the sun, light and shadow, and air -- all gifts of God. She felt the colored-faceted glass "Tree of Life"--full of blues, purples, greens, yellows, and oranges was the best background, both spiritually and aesthetically, for the Ark. The result is stunning and awe-inspiring.

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Our Building

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		                                    The Ungar-Schick Portico		                                </span>
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		                                    Morris and Naomi Pivar Foyer		                                </span>
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		                                    Klurfeld Hall		                                </span>
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		                                    The William and Fannie Kesselman Family Chapel		                                </span>
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		                                    Eder Family Education Center		                                </span>
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		                                    Richard Morris Youth Lounge		                                </span>
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		                                    Sherman Pastor Memorial Library		                                </span>
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		                                    Nash Administration Wing		                                </span>
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		                                    Wein Garden Chapel		                                </span>
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"Ten Commandment Windows"

Ten beautiful works of art adorn the west wall of the synagogue. These "Ten Commandment" windows have been beautifully designed and executed by our resident artist, Suzi Derzon. From right to left the windows are symbolized in Hebrew.

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		                                    I am the Lord your G-d.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt have no other G-d before me.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain.		                                </span>
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		                                    Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy.		                                </span>
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		                                    Honor Thy Father and Mother.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not murder.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not commit Adultery.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not steal.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not bear false witness.		                                </span>
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		                                    Thou shalt not covet.		                                </span>
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Memorial Scrolls Trust

  

In a brave effort to subvert Nazi annihilation, workers in the Jewish Museum in Prague rescued 1,564 scrolls from destruction in 1942. Tenderly handled, meticulously restored, and painstakingly preserved, these scrolls stand as a remarkable tribute to the Jewish ability to survive, revive and regenerate.

Although many Jewish lives were lost, the continuation of Jewish culture, tradition, and memory lives on through the preservation of the Czech scrolls. Congregation Shalom is fortunate to be one of 1,000 synagogues throughout the world to house a Czech scroll. Their presence encourages us to engage with our own Judaism, recognize and confront hatred in our own society, and continue our story to future generations.

Torah Scroll number MST#477 is from the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague, and is loaned to Congregation Shalom through the generosity of the Memorial Scrolls Trust. More information about the Czech scrolls and the Memorial Scrolls Trust can be found at www.memorialscrollstrust.org.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781