Looking Forward to Remembering

by Joel Brown, October 24, 2016

One of the things that I love about Solel is the way that we focus on the future, while remembering and honouring the past. We’re always looking for new ways to build great memories. I’d like to bring to your attention a few new ways in which, over the next little while, we’ll be finding new ways to remember.

Gene Wilder Retrospective
This past summer, the world lost a great comedic actor, writer and director. With the help of award winning film critic, Josh Morris, Solel will be remembering Gene Wilder and examining Jewish themes in his films. We’ll view selected scenes from classic films such as Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka, The Frisco Kid, and many more. Join us Sunday, October 30, at 6:45pm at Solel for this fun and educational program. Tickets are only $7 at the door and light refreshments will be provided.

Remembrance Day Erev Shabbat
At our regular Erev Shabbat services on Friday, November 11, our usual prayers will be augmented with some special additions for Remembrance Day, as we mark 98 years since the armistice which brought an end to the First World War. Services start at 8:00pm on November 11.

The Jews of Horovice, Czech Republic
At our services on Friday, November 18 we will remember the Kristallnacht. This year, we will do something new as part of this service of remembrance.

Solel is proud to be the custodian of one of the 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued by the Memorial Scrolls Trust from an abandoned warehouse in the Czech Republic. These scrolls were looted by the Nazis from synagogues across Bohemia and Moravia during the Second World War. These scrolls have been distributed to Jewish communities all around the globe as a symbol of the resilience of the Jewish people. The scroll held by Solel Congregation was originally used in the synagogue in the Czech town of Horovice.

At our Erev Shabbat service on Friday, November 18 we will learn more about our scroll and its journey from Central Europe to Solel from our Rabbi Emeritus, Larry Englander. We’ll also remember and honour the Jewish community which originally owned the scroll which is now in Solel’s safekeeping.

These are just a few of the ways in which we Solelniks continue to find new ways to focus on the future while honouring the past. I’m looking forward to making new memories with you soon.

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