My Rosh HaShanah Sermon: The Power of the Wimpel

Segments of our new Yom Kippur wimpels This summer, Cheryl, the kids and I visited the Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum at Westminster Synagogue in London. The museum is a tribute to our Holocaust Scroll and the 1,563 other scrolls that were orphaned as a result of the decimation of the Jewish community during WWII. For those of you who don’t know, the tallest scroll behind me is our Holocaust Scroll. Written in Kolin, Czechoslovakia some 350 years ago, it’s been at the heart of our community since the 1980’s – brought to us from Westminster Synagogue by the Spanier/Kashi family. Our visit to the museum was extremely moving – particularly viewing the handful of scrolls that remain in Westminster, most of them too damaged to be moved, but strong enough to tell their powerful story of survival: how they were rescued from what remained of Eastern Europe and sent to…