I want to express deep gratitude to the Stadtarchiv Friedrichsstadt/ Museum and its Director, Christiane Thomsen for their gracious welcome.
The sign outside the old synagogue does not say that the home was used as the home for Nazi officer in 1941. What a joy not to only to reclaim it as a cultural center but as a synagogue for Jewish worship on Shabbat Eve November 6, 2015.
Sign outside the Synagogue:
Former Synagogue of Friedrichsstadt
Built in 1847
Destroyed by the Nazis in 1938
Used as a Private Home in 1941
Rettsored to the Jewish Community in 2002
Now used as a Cultural Center
Poster announcing the service: Many thanks to Horst and Rita Blunk and Dr. Keren-Miriam Foerst-Haedicke for making this event possible
Announcement of this historic event
Scenes from the service
Welcoming the crowd of 70 Jews and non Jews to the service. A Catholic priest and Lutheran pastor were among the worshippers.
Explaining the Torah portion. We read from a replica Torah scroll held up for the reading by Rita and Horst Blunk.
Drasha (sermon) relating Abraham’s need in the Torah portion to keep the Covenant with God alive by choosing just the right wife (Rebecca) for Isaac to our need to keep the Covenant alive as we replant the seeds of Jewish religious life in the New Germany.
Many thanks to Ewe Ehrich for translating all of the English I spoke during the service and the sermon into German.
Gratefully receiving tokens of appreciation presented by Frau Thomsen from the Stadtarchiv Friedrichsstadt at the Oneg Shabbat following the service.
I am grateful to the Eternal One for granting me the privilege of leading this historic service. May Progressive Judaism in Germany continue to gain strength so that we may fulfil the promise God made to Abraham, “And all the nations of the earth will find blessing through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Shabbat Chaye Sarah 5776