RESCUE AND RENEWAL
The Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Collection of Hebrew Theological College
In the fall of 1950, Hebrew Theological College (HTC) Librarian, Mrs. Leah Mishkin, a"h, received several large crates filled with Jewish ceremonial objects and religious texts. More crates would arrive over the next few years until, ultimately, Mrs. Mishkin became custodian of over sixty objects and thousands of books, entrusted to HTC by Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR). The U.S. State Department vested authority in JCR for the identification and redistribution of "heirless" Jewish cultural property found in the U.S. Occupied Sector of Germany. All told, JCR took custody from the American Military of 500,000 books, 1,000 Sifrei Torah, and 17,000 objects, for which no claims had been filed and no heirs could be determined. The activities of JCR reflected an effort to salvage what remained of a vast intellectual and cultural world and to link the lost communities of Europe to the rest of the Jewish world as an act of preservation and remembrance. The sixty treasured artifacts placed in the care of Hebrew Theological College are now on loan to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, displayed in their Feis Family Lobby.
The ceremony opening the exhibit began with greetings from Richard S. Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor of HTC. The keynote address was given by Grace Cohen Grossman, who served as Senior Curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA for three decades. Also present was Marguerite Mishkin, daughter of Leah, a"h, and Rabbi Dr. Leonard C. Mishkin, z"l.
The exhibition is sponsored by Judy and Albert Milstein and family in memory of his parents Ruth and Sam Milstein, a"h, who were Holocaust survivors.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.
Photo credits: Ron Gould Studios
On Tuesday, May 21, sixteen Fasman Yeshiva High School students, enrolled in the Honors Writer's Workshop class, presented original illustrated children's books to first graders at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School.
Their stories all presented some kind of morality lesson or question which could lead to further discussion. After reading their stories, our students led a drawing activity where the first graders added a little bit to the end of the stories. "Our students overcame some nerves and did an awesome job! The first graders loved it. The Hillel Torah teachers gushed and snapped a million pictures," said Mr. Peter Gobel, FYHS Associate Principal for General Studies.
FYHS thanks Hillel Torah's Principals, faculty, and staff for extending this unique opportunity to our students.
On Sunday, May 19, Hebrew Theological College held its 35th Annual Nachman Patinkin Memorial Scholarship Lecture. This year’s award was given to Yehuda Segal, a Fasman Yeshiva High School senior from Chicago. Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg, Chancellor, lectured on the topic of, “Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel: Prayer, Poetics and Polemics.” HTC thanks Dr. Irving H. Skolnick and Rabbi Melvin Shapiro for serving as Chairmen of this lecture and scholarship award. The Yeshiva looks forward to bringing many more innovative learning opportunities to the community in the near future. For more information about community learning initiatives, please call (847) 982-2500 or visit www.htc.edu.
Sunday, March 29, 2:00-6:00 PM, the cRc proudly presents its annual Pesach Fair at Hebrew Theological College, 7135 Carpenter Road, Skokie, with several booths to help the community prepare for Pesach, including romaine lettuce checking demo, knife sharpening, hag'olas keilim, and shaatnez testing and drop-off and an opportunity to ask your Pesach questions to one of the cRc Rabbis.
7135 N Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL 60077
Rabbi Aharon Gaffen
Phone: (847) 982-2500 ext. 120
Sunday-Thursday: 12:30PM-3:00PM, 8:00-9:000PM
2606 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
Ms. Eti Berland
Phone: (773) 973-0241 ext. 123
The library is open when the TI Building is open