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Keeping the Promise


Keeping the Promise

Some years ago, this precious Holocaust Torah came into our possession as a gift from Sam and Trudy Adwar. Like many precious gifts, the Torah came with a history and was received with a promise.

In 1940 the Torah was buried in the ground in Warsaw, Poland. After the Second World War it was resurrected and brought to the United States by Mr. Barney Holms. He donated it to the Central Islip Jewish Center where it was held until 1970. When Temple Beth Am opened in Brentwood, Long Island, this Torah was passed on to them.

In 1978 the two temples merged and the Torah was back in the hands of Mr. Holms who was the president at that time. In late 2004 Temple Beth Am closed because of lack of membership. The Torah was given to Sam and Trudy Adwar by one of the remaining members who was a friend of theirs.

In 2006, the Adwars contacted us after hearing about our progress and plans to expand our Chabad Jewish Center in Naples.

They indicated their desire to donate the Torah to us, hoping to fulfill a wish that it become an integral part of a vibrant Jewish community for people of all ages.

This was very important and meaningful to us when we met with them at their home, as we always envisioned an energetic teaching component to our center, filled with laughing, learning children.

When we brought the Torah to its new loving and beautiful home here, it was sadly in need of major repair.

Fortunately, this was undertaken and sponsored by Sam Savage and Ellen Goldman Savage and Ben and Rachel Federman. Through their generosity we have been able to dedicate and use this Torah.

The promise we gave the Adwars was that we would create a beautiful home and center for the Torah in a thriving Jewish atmosphere and I believe we have kept the promise.

We have stayed in touch with the Adwars and when Trudy recently came for the first time, to see our active and blossoming center and how the Torah is honored here, she was so proud and well assured that her trust in us was well placed.

Unfortunately Sam Adwar passed away, but there is no doubt that his Neshama is proud of this gift and his Neshama is shepping Nachas from on high and that it brings comfort to his neshama to know that this Torah has the kind of home it deserves.

By providing a home for the Holocaust Torah in this way, we honor the lost souls of the Holocaust and perpetuate Yiddishkeit in the hearts of our children.

As we read from this Torah on many special Shabbats we ensure the continuation of many lives: Am Yisroel Chai!

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos 


May we share simchas with each other

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Dear Friends,

You know that experience of feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for the blessings that surround you? We hope and pray that all of us have that experience often- and ideally, actively create that experience by savoring our blessings every day.

But there are some moments in time that stick out; that dazzle us with their beauty and their richness.

This weekend is turning into one of those moments as Ettie and I feel full of gratitude to be celebrating our dear daughter Hinda's bat mitzvah this Sunday.

Indeed we are humbly grateful to be at this beautiful milestone, celebrating our dear Hinda's transformation into a young Jewish woman.

It humbles us to see this extraordinary girl, born and bred here in Naples, carry herself with such dignity and grace and pride.

And feeling so grateful to our beautiful community who has watched her grow alongside us- it does take a village.

So indeed, we thank Him for the blessings of family, and our dear friends who have become our family.

We give our gratitude an address- to the Giver of all that is good.

What truly makes a simcha complete, is the ability to share it with family and friends. This is a precious gift that cannot be overestimated.  It takes the joy and the nachas to an altogether higher level.

Whether you are joining us in person or spirit, please know that you are an integral part of our celebration. We hold each and every member of our Naples family in our hearts, and do not take the ability to celebrate this precious milestone with you for granted. We will be thinking of you when we say L'chaim, and saving you a dance!

May we, as a family, always share these wonderful simchas with each other.


Rabbi Fishel and Ettie 

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