Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany NY     (518) 489-4706

Sunday Schmooze

Nov. 12, 2017 10am with Deb Rausch

Please join us for the 2nd Sunday Schmooze as Ohav Shalom holds its Kristallnacht Commemoration. Debbie Rausch will present:

From Broken Glass and Shattered Dreams to Freedom

Fighter and Family Legacy, the Strum Family of Angsburg

A Remembrance of Kristallnacht which took place on 9-10 November 1938, and a Tribute of Jewish War Veterans and others for their service to our Country

Debbie will discuss her father, Walter Strum’s experience growing up in Germany, his arrest during Kristallnacht, his service to the US as an American soldier, and her recent trip to Angsburg, Germany with her children, Becca and Rachel and Jo, Rachel’s spouse.

At the invitation of the Jewish Cultural Museum and the City of Angsburg, they joined together with nearly 100 members of 11 families from all parts of the world to trace the memories of their ancestors and participate in the ceremony to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Synagogue of Angsburg.

This personal and poignant story is especially compelling today as we face an increase in antisemitism, and displays of hate and prejudice in the U.S. and beyond.

At this special Sunday schmooze, we will also commemorate Veterans Day. Like Walter Strum, there are many unsung heroes who have put their lives on the line to protect us, our democracy and our freedman. They deserve our gratitude and praise. We hope you will join us to help us thank them for their service to our country.

There is no charge for Sunday Schmooze events. Donations to help defray the costs associated with these programs are gratefully accepted. Questions? Please contact our Synagogue Administrator, Nancy Pandolfo at (518) 489-4706 x13