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Newsletter 05/25/2011

Congregation Beth Shalom

Weekly News and Updates, May 25, 2011

Minyan needed for Shabbat Services 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, May 27 (Iyar 24)

Service will begin at 8:00 p.m. at Beth Shalom on Friday, May 27, weather permitting. Claudia Fisher will be observing the yahrzeits of both her mother and father.  She would like to recite Kaddish.  Please come and help make a minyan for Claudia!

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 8:12 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 9:20 p.m. in Fairfield.



Holocaust survivors, liberators in your community?

Submitted by Mark Finkelstein, JCRC/Des Moines Jewish Federation

Can you find some background about Holocaust survivors who lived in your community?
Any of the following information would be useful:
1.A.  How many survivors, in total have lived in your community?
B.  For information purposes only, would you have any idea of how many individuals survived the camps?  How many found a route of escape (e.g.,  kindertransport)
C.  Do you know from which camps they were liberated?
D.  Do you know which agencies helped them come to the US?  [ HIAS? American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee?  UNRRA?  Scattergood Hostel?]
E. How many of the survivors in your community are still alive?
2.A.  Are their recollections on videotape or in transcript form?
B.  If so, where may the tapes be accessed? ( Federation or synagogue? Public library?  Private collection?)
3.   With regard to the Iowan members of the US armed forces who liberated the camps,  do you know which Divisions they were in?  ( e.g.  42nd Infantry: Rainbow Division liberated Dachau;  8th Infantry liberated Wobbelin;  84th Infantry liberated Ahelm)
Thank you for the information you could provide.  Respond at: or
Best, Mark

Messages from Kabuika, Haim


From Kabuika:

I hope all is well with you and your entire family. I am in Paris, raising funds for the next segment of my trip (to the Congo). Please spread the word about my project .


From Haim:

After sending his regrets of not seeing us on Lag BaOmer, Haim writes, “…hope to see you in 5 or 10 years. Keep it up; all the best.”
shabbat shalom