Fwd: Prague's Jewish community


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Subject: Fwd: Prague's Jewish community

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Fwd: Prague's Jewish community


Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 19:47:05 -0800

The Jewish community in Prague is being pressured by the Czech
government to allow the construction of residential properties on the
site of the old Jewish cemetery in the Jewish Quarter there.

The 800-year-old cemetery, which survived the Nazi destruction of
Jewish religious sites in Central and Eastern Europe, is the last of
its kind, and contains the grave of the Maharal of Prague (R. Yehudah
Loewy, 17th century scholar) and other Torah greats.

Prague's Chief Rabbi Efraim Sidon has asked for Jews worldwide to take
urgent action to prevent the desecration of the cemetery.

Czech Minister of Culture, Mr. Pavel Dorstal, may be e-mailed at:

      minkult@mkcr.cz

Below is a sample letter which you can send. Simply copy and paste it,
and fill in your name and country at the bottom. Please forward this
letter to all you know.

__________________________________


Dear Mr. Dorstal,

I am writing to you to protest the pressure being placed on Prague's
Jewish community by the Czech government, to allow construction of
residential properties on the site of the Jewish cemetery in the
Jewish Quarter of Prague.

This ancient cemetery, which survived the Nazi destruction of Jewish
religious sites in Central and Eastern Europe, is the last of its kind
and it contains the graves of many important Jewish scholars.

As the Minister of Culture in Czechoslovakia, I appeal to you to act
immediately to prevent the desecration of the cemetery.

Sincerely,

(your name and country).

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Michael Brenner
124 Raymond Ave.
Box 2334
Poughkeepsie, NY  12604
(914)-451-3011
Editor-in-Chief, Vassar Classic
Classical Music Director, WVKR
Treasurer, Vassar Jewish Union (VJU)
Social Science Representative to SACET

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