On the night of November 9, 1938, amid the deafening sounds of gunshots, the smashing of glass, and the cries of a mob rioting and looting the Jewish Quarter, Isaac Schwartz, a young boy of only 14, risked his life to douse a bonfire full of Torah scrolls, shawls, prayer books, and other Jewish artifacts that Nazi soldiers had set aflame in a square in Hamburg. From the ashes, he managed to rescue a single Torah scroll. 78 years later, at this year’s National Jewish Retreat, we will celebrate the rededication of Isaac’s scroll, the self-sacrifice it represents, and the revival of Jewish life and Torah study from the ashes of the Holocaust. The Torah was generously donated to the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute by Mr. Leonard Wien, in memory of his family who perished in the Holocaust.

National Jewish Retreat

Established in 2006, JLI's annual National Jewish Retreat has been dubbed "the Jewish event of the year," offering five days of luxury and learning and an unprecedented over 150 sessions with forty of the world's leading Jewish personalities. Participants get to mingle with renowned speakers, scholars, and authors as they enjoy first-class gourmet cuisine and 5-star accommodations in an immersive Jewish experience.

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