When Sylvia met Olga, Sunday, October 21 at 10 am

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2018 By: Robin Rosenberg

When Sylvia met Olga: This is the story of an unexpected friendship and the Holocaust Torah with which it began. Sylvia will discuss the unexpected kinship borne of shared values and traditions interpreted in a contemporary context, tracing the journey of a 19th-century, Eastern European Torah scroll and how it came to hold new significance for a 21st-century, progressive Jewish community in LA.

Sylvia Sukop is a writer, educator, and longtime member of Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, founded as the world's first LGBTQ synagogue. Czech-born Olga Gabanyiova Grilli survived the Holocaust thanks to a Kindertransport. What brought these two strangers together and led to their lifelong friendship was a Torah from Olga's hometown, now in the care of Sylvia's congregation.

This event begins with brunch, followed by a talk and slide show presentation and is open to the community. Suggested contribution is $18/adult. To RSVP, please contact Robin at sisterhood@g-h-c.org or 914-693-4260. Free childcare is available upon prior request. For more information, visit webpage.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a fully egalitarian Conservative synagogue serving the Rivertowns and adjacent communities.  The synagogue welcomes traditional, interfaith, and blended families, singles, and LGBTQ participants, and has daily services that are spirited and participatory.