May 27, 2013
2 Candelabras Saved the Day

Only after Washington state Shliach Zalman Heber looked closely at the 18th century candelabras, did he realize how timely the donation was that he just received.

By Rabbi Meir Kaplan -

Last week we took the children for a two day trip to the mainland. We started in Tacoma, Washington, where we saw the new beautiful Chabad Centre. While touring the magnificent Shul, Rabbi Zalman Heber told us the story of the beautiful candelabras in the front of the Synagogue, a story I'd never hold back from you.

"When we announced the building of a new Shul," Zalman began the story, "a family in the city told me that they would like to donate a special gift to the new house of prayer and asked if I'd come to see them."

"When I came to their home they presented to me two very old looking candelabras. 'They were from a synagogue in Amsterdam in the 18 hundreds, it was passed through the family and we feel that Chabad of Tacoma is the perfect home for it,' they said.

"I held these beautiful pieces with great emotion and thanked them on behalf of the community for this remarkable gift. In front of the candles were the original plaques with Hebrew words. I quickly got a cloth to clean them and saw the dedication of the donor.

They were right, it was donated to the synagogue in Amsterdam in 1791, but when I saw the way it was written I nearly fell in amazement: . The Jewish year is written many times with the Hebrew letters representing the numerical value of the year. The word they chose for the year was "Tkuma" which means "rebirth", but the same letters can also be read as "Tacoma", the city which is now the new home for the candelabras.

I explained it to the family who was astonished at the divine providence and filled with joy that they had done exactly what was meant to be.

"And for me," continued Rabbi Heber, "It gave exactly the strength I required. We were going through financial difficulties to complete the project and I got the sign I needed. It may be a great effort to pull it all together, but it is more than worthwhile. Our Shul is part of the long history of our people; a rebirth of the Amsterdam Synagogue in Tacoma."

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Great job to the Shluchim
What a touching story! A place where the rebbe truly lives keep up your great work bringing Moshiach!!
(5/27/2013 12:34:29 PM)
thank you for sharing the story, much hatzlacha
(5/27/2013 1:08:17 PM)
Mr. Gershon Beck
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. The beauty of one shul is continued in another a continent away.
Coniunued Hatzlacha and seeing more signs to grow from strength to strength.
Am Yisroel Chai !
(5/27/2013 9:32:29 PM)
friends from mountain crest
WOW! what a z'chus for you to be part of piecing together this unbelievable story! May you have much continued success in your amazing work.
(5/27/2013 9:47:41 PM)
So proud
Go hebers you make us so proud
Hebers in Yorktown!
(5/27/2013 9:50:58 PM)
So proud!
The beautiful 770 shul and the candelabras are only part of the warm haimishe Pierce County atmosphere. May you go mechayil el chayil and may Hashem help all the chovovs be paid off ! The Hebers
(5/28/2013 2:45:02 PM)
Hashgacha protis
Wow! its so cool whan you actully get to see the hashgacha protis behind everything! Ps. The shul is beautiful!
(5/28/2013 5:16:29 PM)
so cool
hashgach pratis!!
(5/28/2013 9:45:37 PM)
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