... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

01
January
2012

In the news: Synagogue for sale!!!

The Nederlands-Israëlitisch Kerkgenootschap (NIK) has recently put the Synagogue of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands for sale. Actually the decision was made by majority of vote - so, needless to say not everyone was in agreement to sell this synagogue - by the Nederlands-Israëlitishce Gemeenschap Stedendriehoek (NIG), which represents the Jewish community of the cities Apeldoorn, Zutphen and Deventer.  

Why?

It's mentioned in the news since the 27th of December 2011 that this Synagogue is for sale, and that they hope to find a suitable buyer for it. The reason is a lack of finance for maintenance and restoration work on this historic monument. It would be really sad if a party that doesn't advocate for the Jewish people, their communities and culture would buy it. If that would happen the Synagogue building would surely be put to use for different purposes except for what it's suppose to be used, which is to hold weekly Sjabbat services and other services in support of the Jewish people.

This Synagogue was a newly build Synagogue in 1960, to replace the one - which was restored after a fire damaged it, and which was taken into use in 1932 - that was targeted in 1941 by people painting Nazi slogans on it before it shortly after was burned down in August 1941 during the Second World War.

German Jews started to arrive in Apeldoorn as early as 1770 to 1780, and they have built up a long history in Apledoorn ever since. By the end of the 19th century more Jewish families established themselves in Apeldoorn, and the Synagogue with its room for study and ritual bath was opened in the Paschlaan in 1890. In that same year a school for Jewish learning was established, and two years later the graveyard for Jewish people at the Arnhemseweg.

In 1909 the Apeldoornsche Bosch, a Jewish psychiatric institution was established in Apeldoorn, followed in 1925 by the Paedagogium Achisomog to help Jewish children. The presence of these medical institutions which were of importance to the Jewish community as a whole in the Netherlands, was probably the reason why more and more Jewish people came to Apeldoorn. In 1941 the Jewish community in Apeldoorn counted a total of about 1549 Jews.

During the Second World War Jewish people including patients and personnel of both institutions were deported starting in October 1941 up to the end of 1943, ultimately to Auschwitz and Sorbibor concentration camps where most of them died. At that time half of the personnel of the Apeldoornsche Bosch fled and went into hiding. As for the psychiatric institution, after the war it continued its work in the smaller newly set up Sinai Clinic in the near by city of Amersfoort. About 150 Jews returned to Apeldoorn, but by 1998 only 24 have been registered as still living in Apeldoorn, and at this moment it's not clear how many still lives here. Nowadays the largest Jewish community in the Netherlands is in Amsterdam. I sometimes wonder whether it's a good thing that so many live over there. If anything happens to that city and /or if the hostilities there against Jews continue to escalate, wouldn't they end up trapped?

Up to now there are a few monuments regarding the Jewish people, their history and to commemorate those who died during the Second World War placed in Apeldoorn. But what about the Jewish people alive today, including the people who genuinely supports them? Monuments are in memoriam of those who died not of those alive! In other words, these Jewish people aren't a monument. Shouldn't the Synagogue remain in place and in use for them to support the Jewish people and not just as a monument? For even the Almighty Father wouldn't give up a city if there were at least 10 righteous people living in it, Genesis 18:16-32.  

So, shouldn't their still be Sjabbat services every Sjabbat and not only services on the High Jewish Holidays / Feasts? Why? Because the Almighty Father grands his blessings through his Sjabbat,

13 “ If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,

14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;

And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Isaiah 58:13-14 (NKJV)

Isn't there at least one Rabbi who would want to dedicate himself to continue services in this Synagogue and at least one teacher for the children, Deuteronomy 5 and 6:1-7, to start up regardless of payment? But to have regular Sjabbat services at least ten adult men, of thirteen year and older, should be present to form a minyan. This is based on the early mentioned passage of Genesis 18:16-32. First the people, then the money. An active Synagogue is also of importance for those who live in Apeldoorn and are interested in knowing, learning more about the Jewish people and Israel, while needing a personal approach to do so. You just can't welcome people with closed doors!

If the Sjabbat services would have continued in this Synagogue, or would be started up again, now in this place of worship of the most High God the Almighty Father, wouldn't he himself provide the finances and gather his children to this place of worship? Whom is the person to put his trust in him like Abraham did?

... 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” ... Genesis 22 (NKJV)

I do forgive those who are responsible for causing this problem and for allowing this to get this far. And I pray to the Almighty Father to provide for his people! Will you pray with me? God bless you.

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