Rabbiner Karel Sidon (Mitte) im Kreise engagierter Helfer, vor der
Name of the Account: Prague Jewish Community (Zidovska obec v Praze)
Name of the Bank: CSOB, Prague 7
RELEASE - 08/15/2002 - Prague experienced devastating floods yesterday.
The Jewish Town was, as expected, one of the areas affected by the
Vltava River. All buildings had to be evacuated in the morning and the
whole area was sealed by police patrols.
wave, much higher than the historical flood record of 1890, came at
around 5pm. Rescue work started early in the morning today as the level
of Vltava River appeared to decline. The whole Jewish Town was affected
by the underground water, which probably came through the sewage system.
synagogues and other Jewish facilities are flooded to the street level.
The two most famous Prague synagogues are filled with water - the Old
New Synagogue built in 13th century and the Pinkas Synagogue, a unique
memorial to the Shoa victims with interior walls covered with names of
Jews from Bohemia and Moravia deported by the Nazis to death camps. Some
street surfaces have been washed away by the flooding leaving large
holes across a swathe of the Jewish Town, and there is a danger that
some precious places such as Old Jewish Cemetery could be damaged by
fallen trees or erosion.
Jewish Museum administration building was also badly hit by underground
flooding. Museum officials succeeded in moving precious Jewish artifacts
such as Torah shields, pointers, manuscripts and rare books in advance
of the floods, but the administration building is likely to be without
electricity for several weeks. The museum's air-conditioning system has
also been put out of action, threatening damage to rare manuscripts and
Preliminary estimates of damage caused by the flooding stand at about $4
Prague Jewish Community and Jewish Museum are appealing to Jews around
the world and all people who appreciate the importance of Jewish Prague
to support our effort to save Prague's Jewish treasures. The Prague
Jewish Community has established a US dollar Bank Account where
contributions can be sent. The use of funds will be publicly reported
The Prague Jewish Community has set up a temporary office in Charles
Jordan Senior House, Milady Horakove 129/300, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech
Republic; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jelinek, chairman of the Prague Jewish Community
Rabbi Efraim Sidon
Leo Pavlat, director the Jewish Museum in Prague