MAAVAR - Support for Synagogues in Transition

Advice, Referrals and Clearinghouse for Sacred Objects

Contact info(at) for info and inquiries.

Signs of Our Past
A number of years ago Rabbi Michael Strassfeld began collecting signs from synagogues and other Jewish institutions that are closing. These signs reflect the story of American Jewry over the past 100 years. They range from lists of members in study groups to proper synagogue etiquette to matters related to money. It is a preservation project because most of these signs would end up in a dumpster. In the last few years Rabbi Strassfeld has found signs from Quincy, Springfield and Revere. The biggest challenge is finding out about synagogue's closing. Please let Rabbi Michael Strassfeld know if you hear of any Jewish institutions closing at [email protected]


Torah available for sale from Temple Kol Tikvah, Sharon.

The height of the scroll is 24" with approx 3" margin.
Please contact Rabbi Randy Kafka, rkafka613(at)


Temple Beth Am in Randolph is disposing of its library as it moves in with another congregation.
All of the listed books are available for immediate donation.
If you see anything on this downloadable PDF, please contact Stan Zoll at spzoll(at) to request it.


Sacred Items from recently closed Temple Am David, Warwick, RI.
Please contact Marla Blum: MBlum(at)

Torah Breast Plate

U.S., early 20th century
Sterling, repousse and attachments
13 inches
Not engraved

Torah Breast Plate

U.S., 1958
Polished plate, Chrome
6 inches
Engraved: Schwartz Family

Torah Crown