MAAVAR - Support for Synagogues in Transition

Advice, Referrals and Clearinghouse for Sacred Objects

Contact info(at) for info and inquiries.

Temple Sinai, Brookline will be starting a major renovation project in June, 2017.
As a part of that, the organ in their sanctuary will need to be removed.  The organ has not been used in many years and its removal will allow them to install a handicapped lift to their bimah.

The organ is a Hutchings Plaisted and Company tracker action pipe organ, OP 48, 1874.  It was originally installed in Roxbury but moved to Brookline in 1916.  They have been told by a professional who have looked at it that it is a lovely instrument with a nice sound and in good condition. They would like to donate it to another institution.  They require that institution to have the organ removed by professionals who would then crate it and transport it to its new home.

Contact Linda Katz, executivedirector(at)


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 mjstrassfeld(at)


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.

Books available from Beth Abraham Synagogue in Auburn, ME.
Contact: Barbara Shapiro, bandmshaps(at)

High Holiday Junior prayer books (40) dark blue, Prayer Book Press, 1951-56.
High Holiday Prayer books (250), Black,  Prayer book Press, Bridgeport, CT 1984
Prayer Books (300) Red.,Hebrew Publishing Co. NY,, Philip Birnbaum, 1951
Supplemental Rdgs. for Yom Kippur (about 150-200) 35 pgs. apiece
Babylonian Talmud, (about 24 vol.) Vilna 1922.  Large, leather bound.
Encyclopedia Judaica (16 vol) in wood/glass case.


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

Torah Breast Plate