Established in 1874, Temple Emanuel is the oldest and largest Jewish congregation between the West Coast and Kansas City. It is a vibrant community with 2000 member households. It offers a wide variety of educational and religious programming for its members of all ages. The congregation also operates the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp that member children can go to during the summer. In addition to the main sanctuary, the temple also includes the Feiner Family Memorial Chapel, which honors Jewish history and the memory of the Jews from a synagogue in Koln, Czechoslovakia who perished during the Holocaust. Several pieces of furniture from that synagogue are located in the chapel. The only reason why they survived was that the Nazis stored them in a warehouse so that they could be used as examples of a religion that shouldn't survive. The chapel contains the Torah and its ark from the Koln synagogue. The Nazis took the ark but fortunately it was reunited with the Torah in 1989.
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