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The Krakow Torah Restoration Project:

A Historic Sefer Torah Campaign in support of Holocaust education, connecting the past, present, and future, מדור לדור

The Krakow Torah was written over 100 years ago, around 1921, in Krakow, Poland. In the midst of the Holocaust, in 1940, the Torah was rescued and brought to San Francisco, CA where it was housed in a Jewish day school and used by Jewish students. After years of storage and underuse, the Torah was in need of significant repair. Our dear Hillel Torah grandparents, Laurie and Bernard Hasten, whose connections to Krakow hold significance, restored the Krakow Torah with the express goal that it once again be used by Jewish students.

We are privileged and honored that the Hastens have chosen to house the Krakow Torah at Hillel Torah. Our students will learn from the Torah year after year and feel a direct connection to those who perished in the Holocaust and those who survived.

Longtime leaders of the school, the Hastens embarked on this project in honor of their dear parents, Simona & Hart Hasten and Linda & Murray Laulicht, whose lives have been dedicated to Jewish leadership and Holocaust remembrance. This project, the proceeds of which will fund Holocaust programming and education at Hillel Torah in perpetuity, will honor their commitment and help connect the past, present, and future, מדור לדור.

On October 30, 2022, ה’ חשון תשפ”ג, the Torah restoration was completed and we celebrated a joyous and inspiring Hachnasat Sefer Torah with the entire community to welcome the Torah into its new home. The very next day our students began using the Torah at morning minyan.

Thank you to all our generous donors who joined the Hastens in restoring this beautiful and precious Sefer Torah, and supporting Holocaust education at Hillel Torah for many years to come.

Sefarim ספרים

  • Linda & Murray Laulicht: Leviticus  ויקרא

Aseret Hadibrot  עשרת הדברות

  • Simona & Hart Hasten
  • Seryl and Charles Kushner

Key Pesukim

  • Erica & Zev Dlott, Michelle & Joseph Hasten, Samantha & Yoni Jonas, Hannah & Barak Rosner: And you shall tell your children on that day.
    והגדת לבנך, ביום ההוא. Dedicated in honor of our parents, Laurie and Bernard Hasten, who have taught us so much Torah through their words and actions.
  • Marissa and David Iancu: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing
    ואעשך לגוי גדול, ואברכך, ואגדלה שמך והיה ברכה
  • Edy & Jacob Kupietzky: May G-d make you as Ephraim and Menashe.
    ישימך אלוקים כאפרים ומנשה. Dedicated in honor of our children Joshua, Kayla and Zachary.
  • Rifka and Daniel Weiss: G-d blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
    ויברך אלוקים את יום השביעי ויקדש אותו
  • Debbie and David Well:  Remember that it is Hashem your G-d who gives you the power to get wealth, in fulfillment of the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers, as is still the case. וזכרת את יהוה אלהיך כי הוא הנתן לך כח לעשות חיל למען הקים את בריתו אשר נשבע לאבתיך כיום הזה

Parshiot פרשיות

  • Judy and Norman Litz: Bereishit בראשית
  • Gayle and Ira Kopin: Lech Lecha לך לך In memory of Anna and Max Kopin, and Bebbe and Eli Mandel.
  • Laura Schneiderman and Benjamin Friedman: Vayera וירא In memory of Margot Schlesinger and the Wind Family.
  • Aviva and Josh Hassan: Chayei Sarah חיי שרה In Honor our children Sara, Jordyn, Coby, and Zoey and in memory of Paul and Shirly Kastzl and Sid and Shirley Eisen.
  • Amy Spar and Howard Rosenburg: Vayetzei ויצא In honor of Elaine Lefkowitz.
  • Dani and Eddie Krule: Vayishlach וישלח
  • Meira Shai Weiss: Bishalach בשלח In honor of all my teachers at Hillel Torah.
  • Orah and Lev Katz: Mishpatim משפטים
  • Devora and Rabbi Menachem Linzer: Vayikra ויקרא In honor of Miriam Linzer’s Bat Mitzvah.
  • Shellie and Eric Davis: Shelach שלח In honor of Murray and Linda Laulicht.
  • Judy and Michael Daniels: Chukat חקת
  • Naomi and Jeremy Fogel: Ki Teitzei כי תצא
  • Nora and Matthew Koenig: Ki Tavo כי תבוא
  • Miki and Shmuel Schreiber: V’zot Habracha וזאת הברכה

Maftir מפטיר

  • Shirley and Carl Cohen
  • Yehudit and Aaron GavantIn honor of our children and in memory of our grandparents.
  • Jaime and Larry Leonard: In honor of our family’s survivors and all of the survivors, and in memory of our family’s kedoshim and all of the kedoshim.
  • Judith Leapman: In memory of Stephen B. Leapman, M.D., husband, father and zayde.
  • Judy and Albert Milstein
  • Dr. and Mrs. Stephen RosenfeldIn honor of Hart and Simona Hasten and Murray and Linda Laulicht.

Aliyot עליות

  • Beth and Bradley AlterIn honor of our children.
  • Yaakov and Liza BajtnerIn memory of our grandparents Szymon and Nysla Bajtner and their siblings.
  • Vivian and Nathan BlochIn memory of the six million kedoshim.
  • Vera and Hyman Burstyn: In memory of Barbra Varnai, z”l.
  • Laurie and Rabbi Zvi EngelIn honor of Rabbi Linzer and the dedicated educators of Hillel Torah.
  • Rella FeldmanIn honor of The Hasten and Laulicht Family.
  • Rachael and Asher Gelman: In honor of our children, Emmett, Livia, Evan, and Margot.
  • Mari and Aron GorensteinIn honor of our grandparents – all survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Cheryl and Stephen Karesh: In honor of our children and grandchildren. In memory of Avi Karesh z”l Avraham Gershon Ben Shmuel Mordechai v’Zipa.
  • Mazel and Deege LevinIn honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten and all that they do for the Hillel Torah community. In memory of all those who perished in the Holocaust.
  • Bobbi and Michael Luxenberg: In honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten.
  • Dara and David OrbachIn honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten.
  • Libby and Tzvika PollackIn memory of Yaakov, Eli, and Chaya Bat Rachel.
  • Rachel and Ariel Redlich
  • Barak and Hannah RosnerIn honor of our inspiring parents who always instill in us the importance of Jewish education.
  • The Rosner FamilyIn honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten.
  • Melanie and Dov ShandalovIn honor of our parents.
  • Julie and Nathan Thomas
  • Jessica and Lennie WeissIn memory of Irving Weiss z”l and Martha Goldsmith a”h.
  • Warberg Asset Management

Pesukim פסוקים

  • Tere Atri: In honor of Miriam bat Yosef.
  • Bayla and Aaron Benjamin
  • Nechama and Rabbi Reuven Brand In honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten.
  • Jo and Jonah BruckIn memory of R. Meir Shapiro.
  • Barbara and Steve Dlott In memory of Helena and Moric Gancz.
  • Debbi and Aaron DworinIn memory of Aaron, Shaindel, and Dena Dworin.
  • Aliza and Craig FrankIn honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten.
  • Robbie and Scott FretzinIn memory of Wende Fretzin,
  • Toni and Sean Gadd: In memory of Marna Gadd.
  • Shira and Michael GelbIn memory of Simone Kamish.
  • Anita and Dennis GelbartIn honor of our grandchildren: Kalanit Schwartz, Doron Schwartz, Noam Engelhart, Lior Engelhart, Nadav Engelhart and Yakira Engelhart.
  • Shulamit HastenIn honor of Hart and Simona Hasten. In memory of Mark Hasten.
  • Judy Hasten Kaye: In memory of Mark Hasten.
  • Deborah and Doug Klein
  • Julie and Nathan Thomas
  • Aviva and Yitzchak Matanky
  • Michael Nussbaum
  • Suzy and Ed Plotkin: In memory of those that perished during the Holocaust.
  • Arn Pressner:  In memory of Roslyn Pressner.
  • Trude Reiser: In honor of my grandchildren.
  • Fran and Rabbi David Rosenberg: In memory of the lost Jewish community of Salok, Lithuania.
  • Darel Cohen and Daniel SalvadoriIn memory of  Stefano Tache z”l.
  • Laura and Jonathan Stern
  • Rachel and Josh Teitcher: In memory of Helen Winchester, A”H, Miriam Hendel Bat Shimon v’Charna.
  • Chellie and Yankee Wilensky
  • Lev Zahav

$108 – $54

  • Robyn and Daniel Ackerman: In memory of Andres and Rose Phillips.
  • Teri and Zach Appel: In honor of Emma, Maya, and Max.
  • Abigail and Dan Chill: In honor of our four grandchildren, Matar, Tal, Tavor, and Maayan.
  • Elliot Cohen: In honor of Laurie and Bernard Hasten and their families, and Edy and Jaboc Kupietzky and family.
  • Alyese Faibisoff: In memory of all those that have no one alive to remember them.
  • Chaya and Allan Gordon Burstyn
  • Marsha and Murray KaisermanIn memory of my Parents, Faige and Yecheskel Zylberlicht, and to the many members of their families who perished in the Holocaust.
  • Judy Kopelow: In honor of Miriam Kopelow.
  • Miriam Kopelow and David Williams: In honor of the Hillel Torah 8th grade classes, past and present, who bring survivors’ stories to us all through Names, Not Numbers.
  • Jennifer and Jonathan KoplowIn memory of the Doischen Family.
  • Sarah Lakin
  • Francine and Edward Navakas: In honor of Isabella, Sam and Eliana Navakas.
  • Elaine Rothner
  • Adrienne Spiegel:  In memory of Bernard Spiegel.

$36 – $18

  • Elissa and  Michael Birn: In memory of Pinchas Ruck.
  • Keren and Adam Cohen: In honor of the next generation: Ayala, Itay, and Nadav.
  • Tamara Kushnir Groman and Jeffrey Groman
  • Carly Glink
  • Samara Kipnis
  • Mindy and Rabbi Yona Reiss
  • Menucha and Noson Robeson

Thank you to all the Hillel Torah students who participated by donating a letter, word, or pasuk.

Choose Your Donation Level to Join the Campaign

All proceeds from the campaign will benefit Hillel Torah Holocaust education in perpetuity.

The Krakow Torah Restoration Project has been generously underwritten by Laurie and Bernard Hasten.

Holocaust Education at Hillel Torah

We have a robust and full Holocaust education program at Hillel Torah with events and studies at key points throughout the school year.  The pillar of our Holocaust studies, currently in its 12th year, is the Names, Not Numbers© documentary film project. 

Through the Names, Not Numbers project, each year our 8th grade students meet, get to know, and interview Holocaust survivors. Through these interviews, students are given the unique opportunity to interact with survivors, capture their important testimonies, commit them to film, and ensure their messages will never be forgotten. The Names, Not Numbers curriculum, transforms traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, experiential program that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught.

While Names, Not Numbers is a project of the 8th grade, Hillel Torah students in every grade benefit from having Holocaust Survivors in the building. All our students, from kindergarten through middle school, know when the Survivors are here being interviewed by the 8th graders, and feel a direct connection to the Survivors, the younger students especially are awed by their presence.

In conjunction with the Names, Not Numbers program, our Holocaust education is thoughtfully integrated into classroom instruction and cross-grade assemblies at appropriate times throughout the school year, including opportunities to hear first-hand accounts from Survivors.

Grades 1-4

  • Discussions led by the classroom teacher to introduce the Holocaust to our youngest students in an age-appropriate manner.

Grades 5-8

  • Kristallnacht Commemoration: A visit and lecture from a Holocaust Survivor and classroom discussions around scapegoating, bystanders and upstanders, and the importance of our own choices and actions during challenging times.
  • Yom Hashoah Commemoration: Each year the 5th grade leads our annual Yom Hashoah Tekes for the middle school. The students tell the story of life in Poland before the war, the atrocities of the Holocaust, and end with the beautiful song and candle lighting ceremony with Hillel Torah grandparents and family members who are Survivors. The students then hear directly from a Survivor who is invited to speak to the middle school. After the Tekes, we continue the day with a recitation of names of those who perished.
  • Each year the 8th grade visits the Illinois Holocaust Museum to further build their knowledge of Holocaust history and in preparation for their Names, Not Numbers interviews.
  • 8th grade students collaborate with 8th graders at Fairview School and help educate their peers, students of all backgrounds, about the Holocaust.


  • In the spring of each year the entire community is invited to view the Names, Not Numbers documentary film created by our 8th grade students.

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