News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Library closed Saturday and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Library closed Saturday and more


The South Lake Tahoe Library will be closed, Saturday, Jan. 16, in observance of Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday.


Seventy-seven years ago, a Torah scroll was almost destroyed. Now it will be in South Lake Tahoe, as part of a tour that will include hundreds of Jewish communities across the globe.

On Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass,” when more than 1,400 synagogues were torched and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed across Germany, 14-year-old Isaac Schwartz of Hamburg knew he needed to do something.

Seeing a pyre of Torah scrolls, prayer shawls and other Jewish sacred items left unattended, he doused the flames and attempted to recover the holy items. He managed to save a single Torah scroll.

Recently, it was purchased from the Schwartz family by philanthropist Leonard Wien and donated it to the Jewish Learning Institute, which operates hundreds of adult educational franchises at Chabad Centers across the globe.

Over a period of 18 months, a Sofer painstakingly rewrote the faded letters and replaced parts of the parchment that were beyond repair.

With the refurbishment completed last year, the Torah has been sent on a historic mission, hopping from community to community in a spiritual gesture of unity that spans continents, languages, cultures and generations. The Torah’s international tour comes as Jewish communities worldwide celebrate the year of Hakhel, a once-every-seven-years occurrence celebrated together for the purpose of study and inspiration.

The historic scroll will be present at the Chabad of Lake Tahoe on Feb. 5. Participants will be honored to carry, kiss and even read from its ancient letters.

The public is invited to join the special service followed by a traditional Kiddush luncheon. RSVP is required. For more information and to RSVP, contact or call 530-314-7677.


The Tahoe Fund is launching a new project submission process for environmental organizations that would like to partner with the Tahoe Fund to restore lake clarity, improve outdoor recreation and inspire stewardship of the Tahoe Basin. Organizations are invited to submit project ideas at

The Tahoe Fund Projects Committee will review proposals on a rolling basis, but any projects seeking 2016 support should submit by Jan. 29.

“We have simplified the process to make it much easier for organizations to share projects with us,” said Tahoe Fund projects committee co-chair Jim Lawrence. “We look forward to receiving project ideas that will have a meaningful impact and inspire our private donors.”

Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for 15 environmental improvement projects including new bike paths, watershed restorations, removal of aquatic invasive species and environmental stewardship programs. The Tahoe Fund’s biggest project to date is the Incline to Sand Harbor Bike Path that is still open for donations.

Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that all environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support, and have other sources of funding identified. Further details can be found online.

Projects should be consistent with the program-level priorities established as part of the 2008-2018 Environmental Improvement Update. With the notable exception of education/interpretation projects, the fund will generally not include funding requests for planning, design, or other pre-construction activities — or for maintenance and monitoring of projects in its portfolios.

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