Maury's Family..no joke, look at Great Grandpa in the middle. That is my face 25 years from now. No joke..and look at the rest of them. NO, it isnt the Adams family, some of them are scary. Some made it to the USA, or England, This was at their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Hungary in 1919. Those who did not come to the USA, ended up as victims of the Holocaust. We do not know who all of them were, and what happened to them.
After almost 40 years of business, Granny's Attic Inc. is proud to announce the Granny's Attic Foundation, a not for profit organization that will sponsor charitable and social projects which have been overlooked by society and deemed worthy.
Maury Lubman, founder and CEO of Granny's Attic, has just returned from a trip to Eastern Europe tracing his families roots and looking for possible survivors and their families from the Holocaust. During his visit he stumbled on an ancient synagogue in Satmar, originally Hungary. The Romanians took half of the Satmar region after WWl. Prior to the Holocaust there were over 25,000 Jews in the region. Now, there are 120 families left, mostly poor who cannot support the last synagogue left intact.
Intact means there is a roof, not leaking at present. There is no electricity. No heating system. The floor is sagging and the magnificent moorish architecture with vaulted hand painted ceilings and hand painted walls is crumbling due to past roof leakage. They have virtually few prayer books that are not falling apart, and filled with "bookworms". Since there is no money, the building is rapidly deteriorating.
Granny's Attic Foundation is trying to save this magnificent structure. We are preparing a booklet and a website to illustrate its present condition and needs. We will be in close contact with the President of the Satmar Jewish Community and provide him with three estimates for every type of work needed, information verifying the legitimacy of the contractors: state licenses, how long they have have been in business etc., and a contract that they would be paid after work was done, not before!
One immediate need is prayer books, or donations so they can purchase such books. It is hard to believe, how little they still have, those who have been through so much. The reconstruction of this building, would be a memorial to the over 18,000 from Satmar who died in the Holocaust. We must save this building!