Congregation Beit Shalom

Congregation Beit Shalom

115 E. Paseo Av.

Visalia, California, 93291

559 308-1333

May 1, 2012

Mr. Ted Gover

Foundation For California

6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy

Long Beach CA, 90803

Dear Mr. Gover & The Foundation for California,

During the month of January 2012, Congregation Beit Shalom was honored to receive

the photographic display, “The Courage To Remember”. The local newspaper, the

Times Delta, picked up the story of this special event and showing, and gave us

continuing news coverage in several newspapers. We also received a large color

spread in the magazine, “Lifestyles”. The educational and emotional impact was

significant. It is through educational outreach and moral guidance provided to small

agricultural communities like ours, that anti-Semitism can be stopped and/or prevented.

Congregation Beit Shalom commends, “Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer

Francais”, SNCF, and chairman, Guillaume Pepy of Paris, France, for beginning the

process of moral responsibility and repair by apologizing for the use of nationally owned

French railroads for the purpose of transporting Jews and other Holocaust victims from

France to Nazi death camps.

On behalf of Congregation Beit Shalom I want to thank SNCF for providing the tools for

Congregation Beit Shalom to reach across old, hardened boundaries to begin the

process of developing relationships and building trust between religious communities

and nations.


Cynthia Fischer, Para-Rabbinic

Rabbi Larry Friedman

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