This Menorah was rescued from the flames of the Holocaust. Its original home was the Great Synagogue in Katowicz, Poland. Commissioned in the early 1800s, the eagles at the top of the Menorah are the “Habsburg Eagles”, in gratitude for the protection the Habsburg Empire granted the Jewish community.
Crafted and signed by Italian artist Rosso in Italian Renaissance style, each piece was individually hand-carved.
Today the Menorah is lit each Chanukah at Los Angeles City Hall. For the remainder of the year it’s kept at Chabad of Westwood.
The Menorah was dedicated in loving memory of Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua Cunin, Director of Chabad of Century City who passed away in 2019.
Source: Bentzi Sasson