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Rainer Nass The Santa Claus of the organs

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Rainer Nass, a retired German organ-builder, comes every year to Israel and volunteers to repair old organs

Rainer Nash has worked all his life at the Karl Schuke organ-building company in Berlin. When this company built a new organ, in 1982, at the Redeemer church in the Old City of Jerusalem, they sent him regularly every two years to take care of its maintenance. Later on, he was asked by the local Lutheran community to take upon himself the maintenance of the old organ at the Augusta Victoria church on Mount Scopus. He gladly agreed to that too. Seven years ago he retired from his work at Schuke, but the Lutheran Jerusalem community would not let him quit. They offered him to cover the expenses of his journeys so that he would continue to ensure the perfect maintenance of both these organs. To this he agreed gladly too.
During his visit to Israel in 2013, he came to the Immanuel church in Jaffa together with his German friend, Gunther Goettsche who had been appointed recently organist of these two organs in replacement of the late Elisabeth Roloff who passed away in 2008. Gunther Goettsche gave there an organ recital after which Rainer Nass mentioned the fact that the organ needed cleaning and several repairs. He offered to do that himself with no charge and his offer was gladly accepted by all. The work is already almost finished and the organ sounds as it did long ago.
But this is far from being the end of the story. The reputation of this Santa Claus of the organs reached somehow the Bethlehem Palestinian University. This institution stands in a vast compound which was used before by a Franciscan school and an organ was installed there in 1961. This instrument made by the French organ-builder Roetlinger from Alsace, is one of the most beautiful ones in the Middle-East, and has never been repaired nor even taken care of since its arrival. The Heads of the University heard about Rainer Nass and asked him to come and repair it. Rainer Nass once again obliged and undertook the works which should take quite a while. He is assisted by his wife who became quite a specialist in this task of taking-care of old organs, by Gunther Goettsche again and by several volunteers.
The Israel Organ Association conveys here its admiration to Mr Rainer Nass for his wonderful work and his love for the organs.