Monday evening October 21st coincides with the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Simkhat Torah, which celebrates the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Throughout the Jewish world this holiday is marked by singing, dancing, and a joyous Torah parade through the sanctuary (and in Israel, out into the streets!) We are celebrating Simkhat Torah with a short service at the downtown Nidhe Israel synagogue, to be followed by a communal re-winding of the Torah. Those present will be offered an opportunity to take turns helping us to re-wind the Torah from the last parsha of the year 5779 (V”Zot HaBracha) to the first parsha for new year 5780 (B’reishit, or Genesis).
The program will be led by a visiting US rabbi Devorah Lynn of Washington DC. As we re-wind the scroll, Rabbi Lynn will provide a “reverse tour” of the Torah, stopping at points along the way to highlight various features of the annual cycle. Rabbi Lynn has been a pulpit rabbi for over 20 years on the island of Bermuda and in Northern Virginia, and is currently active in Jewish chaplaincy efforts in Montgomery County, Maryland.
This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in the community (or visitors) to have a hands-on encounter with a Torah scroll and participate in one of the most joyous mitz’vot of the year! The program will conclude with refreshments in the Shilstone Social Hall.
Date: Monday October 21
Location: Nidhe Israel Synagogue (downtown Bridgetown).