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Holy Rollers

January 8, 2019
Beth El
50 Maple Stream Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520

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The Holy Roller Society

Tamara Ostrowsky & Susan Schwirck, Coordinators


When the Torah is returned to the Ark on Shabbat and Yom Tov, we chant Etz hayim hi “It is a tree of life…” And so it is; Beth El Synagogue houses nine of these all-natural holy scrolls. As with all sacred objects, the Torah scrolls require regular attention to assure they are in good condition and kosher or appropriate for use.

The Holy Rollers group is comprised of volunteers who meet approximately once a month to check the scrolls. Our tasks include unrolling the scroll from end to end, gently wiping to remove any mold or dust, checking for and repairing small tears, and noting any damage that requires the attention of a sofer (Torah scribe).

We welcome new members to join our group. Contact Tamara Ostrowsky at or 609-448-5920 or Susan Schwirck at or 609-409-8462.

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