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 ten of these all-natural holy scrolls. As with all sacred objects, the Torah scrolls require regular attention to ensure they are in good condition and kosher or appropriate for use.
The Holy Rollers group is compromised 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 the synagogue office for more information.
Meet our group:
Susan Schwirck, Tamara Ostrowsky, Rona Brodsky, Ruth Merves, Andy Granett, Esther Schlesinger, Judy Bortnick, Barbara Aronson, Fran Grundel, and Sonia Kobrin
Not pictured: Jill Sandel, Joan Kaplan, Myra Epstein, and Esther Byll