“Torah To Go” Visits the East Fishkill Public Libary

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Caring for Vassar Temple’s Torah means that on a periodic basic the parchment scrolls are unrolled and rolled back up in order to keep the materials (sheepskin and ink) from becoming brittle and cracking. We have called the group of faithful members who perform this task the “Holy Rollers.” Recently, we adopted the phrase “Torah To Go” to describe the concept of taking the scrolls from the Temple’s Ark out of the Temple to some outside location to do the rolling.
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Traditionally, we’ve done the Torah rolling in the East Chapel, and more recently, members have hosted the occasion at their homes. We’ve had lovely experiences doing this. But this time the board and the ritual committee chose to try something new. We wanted to go into the community to a publicly accessible location and invite the public to join us for a unique experience. *We chose the East Fishkill Public Library. After all, getting up close and touching a Torah is not something many people have ever done. So our activity served a dual purpose which now included Outreach, as well as generating good will in our community. All faiths can find something in the Torah To Go experience.
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This past Tuesday, April 8th at 5PM we went to the East Fishkill Public Library. Bob Abrams, Jeff Brenner, Joel Kelson, Bob Ritter, and Ron Rosen, we’re joined by 8 guests. Rabbi Golomb explained the reasons for what we were doing, and Dr. J. Hoffman gave a brief lecture on the history of Hebrew and the fascinating relationship to our modern alphabet.

Torah To Go was a success on a few levels. So now the only question is where and when we do it again. And, hopefully you’ll join us.
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*SPECIAL THANKS TO THE EAST FISHKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ITS STAFF FOR ACCOMMODATING OUR EVENT!

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