To stand at the Torah and read the ancient text out of the scroll is something we all hope our children and grandchildren accomplish on the day of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. But Torah reading is not only for our children.
We invite you to become a part of the Beth Shalom growing circle of Torah readers, known as The Yad Squad (named for the “yad” used to point at the text while reading from the Torah scroll).
Our Yad Squad members read on Shabbat, Festivals and weekdays when the Jewish calendar mandates for Torah to be chanted. This is a most valuable mitzvah for our community. While doing so members are strengthening their own ties with the synagogue, the music of the Hebrew language and with their Jewish heritage. They are maintaining a link to one of the world’s longest existing musical systems, as well. We have several parent-child, grandparent-grandchild and family Torah reading teams which is a wonderful way to inspire and be inspired by the generations of your family.
Congregation Beth Shalom is so thankful to the members of the community who read Torah on a regular basis, helping with this sacred task, that we have a program to honor them.
When a reader reaches a designated benchmark of pasukim (sentences), their name is engraved on a Torah plaque, which is located on the wall by the main Kamensky Sanctuary doors.
We invite you to become a part of this growing circle of Torah readers.
For more information, please contact CBS Ritual Director Cantor Raquel P. Gershon at RGershon@BethShalomNB.org.