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Summer at Bet Torah

06/19/2022 04:41:52 PM


By Diana Binger

It’s June, it’s July, it’s August. Summertime. Schedules may look a little different. One thing remains constant no matter the time of year, week after week. Shabbat. Day after day, there’s a minyan. However, in summer, the sanctuary is sometimes a little less full. Fewer people to receive honors, fewer people to read Torah. And fewer people may show up to minyan, even when it is on Zoom. Please consider being present this summer.

On Shabbat, there are gabbaim (the people who stand on either side of the Torah to help the reader), Torah readers (some are first-time readers, some read once in a while (that’s my category) and some read week after week), and ushers (they give out honors and help ensure those with honors get to where they need to go). What would a service look like without people in these roles? Let’s not find out!

We need people to help in all these areas. We need you. There are incredibly devoted individuals who will make sure that you are comfortable learning and participating as a Torah reader, gabbai, or usher. There’s no time like the present to start reading Torah (whether that means learning/strengthening your Hebrew reading or learning/strengthening your Torah reading skills)! Do you have a child’s Mitzvah coming up? Do you want to practice your portion that you may have last read 20, 30, 50, 70 years ago? They will help you and teach you, and on Shabbat, your community will support you.

Minyan – the gathering of ten Jewish adults – is held every day (Monday-Thursday, twice a day!). Perhaps this summer, you can commit or recommit to attending a minyan or two a month. Why attend minyan? When we don’t have ten people, there are prayers we can’t say, including the Mourner’s Kaddish. On behalf of mourners. On behalf of those who appreciate and support this prayer service. Please come to minyan. This is a ritual and this ritual provides comfort and healing for those who are grieving. Thank you to everyone who ever attends a minyan, and please strongly consider attending minyan on your assigned minyan days (each congregant has two assigned days a month). We are currently discussing how minyan will continue in person and/or on Zoom. We will keep you posted and invite those who are interested to be part of this discussion.

Have a wonderful summer! Hope to see you soon … at Bet Torah.

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