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The Letter by Letter Torah launch event on April 14th was so incredible that we’re still feeling the excitement! Our goal is that every congregant has a touch point with Torah over the next 16 months, whether by writing a letter, learning with our scribe or clergy, or other engaging activities. Check out the video below to see soferet (scribe) Linda B. Coppleson writing the first word of the Torah alongside consecration and thanking the Goodman Center for Jewish Education’s Machoniks and teachers. Stay tuned for new opportunities to engage with Torah.

 

TORAH IS FOR ALL OF US

 

Letter by Letter is a chance for every member of our NSCI community to learn, grow, and connect to the Torah. Over the next 16 months, there will be many ways to embrace and deepen your relationship with the Torah. Please know that helping to write a letter is for everyone. Linda Coppleson will be returning to NSCI for Torah writing sessions and teaching on September 22–23, November 17–18, 2024, and February 23–24 and April 27–28 of 2025. While there are many sponsorship levels, everyone will have the same opportunity to help write a letter. Sponsorship begins at $36! This is a meaningful opportunity to make a dedication in honor of a b’nei mitzvah, wedding, new baby, conversion, or other family milestone.

 

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UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Linda Coppleson will be returning to NSCI for Torah writing sessions and teaching on September 22–23, November 17–18, 2024, and February 23–24 and April 27–28 of 2025. Stay tuned for upcoming learning opportunities to be posted in the spring/summer. 

   

“Each of us recognizes that the Torah is not just an ancient relic of history, but rather the living thread connecting the entirety of the Jewish people and those who love them through space and time. … By helping to write a letter of Torah, we will bring ourselves to the Torah and in doing so, bring the Torah to the next generation and

even the next century of our congregation.”

 

                                                —Rabbi Wendi Geffen

“Our tradition speaks of Torah being ‘black fire on white fire.’ The black fire represents the letters themselves and the white fire represents all the space in and around the letters. One way to think about this tradition is that Torah and its ongoing revelation relies on the engagement of each of us adding to the collective understanding of the text through our individual letters, words, paragraphs, and stories. We might never understand all of Torah, but we certainly                                                           can bring our whole selves to it.”

 

—Cantor David Goldstein

   

 

"When we bring our lives to Torah and Torah to our lives, we deepen the meaning of our sacred story and connectedness to the generations that came before us." 

 

—Rabbi Lisa Greene 

“It is an extraordinary privilege to be a part of the new Torah project at NSCI. Some of my most cherished moments have been around the Torah: chanting from Torah the Shabbat before my wedding, giving Torah blessing honors to my family, and becoming a rabbi before the open ark. I am so excited to help foster these and other formative sacred moments in this community, especially with the new Torah, letter by letter, word by word, verse by verse, and beyond.”

 

—Rabbi Jacob Leizman

Fri, June 21 2024 15 Sivan 5784