Office of the Chief Rabbi

Torah restoration weekend celebrates Garnethill’s rich heritage

Event

Synagogue members and the wider community were given an insight into what makes a Torah kosher and what Torah restoration entails during a special weekend of events at Garnethill Synagogue. With two Sefers being restored, the Executive wanted their members to receive a wider education about the cultural, religious and historical significance of the scrolls. As well as a special community Friday night dinner, there was also a presentation given by certified Sofer Stam (scribe) Bernard Bennaroch on Sunday morning, with a brunch laid on for attendees.

Evaluation from Susan Siegel, Event Organiser & Shul Secretary:

‘The shul Executive wanted to ensure that the community appreciated and supported the important efforts being made to preserve the rich heritage of the shul. The members also wanted to understand how to preserve our valuable Torah and the steps necessary. We reached our initial fundraising goal for the Torah Restoration Fund and Garnethill’s position in the community was reaffirmed.’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘It was an excellent event – well organised and supported by the congregation and wider community. Very important in allowing a small but active community to thrive.’
  • ‘The special weekend was not only well organised, but there was also a wonderful, warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.’
  • ‘Our weekend event was a great success. We had super attendances on Friday night, Shabbat morning and Sunday morning. I think the Benarrochs had a lovely, welcoming time with us and have promised to return.’