Congregants at Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael, CA, had the unique opportunity of helping to create a new Torah. Earlier this month, the congregation hosted the second of three education and Torah-writing sessions, attended by than 50 members. The session was led by a sofer, a Jewish scribe who transcribes Torah scrolls, who provided each attendee the opportunity to stitch together a page in the new Torah.

The session was led by sofer Rabbi Moshe Klein, who will return to the congregation in early December to complete the Torah and finish the writing. At that time, the congregation will also hold its dedication and celebration event.

“After so many years of being called to the Torah, to actually be able to say that we’re a part of obtaining a new Torah for this congregation and having the actual experience of seeing how it’s written and sewn together is absolutely wonderful,” one congregant says. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Has your congregation ever hosted an event like this one?