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This month we celebrate the festival of Shavuot. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals that we ob- serve. The other festivals are Sukkot and Pesach. We will have a brunch following services on the first day, Sunday, May 20. Please contact Sima in the office to make a reservation for brunch. Yizkor is recited on the second day, Monday, May 21. Please join us both days.

Shavuot is also known as Chag Matan Torateinu, which translates to the holiday of the giving of our Torah. We celebrate the giving of our Torah at Mount Sinai. The Torah has been special and it has been meaningful to us ever since.

With that in mind, we are excited to offer you a unique opportunity, to Adopt-a-Torah. This is a new program we are instituting to enable us to repair our Torah scrolls and for you to be close to a Torah.
The Torah scrolls that we use in Temple must be Kosher Torah scrolls, meaning that they are in good repair, not torn or having missing letters. We recently had our seven Torah scrolls evaluated and we discovered that all needed some kind of repair. In fact four of our Torah scrolls are no longer kosher, which means they cannot be used in a service.

So do a mitzvah and help us repair and upkeep our Torah scrolls. Please join us at our informational meetings where our sofer (scribe) will explain the program and answer questions. These meetings will be on Tuesday, May 15 at noon and 6:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and hope that you will take advantage of this special opportunity. You will be participating in Matan Torateinu.

Chag Shavuot Sameach!

Sandy Shapiro and Arnold Miller, Co-Chairs