Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shavuot- Celebrate the Gift of Torah at Hollywood Temple Beth El

Shavuot- Celebrate the Gift of Torah at Hollywood Temple Beth El

Envisioning Sinai

Sunday Evening-May 20- 2nd Night of Shavuot, 7:30 PM

Join with noted lecturer and author, Gilla Nissan, for a guided meditation on the Revelation of the Torah.

Tradition has it that the Torah was revealed at Sinai on the night of Shavuot. The custom was to recreate the sensation by studying Torah and envisioning the opening of the Heavens at the moment God uttered “ I am”.
Gilla Nissan, author of The Hebrew Alphabet: A Universal Guide with Signs and Wonders, brings the techniques of Gurdjieff together with the teachings of Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, to led us to a higher plane with meditation, visualization and guided imagery.
Together, we will  feel“ We were there” on the first Shavuot, whisked away, back in time, to the foot of Mt Sinai some 3300 years ago.
A reservation and  donation of $10, sent in advance, through or directly to our office, is requested to help make this evening a possibility.

A Tribute to our Czech Holocaust Memorial Torah Scroll

Shavuot -May 21, 2018  2nd Day- Yizkor Services.9:45 AM Shacharit Begins

Our Service this Second Day of Shavuot will center on the Czech Torah Scroll that was entrusted to Hollywood Temple Beth El
1,564 Torah scrolls in Czechoslovakia were spared destruction by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Years later, they were safely shipped to London, where the Memorial Scrolls Trust was established. These scrolls have been loaned out to synagogues around the world, and  scroll number #MST 249 was entrusted to our synagogue in 1989.
In the intervening years, the scroll had been repaired and the original identification plaque was lost. However, two different soferim ( scribes) helped us identify the scroll for us.
This Shavuot, we will dedicate our memorial to the brave Jews who saved these scrolls through the darkness of the Holocaust.The Czech scrolls are unusual because they were written in what is called “ Kabbalistic style”, using a mix of Sefardic and Ashkenazic script.
It is customary to make donations in memory of our loved ones.

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