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It was quite a sight Sunday as a crowd of men, women and children braved the threat of rain to celebrate the dedication of a new Torah at Beit David Highland Lakes Shul, 2600 NE 209th St. in Aventura.
The sacred Sefer Torah (called the CommuUNITY Torah) was paraded down Ives Dairy Road to the sounds of live music and singing and dancing. In memory of Toshe Rebbe, the Fishman family are main donors of the Torah. Many other synagogue members also made contributions in honor or in memory of loved ones.
“This was a historic event,” said Rabbi Eliezer Wolf, the shul’s spiritual leader. “The Torah is an essential piece of any synagogue and is the foundation of a Jewish community and any society that believes in peace, kindness and justice.”
One of the most important teachings of the Torah, he said, is that every single human being is created in the image of God and that each person is equally necessary to carryout the divine plan for our world. That is why during the processional, the participants chanted songs that spoke about peace, love and unity to counteract the violence that happened in Charlottessville a few weeks ago.
The uninformed might not view Sunday’s ritual as a sacred event. But to millions of Jews around the world, the dedication of a new Torah can be compared to the excitement surrounding the recent eclipse of the sun.
“This [new] Torah has unified the community and will be the symbol of our deepest value,” the rabbi said.
Crafting a single Torah scroll takes over a year to complete, because Jewish tradition calls for a certified Torah scribe to manually write the scroll. Everything — from the character of the scribe to the quality of the parchment and the type of ink used — is taken into account, Wolf said.
“Even if one letter is missing in the Torah, the scroll is invalid. Furthermore, each of the 304,808 letters must be scripted to perfection. The slightest error voids the entire 54-portion parchment,” he said.
Prior to the parade on Sunday, members of the shul’s community met at 10:30 a.m. to welcome the new Sefer Torah at a completion and dedication ceremony, in which participants could fill in a letter of the Torah, alongside the scribe.
After the completion and dedication ceremony, the celebration spilled into the streets as the sacred Torah was carried along the route by rabbis, distinguished community leaders, friends and guests.
Once the rejoicing crowd reached Beit David Highland Lakes Shul, all the synagogue’s Torah scrolls were carried out to greet and welcome the new Torah as a display of excitement and honor.
The celebration continued inside the synagogue with music and ceremonial hakafot dancing and a luncheon.
Church to celebrate 65th anniversary
Warm congratulations to the Revs. Michael K. and Tamira Bouie and the congregation at Mount Hermon AME Church on the occasion of the church’s 65th anniversary.
In keeping with the occasion, special anniversary services will be at 7:30 and 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the church, 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens. Bishop Frank M. Reid III, the 138th Elected and Consecrated Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the guest speaker.
All past and current members, and visitors are invited to the services.
Temple klezmer concert
The community is invited to a Sunday afternoon concert from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami.
You will enjoy the sounds of klezmer, ladino and jazz by the Klezmer Company, directed by Aaron Kula.
‘Digging Deeper than Doctrine’
As the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation draws near, members of Christ the King Lutheran Church, in conjunction with members of the Roman Catholic Church, are building a Prayer Labyrinth on the grounds of MorningStar Renewal Center,7275 SW 124th St. in Pinecrest.
The Labyrinth project, called “Digger Deeper than Doctrine” began Feb. 26. The second workday, which will mark the installation of the Labyrinth, will be Sept. 2 and 3.
A labyrinth is an intricate arrangement of paths, usually in a garden, that has been used since ancient times for meditation and prayer. The project is named “Digging Deeper than Doctrine” because the labyrinth will be open to the public and people of different faiths will be welcome to come together to create a common space for reflection.
Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion
If you didn’t have the time for family vacation this summer, there is still time to get in on the 15th annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, to be held Thursday through Labor Day at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee.
Joyner, who hosts the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” along with Allstate Insurance Company. will celebrate the importance of family with fun for every generation at the event.
The weekend will kick off with a party hosted by Joyner and live performances on Thursday. On Friday morning, “The Tom Joyner Show” will broadcast live from the family reunion site and will feature a performance by singer Tamar Braxton. The live broadcast will be from 6 to 10 a.m. and is open to the public.
The popular family reunion event annually attracts more than 25,000 people from throughout the country. The attractions include concerts, celebrity interactions, seminars and many themed activities. There is also a free Fam-Fest Expo in which guests can get free passes to the Universal Orlando theme park, as well as appearances from TV personalities such as Kim Coles, TC Carson, John Henton; Ernest “Raj” Thomas and Danielle “Dee” Spencer.
Said Joyner: “Every year, we create a fun, entertainment-filled atmosphere that truly celebrates families and what we love. I am so proud to continue this tradition and know it will be our best year yet.”
For the full schedule of events and for more information, visit BlackAmericaWeb.com.