READER SUBMITTED: New Torah Covers Created By Congregant

Greater Hartford

The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford will dedicate new High Holy Day Torah covers to welcome the Jewish New Year 5775 on Sept. 24.

For the "High Holidays," most synagogues change the year-round covers for their holy Torah scrolls to pristine white covers. This signifies the specialness of the Days of Awe and the fresh new beginnings a new year brings. Emanuel member Linda Asmar noticed that the white covers, used for over thirty years, were no longer in pristine condition and offered to help create new ones.

A group of lay leaders set about designing something simple and elegant to enhance the prayer experience and also support the mission of the Synagogue by inviting generous people to dedicate each Torah cover, by offering a donation in honor of or in memory of someone special. Linda offered her excellent needlework talents to the project as a gift of love.

Rabbi David Small observed: "These new Torah covers will express the renewal and holiness of the New Year. Shining out from our beautiful Aron Kodesh, and circling among the congregation, they will enhance the experience of our people who come together to pray for new beginnings and peace in the world."

Every Rosh Hashanah The Emanuel Synagogue does its best to begin the Jewish New Year with beautiful, meaningful services that are engaging and accessible to all. We aim to inspire everyone through the words and commentary of our High Holy Day prayer book, the melodies of our chanting, sermons that touch our lives, the palpable feel of community and the splendor of our beautiful sanctuary. These new Torah covers will enhance the experience of and inspire the group that gathers together to pray.

The Emanuel opens its doors to all at Jewish New Year time. Membership is not required to join us for the holidays. For a donation of your choice, everyone is welcome to participate. For more information about The Emanuel Synagogue and attending High Holiday services, contact our office at 860-236-1275 or visit our website

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