Congregation Beth Chaim is starting the new year, 5780, by dedicating new High Holy Day Torah covers in memory of a longtime beloved congregant.
“At this time of renewal, we are very blessed to receive these magnificent hand-crafted Torah covers,” said Beth Chaim Interim Rabbi Brian Beal. “They will add a greater sense of meaning to our worship at this holy time of year.”
The Torah covers are used to both decorate and protect the Scripture scrolls. The Torah is the first five books of the Old Testament.
The new Torah covers were commissioned by the Congregation Beth Chaim Sisterhood and are being dedicated to the memory of longtime congregant and former Sisterhood President Marlene Brown of West Windsor, who died in October following a battle with cancer.
“Marlene Brown was an integral part of our congregation and a driving force in our Sisterhood for many years,” said current Beth Chaim Sisterhood President, Ellen Chajson. “It is an honor for us to present these special Torah covers to the temple in Marlene’s memory. Thank you to all of Marlene’s family and friends and to our Sisterhood Treasurer, Joyce Kalstein, and Beth Chaim Executive Director, Orly Klugman, for their help and support.”
Beal thanked the Beth Chaim Sisterhood for the gift. “It is wonderful that they are honoring Marlene in this way and allowing the entire congregation to share in that honoring,” he said.
The special Torah covers were created by Margery Langner of Custom Judaica in Tucson, AZ.
They were dedicated during a Shabbat service on Friday evening, September, 20. Those in attendance had an opportunity to take a look at the special Torah covers at the service before they were used for the first time during High Holy Day services.