September 10th will be the last opportunity for scribing a letter in the TBS Holocaust Torah. Fulfilling the 613th commandment with Rabbi Moshe Druin has proven to be a unique and memorable experience for those who have participated. We want you to share in the joy this has brought to our congregation.
Between 9 am and 11 am, all who have not written an individual letter in the scroll are invited do so. RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, September 8 to reserve your spot. Please arrive on time at 9:00 am so that we can make this process go smoothly. Rabbi Druin, a gifted and compelling orator, will speak and all present will have a chance to scribe.
The celebration continues at 6:30 PM as we "wrap up" the Year of the Torah at Temple Beth Shalom.As a congregation, we can take pride in having restored a historically important Torah to useful condition. We are thankful to the members of the Holocaust Torah Restoration Project committee for their hard work and to the members of the TBS congregation and the Santa Fe Jewish community for their unstinting support. During this festive evening, the last three letters will be scribed, the completely restored scroll will be sewn back on the Etz Chayim and the newly kosher Torah will be ceremonially returned to its proper place in the ark. The event marks the completion of a project dear to the heart of Rabbi Schwab, now our Rabbi Emeritus, and is a wonderful step in welcoming Rabbi Neil Amswych to our community. Don't miss it!
Rabbi Neil Amswych comes to Santa Fe following 9 years as the principal rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue in England. He studied astrophysics at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland before beginning his rabbinic education at Leo Baeck College. While spending his third year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, he met his wife, Jenny, who was also a student there. They married in 2004 and have two beautiful children: a daughter, Zafra, now 4 years old, and a son, Asher, who is just one. They also have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Parker making them a global family: an American Mum, a British Dad, dual-citizen children and a Welsh dog.
Rabbi Neil’s rabbinic thesis looked at bipolar gender boundaries and transsexual surgery in a Jewish context. In 2007, he founded IDEA: Interfaith Dorset Education and Action, now the South of England’s largest interfaith environmental network. When he’s not with his family, working, cycling, or geeking out to Star Wars, he is working on his first book about a new aspect of Jewish theology.
A note from our Meryl Marchand, TBS Board President:
Rabbi Amswych is an energetic and charismatic man with a natural ability to inspire congregants of all ages and levels of Judaic knowledge. One of the many things that attracted him to Temple Beth Shalom (besides our climate) is our commitment to social justice and the work Rabbi Schwab has done to develop and nurture the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. We are delighted to know that Rabbi Amswych will continue this vital work. On July 25th, you will have an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. I feel sure that Temple Beth Shalom will welcome Rabbi Amswych and his amazing family with open arms and open hearts.
In honor of our "Year of the Torah", we invite you to learn a bit more about your birth parsha. You can click below to read a brief summary and a short d'var.
Friday, September 5
5:30 pm Family Potluck
6:00 pm Tot Kabbalat Shabbat
6:30 pm Evening service
Saturday, September 6
9:15-10:15 am Bagels, Lox, Coffee, and Torah Study, US
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
Monday, September 8
8:00-9:00 am Monday Morning Minyan and study, Upper Sanctuary