Greenwich Reform Synagogue holds opening ceremonies

The first step in opening the new home of Greenwich Reform Synagogue was celebrated on Sunday, May 21.

Led by Rabbi Sklarz, the congregation installed the entrance mezuzah together. Adults and children then scattered to attach the mezuzot on doors throughout the building. Afterwards, everyone gathered in the sanctuary for a Shavuot celebration and teacher appreciation, along with lots of singing and dancing. The holiday of Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah (the Jewish Bible) at Mt. Sinai. Dairy foods are traditionally eaten on this holiday, so delicious ice cream capped the celebration.

What is a mezuzah?

The commandment to affix a mezuzah comes from Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20: “And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts (mezuzot) of our house and on your gates.”

What should be inscribed?  “The words that I shall tell you this day: that you shall love your God, believe only in God, keep the commandments, and pass all of this on to your children.”  

Seeing the mezuzah reminds us of God’s commandments, and tells people that this is a Jewish building. A simple blessing is recited when a mezuzah is attached, followed by the Shehecheyanu, a blessing of praise.

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