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Newbury Park synagogue celebrates Simchat Torah

PUBLISHED: 10:09 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:25 31 October 2016

Four members of the SWESRS community, Rose Hyman, Brenda Soskin, Jane Igielman and Farrel Igielman, were honoured by the Synagogue to read these sections of the Torah in front of their community.

Four members of the SWESRS community, Rose Hyman, Brenda Soskin, Jane Igielman and Farrel Igielman, were honoured by the Synagogue to read these sections of the Torah in front of their community.

Brenda Soskin

The Jewish festival of Simchat Torah, which marks the reading of the last part of the Jewish holy book, was the focus of an event at a Newbury Park synagogue.

Rabbi Lisa Barratt of South West Essex & Settlement Synagogue, holding the synagogue's new Torah scroll at the festival of Simchat TorahRabbi Lisa Barratt of South West Essex & Settlement Synagogue, holding the synagogue's new Torah scroll at the festival of Simchat Torah

The celebration was held at the South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, Oaks Lane, and marked the end of the Torah cycle.

Press officer Brenda Soskin said: “This annual festival represents the relationship between the Jewish people and the reading of the Torah.

She saidL “As part of the celebration, a section of the end of the book of Deuteronomy is read and, immediately following, the opening section of Genesis.

“Four members of the community were honoured by the synagogue to read these sections of the Torah.

“The synagogue is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and purchased a new Torah scroll with donations to mark this special event.”


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