Over the course of the past thirteen years, I have received ongoing requests to incorporate more opportunities to engage in Torah. In response to this request, we recently introduced a monthly Torah study group called Tacos and Torah. During this monthly gathering, we spend time learning and debating the values and ideas found in our weekly Torah portion.
A second request regarding Torah has focused on increasing congregational opportunities to hear the Torah being read. With this growing interest, we are trying to find ways to weave Torah readings into our worship experiences on a more regular basis. Customarily, Torah is read on Shabbat morning, but since we rarely gather on Saturday mornings for worship (unless there is a bar/bat mitzvah), Friday night represents the ideal time for us to incorporate a Torah reading.
This Friday night will be our first Torah Shabbat. Join us for a wonderful service that will include a brief Torah reading and an opportunity to engage Torah in a very sacred way. If this pilot program is well received, we will look to replicate it in the future. We welcome your participation and your feedback.