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A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2019 at 7:00pm
February 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
February 20, 2019 at 3:45pm
February 21, 2019 at 12:00pm
February 22, 2019 at 8:00pm

Museum Exhibition Opening: The Guiding Hand - An Exhibition of Torah Pointers from the Past and Present

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:13am -- marnilh

Temple Avodat Shalom is the custodian of scroll #442 from Vyskov, Czech Republic, and will be present for the event.  Members of our community are invited to participate in and attend the event by
clicking the link to register.

The Guiding Hand

AN EXHIBITION OF TORAH POINTERS FROM PAST AND PRESENT

 OPENING NIGHT:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
6:00 PM | FREE
 


EXHIBITION DATES
FEBRUARY 6 – MAY 30

MUSEUM HOURS
SUNDAY – THURSDAY
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. But over the millennia, the yad — pointer — has developed into a unique art form. While some yads are still carved out of wood, others are now shaped from silver or graphite, and even ornamented with gold, ivory and jewels.

The yad has thus become an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging exhibition of more than 200 pointers of all styles and national origins, some up to 400 years old. The display draws from private collections, including that of the Barr Foundation and will also feature Torah ornaments belonging to the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El.

To mark the opening of this exhibition, we will hold a moving processional of over 50 Torah scrolls from tri-state-area synagogues to complement the first-ever New York gathering of scrolls from Czechoslovakia that survived the Holocaust, in partnership with Memorial Scrolls Trust of London.  

  REGISTER HERE