Temple to celebrate completion of Torah scroll

Temple Emanu-El will hold a completion ceremony (siyyum) for its 100th Anniversary Linda Nadell Centennial Torah on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

During this celebration the scribe, Rabbi Shmuel Miller, along with a few honored members of the congregation, will fill in the last letters of the Torah from Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah.

“The siyyum is an amazing experience, absolutely unique. It is the completion of a year of a learning, labor, inspiration, and celebration,” says Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, noting that completion of a Torah is one of the holiest moments in all of Judaism.

The new Torah is being dedicated to the memory of Linda Nadell, who died in 2009 during her tenure as president of Temple Emanu-El.

The congregation’s adult and teen choirs will take part in the celebration, which is open to all. The event will include a short video that chronicles the writing of this Torah and will be followed by a reception. For more information, contact Mila Anderson, program coordinator, at 327-4501 or mila@templeemanueltucson.org, or visit templeemanueltucson.org.