Mezuzah Installed: Greenwich Reform Synangogue Celebrates their New Building

 Susan and Gordon Coburn affix the mezuzah to the front door of the new home of GRS.

Susan and Gordon Coburn affix the mezuzah to the front door of the new home of GRS. Photo: Sandy Soule

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 installed 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,” Greenwich Reform Synagogue wrote in a release. “A simple blessing is recited when a mezuzah is attached, followed by the Shehecheyanu, a blessing of praise.

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei shares his congratulations with the congregation. Photo: Sandy Soule

 Rabbi Andrew Sklarz leads the congregation in reciting the blessing before the installation of the Mezuzah at the entrance to the sanctuary,

Rabbi Andrew Sklarz leads the congregation in reciting the blessing before the installation of the Mezuzah at the entrance to the sanctuary. Photo Sandy Soule

The congregation celebrates with singing and dancing in the new sanctuary. Photo: Sandy Soule


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