Opening Ceremonies for Greenwich Reform Synagogue Set for May 21

Greenwich Reform Synagogue

The first step in opening the new home of Greenwich Reform Synagogue will be celebrated on Sunday, May 21, starting at 10:00 am.

Led by Rabbi Sklarz, the congregation will install the entrance mezuzah together.

Adults and children will then install mezuzot on doors throughout the building. Afterwards, everyone will gather 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 will cap the celebration.

All are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated by contacting the GRS office at 203-629-0018, ext. 1001 or email

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.    A simple blessing is recited when a mezuzah is attached, followed by the Shehecheyanu, a blessing of praise.

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