The renovation of the main sanctuary is nearing completion and there is one final aspect of the project in which the Library Minyan can participate and be recognized. Fifty-four parsha panels — beautifully designed pieces of art — will surround the sanctuary. Temple Beth Am is seeking congregants to dedicate individual panels, whether it be in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a birth or bar mitzvah or other simcha.
Fellow Library Minyaner Henry Morgen has suggested that the Library Minyan come together to dedicate one of the parsha panels in the sanctuary. Some might question why the Library Minyan should do this, since we won't generally be davening in the main sanctuary. But we are a vital and important part of Temple Beth Am, and we will participate in many congregational events that will take place in the new sanctuary. So the Steering Committee thinks Henry’s idea merits serious consideration and hopes that many of you can participate.
The cost of dedicating a Parsha Panel is $10,000. We thought a suggested contribution from Library Minyaners could be $180. If 54 Library Minyaners join Michael and me and contribute $180, we will reach the $10,000. Of course, all contributions at any level will be welcome.
Henry has suggested we dedicate “Vezot Haberakah,” the parsha read on Simchat Torah, which has always had particular significance to the Library Minyan — from the puppet show begun by Miriam Prum Hess and now continued by Ilana Grinblat — to the drash given by the incomparable Hershel Elkins, z’l, this has always been an important holiday to the Library Minyan.
If you are inclined to participate with a donation, please send a check made out to the Library Minyan, with parsha panel noted in the memo, to:
1056 S. Crescent Heights Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Thank you for your consideration and see you in shul!