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Goucher Hillel Receives First Torah

Release date: February 02, 2012

Goucher Hillel has received its first-ever Torah, thanks to the generosity of Shaare Tikvah Congregation of Waldorf, MD, and the Linder family of Yardley, PA.

Jo-Anne Tucker Zemlak, Seaboard Region Kehilla coordinator for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, made the match between Shaare Tikvah and Goucher Hillel. The Linder family was moved to fund the Torah after attending High Holy Day services at Goucher for the last three years.

Over the course of the semester, Hillel will build a new ark to permanently house the Torah, and it will procure special Torah covers for High Holidays and the rest of the year.

Nancy Gertner, chair of Goucher Hillel's Board of Directors, said, "We are thrilled for the generosity of the Linders and the synagogue, and we are so excited for Goucher Hillel to have its own Torah."

Rabbi Josh Snyder expressed how much this means to the Hillel community. "The Torah will enable us to convene services and Torah study on a regular basis, giving students literal access to the richness of Jewish tradition right here on campus. Even beyond this, the deeper meaning of our community having its own Torah — housed and adorned in a way that is fully Goucher — should make everyone associated with Goucher Hillel proud."

Eli Kaufman '15, Hillel Shabbat co-chair, said "Having a Torah on campus is great because it can help further our knowledge. We can use it as a teaching tool to educate the students of Hillel."

Hillel plans to formally dedicate the Torah and honor the congregation and the Linder family during its annual meeting on May 1.