UHC sets Torah studies, Veterans Day service, announces Sacred Places grant

By Terry Fear

Terry Fear is vice president/secretary of United Hebrew Congregation Terre Haute.

United Hebrew Congregation Terre Haute has scheduled a busy series of events, including Shabbat services, Torah studies and the return of a popular Veterans Day program, for the next several weeks.

In addition, UHC has won a capital improvement grant from Sacred Places Indiana!

Torah study at Temple Israel

Student Rabbi Kylynn Perdue-Bronson will visit Terre Haute for the weekend of October 20–22, starting with Erev Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. We encourage members, friends and visitors to join us.

Kylynn will facilitate two Torah studies Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Vestry Room at UHC. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend and as always, friends and guests are welcome to participate.

Please feel free to choose a study that best suits your interests or spend the morning with us by attending both.

Kylynn will begin the discussion with Talmudic study on Mishnah Shabbat 19, from 9-9:45 a.m. This is a mitzvah challenge between brit milah and Shabbat.

Parashah Noach (Noah) will follow from 10-10:45 a.m., when Kylynn will help the group explore layers of biblical text.

Interfaith Torah discussion group at Westminster Village

An interfaith Torah discussion group is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the media room at Westminster Village.

Then-Student Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky introduced this series last year, and it returns by popular demand. Kylynn will lead the group in discussing the Torah portion of Noah.

This study will be similar to the 10 a.m. session at the synagogue, but with an interfaith emphasis.

Temple Israel restoration project update

UHC has been awarded Sacred Places Indiana’s $25,000 capital grant for restoration projects.

This was a competitive grant available only to congregations who had completed Sacred Places Indiana training and a building feasibility study.

For Temple Israel’s first project, the UHC board authorized Jonathan Young of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf to prepare a proposal for the restoration of the buff brick area of the synagogue.

This includes replacing the steel lintels to prevent further damage to the sanctuary’s stained-glass windows.

The lintels are intended to support masonry over windows and doors. Unfortunately, the lintels are in poor condition and sagging under the weight of the brick, causing downward pressure on the windows.

This project begins the restoration of the synagogue’s exterior and will stabilize the windows while UHC raises funds for their restoration.

Veterans Day program at Westminster Village

Looking ahead to November, UHC’s 2016-2017 student rabbi, U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Rozovsky, will lead an afternoon Veterans Day service at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Westminster Village community center.

Aaron’s Veterans Day Shabbat service last year drew 100 residents and guests. His National Guard unit is sending him to Terre Haute to again honor local veterans. This program is open to the public.

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