About 300 people helped Greenfield Hebrew Academy dedicate its own Torah at a ceremony Oct. 26 at the Sandy Springs school.
The Torah — a traditional, hand-written, Hebrew scroll containing the first five books of the Bible — fulfills two years of fundraising and other hard work to make it a reality.
In addition to paying for the scroll and the event, money raised from the dedication will help purchase classroom smart boards.
GHA parents Fred and Elaine Brasch and Nancy Weissman co-chaired the dedication, which included remarks from academy Executive Director Kevin King, students Danielle Grinzaid, Gavriella Mendel and Lior Vainer, and the Torah’s scribe, Rabbi Zvi Chaim Pincus.
As part of the ceremony, the rabbi wrote the final letters of the Torah while the students, parents and others watched.
Sandy Springs-based Chabad of Georgia Rabbi Yossi Lew read from the scroll before it was wrapped in a cover donated by the academy’s 2008 graduating class.
“It was truly a day unlike any other,” said the school’s director of development, Gail Medwed, who organized the dedication. “The whole event was beyond anyone’s expectations.”