Temple Covenant of Peace is a Reform congregation in Easton PA
committed to cultivating a love and understanding of Jewish heritage, to stimulate fellowship
in the Jewish Community and to strengthen the bonds of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere.
Through weekly services, programs and study, we celebrate our heritage. We hope you will consider
becoming an active member of our congregational family.
Sofer (Scribe) Neil Yerman - Artist In Residence
Friday, April 17 - 6:15 pm - Shabbat Dinner
(RSVP for dinner required.)
7:30 pm - Shabbat Services.
Sofer Yerman will be speaking on
"Restoring Our Scrolls, Renewing Our Souls."
Saturday, April 18 - 10:30 am - Musical Shabbat Morning Service followed by Kiddush Luncheon (Babysitting available with
S'udah Shlishi - (The Third Shabbat Meal) Gematriya: Follow the Number
(Babysitting available with reservation.)
Sunday, April 19 - 10:00 am - Torah Detective Academy (Religious School)
2:00 pm - Torah Restoration 101: Caring, Cleaning and Calligraphy
May 1st - Federation Shabbat Dinner at 6:15pm (Please RSVP A.S.A.P!) Daniel Chejfec is the featured speaker.
May 2nd - Daniel Chejfec will be speaking at Brith Sholom
May 3rd - Religious School trip to Ellis Island
May 5th - Election Day Bake Sale
June 7th - Rummage Sale!
YOUR help is needed!
To run it, to stock it and to set it up.
Services & Get-Togethers
Religious School - Sundays - 4/12, 4/19, & 4/26 - 9:15 am
(NO Religious School Sunday 4/5)
4/12 - Special Parents Meeting - 9:30am
Family Shabbat Service - Friday - 4/24 - 6:30 pm - Led by Pre K & 2nd Grades
The Rabbi's Desk
Jews are called the People of the Book. The Book is, of course, the Torah. The prophet Ezra (~457 BCE) instituted the custom of reading the Torah thrice weekly: Monday and Thursday - which were market days - and Shabbat. In this manner, no Jew would be without the words of instruction more than three days.
It is said that a congregation should possess three scrolls so that they are not kept waiting unnecessarily while a scroll is rolled. When Shabbat coincides with a minor holidays, such as the new month or Hanukkah, the regular reading for Shabbat is read, plus an additional reading relevant to the occasion. The additional reading is read from a second scroll if available. On rare occasions, such as when the new month falls on a Shabbat that also commemorates another occasion, such as Hanukkah or when one of the four special additional readings read prior to Passover, there are two additional readings and three scrolls (if available) are read.
We do have three scrolls at TCP, one of which is coming home from Sofer Neil Yerman's scribal arts studio. We will soon have at least one kosher torah (None of our torahs had been kosher.)
The art of sofrut - scribal arts - is intricate and fascinating.
We are fortunate to have Sofer Yerman as our Artist in Residence this month. He will be teaching us through many different modalities: visually, musically, mystically and kinesthetically. Jewish numerology - Gematriya -
and story-telling will also play a part in this wonderful weekend.
Take time to get to know why and how this Book is so incredible.
In peace and blessing, Rabbi Melody
Check out our Sisterhood Gift Shop for your Holiday desires! Fun hats,
toys, games, cards, jewelry, ritual art, etc. The full range of beautiful items is on display
in the upper lobby. Just knock on the Office door for help!