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Orthodox Union expands the women’s Simchat Torah program


A trio of Five Towns synagogues are taking part in the Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative Simchat Torah Program on Oct. 22 to make the observance of Simchat Torah more meaningful for women in North America. Simchat Torah is the Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings. This year it is Oct., 21 and 22.

Congregation Beth Sholom and Congregation Shaaray Tefila, both in Lawrence, and Young Israel of Woodmere are three of the 40 synagogues in 16 U.S. states and one Canadian province that are part of the program that was begun last year. Young Israel of Oceanside and Young Israel of Great Neck are also taking part.

“The opportunity to celebrate the Torah through study is a fulfillment of the essence of Simchat Torah,” said Founding Director of the OU Women’s Initiative Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “Connecting synagogues with local scholars creates a Simchat Torah morning learning opportunity so that all feel involved and engaged.”