The first seven letters of Har HaShem’s new Torah scroll were written under a chuppah before a crowd of more than 325 people Sunday as part of the congregation’s year-long Letter-by-Letter Torah Writing Project.
Family members of the late Arthur Bronstein filled in the first letter in Bereishit — a Bet — assisted by Rabbi Levi Selwyn, a scribe from the Sofer on Site organization in Florida. Bronstein was a founder of Har HaShem who was very active in the congregation until his death at 94 last May 23. His family made the initial donation for the project and the Torah will be named in his honor. Members of the family participating in the writing were Mike Bronstein and his friend Sylvia Rainwater; Buddy Schwartz; and Marcie Haloin.
Har HaShem held a raffle for five of the letters. People or families were selected based on what decade they joined the congregation. Those who wrote letters were Estelle Miller; Donna, David and Noah Young; David Bernstein; Channah, Bill and Eliora Horst; and Joe, Sarah and Mikael Steinman.
Other founders and/or their family members as a group filled in the first letter of the second word. They were founder Don Margolis and his son Gary; Marsha Corn, daughter of founder Rita Corn; and founder Nanette Mannheimer.