Embroidered Remembrance Tallit Project
Sisterhood is pleased to continue a very special project to hand embroider your childrens' names on a beautiful tallit to be used for the children's blessing at all our future Simchat Torah celebrations.Each name will be embroidered onto the Tallit by one of our skilled volunteers.
This special Tallit will is dedicated to the memory of our beloved member, Evelyth Lewis, and will surely become a treasured part of our Simchat Torah celebration for years to come.
There is still room to add your child's name. Cost is $10.00 for the first child, $8.00 for each additional child.
Please make checks payable to: GHC Sisterhood
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, New York Metropolitan Region has awarded our “Remembrance Tallit” with a Gold Kehillah Recognition Awards in the Jewish Art and Music category
Evelyth Lewis was an integral part of our Kehillah. She was involved in almost every aspect of our synagogue: as a volunteer in the office, maintaining our Yahrzheit records and mailing out reminder letters; as membership chair of Sisterhood, tirelessly sending out membership forms and maintaining our membership database; as a "regular" at Shabbat services and our weekly adult education "Bible and Bagels" class; and as a driver for other seniors unable to drive themselves to the Synagogue or to doctor appointments. She delighted in seeing our children join us for Adon Olam and watching them grow to become Bar/Bat Mitvah. When we unexpectedly lost her, we wanted to create something that would honor her memory and be a lasting reminder of all that she represented. After much thought, it was decided that we would dedicate a special Tallit in her memory to be used as the Huppah for the children's aliyah at our Simchat Torah Services and celebration.
Since Evelyth was involved in so many activities in our community, we wanted to give everyone a chance to be involved with this project. Our Sisterhood purchased a large tallit, and all of our kehillah members were given the opportunity to have their children's and/or grandchildren's names embroidered on the tallit. The embroidery was done by hand by several of our Sisterhood members. The result is a beautiful Huppah which is held over our children for their aliyah, and held over our Hattan Torah and Kallah Bereishit as they are escorted down the aisle for their aliyot. Since the names are embroidered to the underside of the tallit, the children can look up and try to find where their name was sewn in. The Huppah was first used for Simchat Torah 5772 (2011). It was quite a scene to see each of our children looking up and shouting "I found mine, I found mine."
We were fortunate to have Evelyth as a part of our community and are thrilled that we are able to honor her memory with an item that will be used for many years to come, with the ability to add names as new children are born or families join our synagogue, and creating an object that is truly hiddur mitzvah.