Greenburgh Hebrew Center Celebrates Simchat Torah October 16 & 17

Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of the cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of a new cycle.  GHC begins the celebration of Simchat Torah on Thursday evening, October 16, at 5:45 pm with music, storytelling and exploration of the Torah. This event is especially geared towards families with young children. The celebration continues with a light pasta dinner at 6:30 pm. The dinner is free and open to all; please RSVP to the GHC office at 693-4260 or by Monday, October 13. Everyone is then invited to join the congregation in the main sanctuary at 7:00 pm for singing, dancing and rejoicing with all of the GHC Torahs. Rabbi Barry Kenter will unroll an entire Torah scroll and “wrap” all of the children in the Torah. 

Simchat Torah continues on Friday morning October 17 with dancing and reading from the Torah, and with the honoring of two extraordinary individuals who have contributed significant time and energy to GHC: Gloria Smith, GHC’s Early Childhood Center Director, and Debbie Erdheim, GHC’s Religious School Director, as Kallat Torah and Kallat B’reishit.  Both women are passionate educators and are highly energetic and respected by all.  Services begin at 9:30 am followed by a delicious, festive luncheon in honor of Gloria and Debbie. Please make reservations for the luncheon by contacting the synagogue office at 693-4260 or

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a Conservative, fully egalitarian synagogue with daily services and vibrant programming in a warm and active community.  GHC offers various membership opportunities including Gateway. To learn about becoming a member, or for information about our award-winning Religious School or Early Childhood Center, please contact the synagogue office or visit our website at