Shule tour is successful fundraiser for Hadassah
Hadassah’s first fundraising event of 2013 was hailed as a great success after nearly 160 non-Jewish members and friends of Hadassah participated in a guided tour of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation’s synagogue in Greys Ave, on March 3.
The tour started with Hadassah’s vice president, Tanya Hart, showing and explaining the Holocaust memorial to the tour attendees. Then, inside the synagogue, Rabbi Altschul, who was introduced by Hadassah president Jenny Leiman, held the group enthralled with a synopsis of Jewish history and Jewish prayer.
As part of his presentation, Rabbi Altschul opened the Ark to reveal the polished silver, decorated Torah scrolls. He removed one of the scrolls and showed the crown, pointer and breastplate to the audience. He also walked up to the Bimah and opened the scroll before raising it so everyone could see. To conclude, he took out his kudu horn shofar and gave a whistled version of the designated notes to prepare the audience for his emotional, heart-rending shofar blowing.
After a brief Q&A session, Pastor Michael from the Greenlane Christian Centre offered words of thanks from the Centre’s Israel Focus Group. The tour group then retired to the AA Hall for a Devonshire tea baked by the Hadassah committee. At the tea, tickets were sold for the raffle of a stunning, handmade glass challah board, [donated by Gill Abel] and a number of very generous donations for Hadassah were received.
The event was a financial success for Hadassah – with over $4500 raised for the paediatric intensive care unit. However, it was also a unique way for supportive gentiles to learn about Judaism and their Judeo-Christian roots.
Hadassah New Zealand is extremely grateful to the Auckland Hebrew Congregation and to Rabbi Altschul for donating his precious time, as well as for his excellent and appropriate presentation.
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