Passing the Torah
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Beth El Synagogue and Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church (TAPC) marched together on May 19 to return Torahs (sacred scrolls) to Beth El after a year of interfaith fellowship and cooperation. For the past 15 months, the two congregations have shared several programs, including a Taste of Trinity Fall Festival supporting those in need in the community; a
lunch and learn about the history and causes of housing segregation and racial inequities in neighborhoods and housing in Durham as part of a Bull City 150 initiative; and most recently, Beth El members welcomed TAPC members into their homes to experience their first Passover Seder. “During a year of polarization and violent attacks against the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, churches in Sri Lanka and a mosque in New Zealand, sharing space with Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church has been a beacon of hope, reminding us that a better world is possible,” says
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Daniel Greyber, Beth El’s rabbi since 2011. The synagogue renovation and expansion was made possible by the Our Story, Our Time Capital Campaign that raised more than $6 million with the help of local fundraising consultants moss+ross, local architect Ellen Weinstein and local contractor CT Wilson Construction. “This renovation is about the future,” Daniel says. “[It’s about] building a home for our growing congregation so we can continue to be a vibrant part of the Durham story.”
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1 Scott Schwartz, Sally LaLiberte, Sheila Goldstein, Jonathan Katz, Itzik Lebovich and Averyl Edwards all help carry sacred objects under a chuppah from TAPC to Beth El. 2 Aided by the City of Durham Police Department, the long line of congregants from both houses of worship makes its way through the Trinity Park neighborhood. 3 The parade passes George Watts Elementary School as they make their way toward Beth El Synagogue.