The Torat Chaim (“Torah of Life”) project has been PSC’s opportunity to write our own Torah as a community.  And we did it! Our Torah of Life has come to life and is now in its new home where we will read and learn from it for generations to come.

We have completed our new Torah scroll in PSC’s 51st year. We are experiencing rapid growth and increased engagement through our Kesher Greenberg Religious School, adult education classes, Shabbat and holiday services, young family programming, targeted community outreach and more. Through Torat Chaim, we dedicate and commit to the education of our whole community: in learning, in making Kosher the Olomouc (Czech) Torah, and now in having written our own Torah scroll. The first day of Kesher one year ago celebrated the writing of letters of the Olomouc Torah that was returned to its rightful community. Now, we celebrate the beginning of this year with our own new sefer Torah.

In addition to the community experience of writing our own Torah scroll, the Torat Chaim project has been a fundraiser to support PSC’s Darchei Noam campaign. The primary goal of the campaign is to raise money for a down payment for a parsonage home for PSC to support the long term sustainability of our senior Rabbi.

Hundreds in our community fulfilled the 613th mitzvah of writing a Torah by writing a letter in our Torah. Whether you were one of them or not, you still have the opportunity to leave your legacy by choosing a dedication and making a donation! Each time you see, read or learn from our new Torah, you can feel connected as you think about your dedication in honor or memory of your loved one.

Look at the dedication list to get ideas or reach out to one of our incredible clergy for personal inspiration. Many have already been taken, but with so many wonderful stories in the Torah, they can help you find a meaningful dedication. 

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What is the Torat Chaim Project?

  • Torat Chaim is the name of PSC’s project to write our own Torah.
  • The journey of the Torah, Torat Chaim (the Torah of Life), was kicked off by the return home of the Czech Torah and will be completed as we write our own Torah, here, at our home, PSC.
  • The Torat Chaim project is a fundraiser to support PSC’s Darchei Noam campaign.

How does Darchei Noam and Torat Chaim relate to our Flexible Commitment Model? (aka, “I thought you were only going to ask us for money once a year, so why the additional ask?”)

  • The flexible commitment model covers PSC’s operating expenses. These are the day to day costs associated with running a synagogue. To support our annual, budgeted expenses, we make only one ask a year, which is completely voluntary and flexible to allow you to contribute in a way that is most meaningful and appropriate for you and your family.
  • Because the Darchei Noam Campaign is a growth campaign to fund our vision, and because the campaign supports items that are not a part of our annual budget, we are hoping that members of our community will choose to opt in to help support our vision. Torat Chaim is one vehicle for raising the needed funds for the Darchei Noam campaign.

Why are we writing a new Torah (aka, “Aren’t two Torahs enough?”)?

  • While there are several times during the Jewish year when having a third Torah is helpful (e.g., on Simchat Torah when we read three different readings from different places in the Torah), there is nothing quite like the community building experience that takes place when we write a Torah together. We hope that, as a result,  you will be moved to support Peninsula Sinai on our journey.
  • And by writing a Torah we get to fulfill the 613th and final mitzvah in Jewish tradition!

What does Torat Chaim mean? What about Darchei Noam?

  • Torat Chaim means “Torah of Life”.
  • Darchei Noam means “Paths of Pleasantness.” It’s inspired by the Hebrew word derech, the personal path that drives our vision at PSC and inspires us to find beautiful ways to help each and every person find his or her path to experiencing a meaningful, Jewish life. If you want to know where it comes from, try singing that Etz Chaim song that we sing when we return the Torah to the ark at the end of the Torah service on Shabbat.