New Torah covers carry special meaning to Emanuel Synagogue congregation

Jeanette Kuvin Oren has designed new Torah covers for the Emanuel Synagogue.

WEST HARTFORD — As Emanuel Synagogue nears its Centennial year, it is unveiling newly designed Torah covers to enhance weekly Torah services.

As the precious Torahs are carried through the sanctuary before and after reading from them, the synagogue sought to emphasize the spirit of The Emanuel community by emblazoning words on the Torahs pertaining to shared values states a press release from the Synagogue.

The Torah cover project was presented to the congregation as an opportunity for dedication. Donors were invited to select a Hebrew phrase that was not only personally meaningful, but also consistent with The Emanuel’s mission. Each Hebrew phrase chosen is woven into the donor’s cover.

Some of the expressions chosen were prayer, woman of valor, study, kindness, blessing, love of Torah, honor for past generations, exemplary conduct, and love of Israel. A Connecticut artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren, with a reputation for beautiful, symbolic and contemporary designs was selected to create the beautiful covers.

The motif is a pomegranate tree with branches stretching across all the Torahs within the ark. Each cover has colorful leaves and pomegranates. The Torah cover committee selected this motif because it is fitting for The Emanuel community. The image of the Torah as “a tree of life to those who hold fast to it and all who cling to it find happiness,” seems appropriate for the multigenerational Emanuel family. The branches spread across all the Torahs symbolize “L’Dor v Dor,” the connection from one generation to the next. The pomegranate is one of the seven species mentioned in the Torah and still grows in Israel today. It is said to symbolize vitality and love, and its seeds are said to represent the 613 commandments mentioned in the Torah.

The new Torah covers, Torah reading covers and Torah belts will be dedicated Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, 06117. All are invited to attend. For information, call 860-236-1275 or visit our website, www.emanuelsynagogue.org.