Above: Seth Bernstein carries the new Bernstein Torah up the steps to the entrance of Torah Day School of Atlanta and into the Danny Miller Beis Medrash.
Torah Day School of Atlanta celebrated the completion and dedication of a Torah donated by William and Joan Bernstein and their son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Abby Bernstein, on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Rabbi Moshe Hiller, a sofer (scribe) who also is TDSA’s second-grade rebbe, completed the writing of the Torah in the school gym as almost 300 people watched. Rabbi Joshua Einzig, Torah Day School’s head of school, compared planning the Torah dedication to a wedding, with a checklist including invitations, entertainment, menu details and trivialities such as parking logistics.
Seth Bernstein held the completed Torah under a chuppah as it was danced into the school’s Danny Miller Beis Medrash. Dr. Nisan Shleifer stood at the top of the school building’s stairs while holding the Torah that he and his wife, Helene, donated in 2003. Bizan Afrah and his son Levi held Torahs that are housed in the beis medrash.
William Bernstein said it was humbling to play a part in Jewish continuity by donating a Torah. Emphasizing that point, Seth Bernstein had an aliyah with the Torah the next morning at the minyan of middle school boys.