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Jews, Christians come together to delight in Bible

Members of Kibbutz Gezer Reform community are joined by clergy to celebrate Simhat Torah

Revellers celebrate Simhat Torah at the Birkat Shalom synagogue in Kibbutz Gezer, October 23, 2016 (Sarah Tuttle-Singer)
Revellers celebrate Simhat Torah at the Birkat Shalom synagogue in Kibbutz Gezer, October 23, 2016 (Sarah Tuttle-Singer)

Simhat Torah festivities saw some interfaith reveling Sunday night at Kibbutz Gezer, in central Israel.

The Kibbutz’s Birkat Shalom synagogue, a Reform community led by Rabbi Miri Gold, welcomed clergy from Emmaus Monastery in central Israel to celebrate.

Simhat Torah, a festival of the Jewish Bible, is celebrated at the tail-end of the week-long Sukkot holiday. It marks the end of the previous year’s cycle of Torah readings, and the beginning of the next.

The group at Gezer was also joined by rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College, who helped lead the service.

Simchat Torah at Birkat Shalom ברכת שלום, Kibbutz Gezer, #IsraelRead more here: http://www.timesofisrael.com/jews-christians-come-together-to-delight-in-bible/

Posted by The Times of Israel on Sunday, 23 October 2016

The congregation, guests, clergy from Emmaus and the students all danced together with the Torah.

Sarah Tuttle Singer contributed to this report.

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