On September 17, the Moriah School celebrated a Hachnasat Sefer Torah by welcoming a new Torah to its home. The Torah, commissioned to be written last year, was donated by Gabriel and Polly Bousbib and family in honor of their son David’s bar mitzvah. It will be kept at Moriah’s newly constructed Sephardic beit midrash.
The morning started with David Bousbib reading from the Torah for the first time. Afterward, students and faculty enjoyed a breakfast with live music sponsored by the Bousbib family. Distinguished rabbis and special guests had the opportunity to complete a letter in the Torah, finishing the scroll.
Rabbi Mordy Kuessous, assistant rabbi for the Benaroya Sephardic Center and the director of the Moriah School Sephardic Cultural Program, gave a d’var Torah. The Torah was paraded through the school and middle school students and teachers danced in the middle of South Woodland Street.
The morning concluded with words from Moriah’s head of school, Rabbi Daniel Alter and from Gabriel Bousbib.