And now, write for yourselves this song, and teach it to the Children of Israel. Place it into their mouths, in order that this song will be for Me as a witness for the children of Israel

- Mitzvah 613


Mitzvah 613 is an exciting project that will benefit Temple B’nai Tikvah and its members in numerous ways.  First and foremost, we are writing a new Torah for our congregation. What better gift can we leave to our children and future generations.  As well, each of us will have the opportunity to physically write a letter, that is, to partake in Mitzvah 613 writing a Torah, and to dedicate portions of the Torah to honour people and/or to commemorate events that are important to us.

You do not have to write a letter to make a dedication, nor do you have to make a dedication to write a letter. However, the funds raised from the dedications will further strengthen our legacy as they will be specifically targeted into both education and into maintaining our building, ensuring our Torah has a well-maintained home where we can all continue to flourish.


There are several ways you can choose to be part of this unique and meaningful project:

Write a letter

We will have a visiting Sofer who will decide on the letter to be written by yourself and your family, and tell you of its meaning.  

A docent will guide you through a complete experience, that includes a private session with our sofer.

Make a dedication

We hope that this project will inspire you to dedicate a letter, word, name or parish to your family or friends. We have six levels of dedications available:

  • Keter - Crown of Torah ($15,000 - $36,000)

  • Hagba’ah - Uplifter of the Torah ($7,500 - $14,999)

  • K’ri’ah - Reader of the Torah ($2,500 - $7,499)

  • Aliyah - Called to the Torah ($1,250 - $2,499)

  • Yad - Torah Pointer ($250 - $1,249)

  • D’var - Comment on the Torah ($6 - $249)

    See a full list of Dedication Opportunities.

Join us at one of our events

Throughout 2019, we will be holding a variety of events in connection with this project. These will include our lunchtime and evening lecture series, letter inscription opportunities and more. To learn more, visit our events calendar or sign up now to participate.

Volunteer for the project

There are many opportunities for members of our congregation to get involved. We’ll work with you to define the most fulfilling way you can be a part of this wonderful initiative.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page.


How you want to celebrate the commission of our Torah and write yourself into the legacy of our Temple is up to you.