Congregation Or Tzion is holding a Torah procession as it moves to its new home in Scottsdale.

Starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 27, congregants from Or Tzion will walk the Torah scrolls from the synagogue’s current location at 9096 E. Bahia Drive in Scottsdale to its new location at 16415 N. 90th St., just 10 minutes walking distance.

The procession of the Torah is a joyful occasion that includes men, women and children and is traditionally accompanied by singing and dancing. For its evening Torah procession, Congregation Or Tzion will feature food, music, dancing and glow sticks.

Congregation Or Tzion’s new home is a free-standing, 22,000-square-foot building that is currently being renovated. The new sanctuary will seat 500 and the social hall can accommodate about 280-300 guests for luncheons, dinners or other events. There will also be room in the building for classrooms, offices and meat and dairy kitchens.

Although the Torah procession will take place on July 27, the last Shabbat at the Bahia location will be July 28-29. The final service in the old building will be Monday, July 31 for Tisha B’av.

Tisha B’av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, is a day of mourning commemorating the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the ninth of Av. Tisha B’Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av; the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. and the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.

The target date for Congregation Or Tzion’s first shabbat in its new building is Aug. 4-5.

To attend the Torah procession, which ends at 9 p.m., you must RSVP no later than July 24. For more information contact Congregation Or Tzion at

480-342-8858. JN

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