Celebrating Simchat Torah at Grancell Village
On Monday, October 24, Grancell Village residents celebrated Simchat Torah, or the “Rejoicing of the Torah.” During the celebration, 88-year-old Jewish Home senior John Sinasohn was one of several seniors to carry the Torah for the seven “Hakafot” processions it made around the Grancell Village synagogue.
“Dancing with the Torah is a thrill,” he says. “It’s a blessing to touch and hold the scrolls. I know my parents would be proud.”
John has had the opportunity to hold the Torah on this special holiday once before.
“The last time I held a Torah like this was in Germany in the year 1938.” John recalls, “My father was very involved in our synagogue. That year, we were given the honor of carrying the Torah during Simchat Torah. Less than a month later, the synagogue was burned down during Kristallnacht.”
Shortly after this act of violence, John’s parents sent him out of Germany. After traveling through Belgium, France, and Portugal, John moved to an orphanage in Los Angeles in 1943. Later, John met his wife Violet and took work as a writer, lawyer, and judge. John eased into retirement, working part-time fixing broken televisions before moving to the Home’s Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center in 2011.
Here at the Home, John enjoys spending time with his wife and attending weekly lectures and services every Friday and Saturday and during the holidays.
“I’ve been lucky all my life. God has been very good to me.”