Monday, May 29, 2006

Welcome Home Torah

Yesterday, Sunday, May 28th, Chabad by the Sea on Mission St. dedicated a new Torah scroll. Many community members attended the celebratory ceremony, including Stan Einhorn (President of Hillel's Board of Directors), Rabbi Shlomie and Rebbetzin Devorah Leah Chein (directors of the Chabad Student Center), and a number of UCSC students involved in the Chabad Student Center.

Chabad by the Sea was established a number of years ago, but didn't own its own Torah scroll until now (all previous Torah scrolls had been on loan). The effort to raise funds was spearheaded by Jeanne Rosen and Doron Fishbin, and I'm very pleased and happy for the community that their efforts paid off, and davka just before Shavuot which is the celebration of receiving the Torah from G-d at Mt. Sinai. Yasher koach!

In addition, here's a video of Stan and local kosher/organic winemaker Benyamin Cantz rolling the new scroll; here's Rabbi Friedman HaCohen benchin on the new scroll; here's Rabbi Shlomie Chein benchin on the new scroll; here's the community members around the lavish brunch.

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