Over five hundred participated in celebrating the grand Sefer Torah Dedication today, Sunday, May 23, 2010, welcoming a new Comm-Unity Sefer Torah which was started in Israel, and concluded at the Town of Oyster Bay Chabad Headquarters, in Long Island.
Letters were written into the Sefer Torah by Admorim, Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshivos and Community leaders in Israel etc. At the event, family, friends and Chabad members were also able to help the expert scribe complete the final letters of the Sefer Torah.
Beautiful certificates were presented to all those that participated
This Torah was donated to Town of Oyster Bay Chabad by philanthropists Moshe and Sara Lipszyc of Toronto, in honor of his parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Menachem and Miriam Lipszyc, for health, long life and lots of nachas from their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren KA”H.
Moshe Lipszyc established and founded the successful Bais Chaya Mushka Girls School in Toronto 15 years ago, (the fist Chabad Girls School in Toronto), and following on the heels of great accomplishment, has now launched the already popular Camp Leah Rivka, the first Chabad girls overnight camp in Toronto, catering exclusively to Anash.
The air was electric, as the procession following the Torah marched together, holding torches and flags, with much emotion, jubilation and joy. A special Sefer Torah dedication float carried the Torah, with live simcha music adding to the festivity. The parade was escorted with a large fleet of police, four star general Dakron at the lead. Major arteries and roads were blocked off, to the satisfaction of the bystanders, who joined, some by dancing, clapping or even taking pictures/videos, causing a tremendous Kiddush Hashem for all that witnessed the event.
“I’ve never been so excited in my life” said Darryl Aaronson, who laminated the beautiful mementos given to all participants, featuring a piece of the mantel that covered this very Torah, before its completion.
All were treated to a beautiful hot fleishige lunch, as a Seudas Mitzvah, after hearing inspiring messages from Town of Oyster Bay Chabad director Rabbi Shmuel Lipszyc and the host, Moshe Lipszyc, followed by live music and much spirited dancing.
This beautiful travelling Torah Scroll, which is now at the Town of Oyster Bay Chabad, will be a travelling Sefer Torah to Israel, fostering great unity and support for our brothers in Israel, and also Toronto, a “Comm – Unity” Sefer Torah!