By COLlive reporter
Photos by Meir Alfasi
Residents of the growing Lubavitch community in Tel Aviv warmly greeted R’ Yakov and Chava Ohana from Booklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood this week.
The Ohana family donated a new Torah scroll in memory of their grandparents to a new minyan at Chabad of North Tel Aviv, led by veteran Shliach Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Piekarski.
Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Rabbi Pinchos Shapiro, Rabbi of the Sadigora shul in Tel Aviv, were joined by members and residents in writing the final letters in the scroll.
Ohana’s daughter and son-in-law, Rabbi Shimon and Esther Gadasi lead the neighboring Chabad of Afeka A and made the connection between their parents and Rabbi Piekarski.
Attending the celebration were their siblings Mrs. Racheli Rosenfeld of Crown Heights, Mrs. Rivky Kiyakov of Queens and R’ Shimmy Ohana of London, England.
A joyous procession then took to the streets with the new Torah and an older one being paraded to the Chabad shul. Among those joining in the celebration was Gideon Sa’ar, the noted Minister of the Interior, who arrived with his daughter.
At the shul, following affixing a mezuzah and hakafos dancing, participants sat down for a festive meal, as customary. From there, Yakov and Chava Ohana headed directly to the airport to make it in time for a pinyon haben for their grandchild.