200 people joined Chabad of Prospect Heights West to dedicate its newly renovated Chabad House and welcome a new Sefer Torah on Sunday, Sep. 21.
The joy in the air was palpable as men, women, and children accompanied by live music , and helium balloons, paraded the Torah along Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn.
The procession began at 656 Vanderbilt Ave. and, with Hashem’s blessings, in beautiful weather the Torah was brought under the chupah to its new home in the Chabad center located at 569 Vanderbilt Ave.
The Torah that was brought to the newly renovated Chabad House comes with a history all of its own. The Torah was used for many years, but was put into storage in 1974. Recently the owners of the scroll wanted the Torah to be put back into circulation. They wanted it to go to a Chabad House and chose Chabad of Prospect Heights West as its new home.
Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Senior Chabad Emissary to Brownstone Brooklyn, member of NCFJE Executive Committee, addressed the assembled saying “this celebration is a historic event in Brooklyn, as we witness Torah true Jewish pride being ignited in every neighborhood in this region. The dedication of this beautiful Chabad center under the leadership of Rabbi Mendy Hecht, and the completion of a new Sefer torah in the Prospect Heights area is a true Kiddush Hashem.”
Jason Goldfarb, 27, a resident of Prospect Heights participating in the celebration commented “this event re ignited my Jewish feeling and after many years of missing High Holiday sevices I’m looking forward to praying at the Chabad center.”
Rosh Hashanah services will be led by Rabbi Mendy Hecht and Rabbi Tali Frankel. For more info. and times of services call (347) 622-3599.
There will also be High Holiday services held at the newly opened Chabad Center in Windsor Terrace located at 1266 Prospect Ave. Services will be led by Rabbi Moshe Hecht.
For more info. and times at the Windsor Terrace Chabad Center call (718) 938-1435.