A historic event took place on a recent Sunday before Shavuos when a Torah scroll was welcomed at the Chabad House in Kampala. This first-of-its-kind event was led by Shliach Rabbi Moshe and Yocheved Raskin.
The Torah scroll is one of 36 scrolls dedicated at the last Kinus Hashluchim. Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos, has sponsored these Torahs as part of their “Good Hachlatos” project. The project celebrates 120 Years of the Rebbe’s leadership and is dedicated to both the Rebbe and Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. The scroll also honors Mr. Gennady Bogolubov, president of the Dnepr Jewish community, and Mr. Nathan Zolotarevsky, a leader in the Dnepr Jewish community.
Community members described this event as an exciting display of Jewish pride like no other. Many attendees stated that this was their first time experiencing such an intense spiritual connection.
Each person in attendance had an opportunity to receive a blessing next to the Torah scroll. They also received a certificate bearing their name as a memento from this historic event. After raising the Torah, an amazing and joyous procession took place.
During the event, children participated in special activities. They recited Pesukim, kissed the Torah scroll, and even had their own dance with special gifts.
Throughout this joyous evening, attendees enjoyed a rich buffet with abundant lchaims. As they approached the synagogue, they did Hakafos before holding a ceremony for placing the Torah in the Aron Kodesh. With the emotional niggun Daled Bavos playing in the background, participants emotionally closed their eyes and joined in personal and communal prayers.
Local media covered this historic event which was also attended by Rabbi Aryeh Zev Raskin, Head Shliach in Cyprus, and Rabbi Chaim Bar Sela, Head Shliach in Rwanda.
Chabad House Uganda is part of Chabad Central Africa which is led by Head Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila.
Participants’ reactions were enthusiastic, and the event certainly prepared everyone for receiving Torah with joy.