A new Jewish Center in Windsor Terrace, a neighborhood in the New York borough of Brooklyn, welcomed its first Torah scroll in a lively procession through the streets Sunday.
Numerous passersby stopped in their tracks, watching in wonder as adults and children marched and danced down Prospect Avenue with live music and a police escort to the new Chabad center.
Once at the new center, established by the NCFJE, the traditional hakafot -dancing around the new Torah was started.
Long-time supporters Neil Kupferman and Scott Kupferman were honored with the lifting and dressing of the new scroll. Rabbi Shea Hecht, Chairmen NCFJE placed the elaborate silver crown on top of the Torah.
Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Senior Shliach of Brownstone Brooklyn, blew the Shofar in honor of the coming New Year. Mr. Binyomin Cohen blessed everyone with the birchhat kohanim.
During the dancing a member of the community approached Rabbi Moshe Hecht handed him a check of $25,000, his gift to the new center.
“The Torah is what unites all Jews, from all walks of life,” said Rabbi Moshe Hecht, Director of the Chabad Jewish Center, “welcoming a new Torah is the greatest way to achieve the unity and joy that we need to enter a New Year.”