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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Last Best Place: 1st Siyum Sefer Torah ever held in Idaho

The Last Best Place: 1st Siyum Sefer Torah ever held in Idaho: "History was made last Sunday, 21 Elul, when the first Sefer Torah was completed in the State of Idaho. Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho celebrated the Siyum and Hachnosas Sefer Torah donated by Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jaffa.

Over 250 people joined the historic writing of the final lines, the dancing in the streets and the festive reception in honor of the Torah.

Community members were given the opportunity to assist the Sofer at the Alexander House, former home of Mr. Moses Alexander, the first Jewish Governor in America (who was elected as Governor of Idaho in 1915).

Following the Siyum the Torah was marched through the streets of downtown Boise, as members of the general populace gathered to witness the unique Jewish event.

The Torah was brought to the State Capitol building, where Governor Dirk Kempthorne welcomed the Torah to the State of Idaho and addressed the crowd, marking September 25, 2005 as Torah Day in Idaho. The local media was on hand throughout the event, and City and State leaders were delighted to participate in this monumental milestone for the Jewish community.

The Torah was escorted to the Boise Art Museum for Hakafos and an elegant Seudas Mitzvah dinner reception.
“We are honored and delighted to celebrate the completion of the Torah in Idaho, bringing the true spirit of Yiddishkeit to the people and streets of Idaho,” remarked Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz, director, Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho.

Honored guests who arrived for the event included members of the Jaffa family from New York, Rabbi Yitzchok Lifshitz of Blue Ash, Ohio and Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn and Schneur Lifshitz.

With any luck, a similar celebration will be held in the not to distant future here in Montana, when Chabad finally establishes a presence in The Last Best Place :-)

Mike"

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