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Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Sefer Torah in Dnepropetrovsk

This past Sunday, Dnepropetrovsk was crowded with thousands of people from all over Ukraine at a ceremonial giving of a new Sefer Torah.

The Chief Rabbi of Romania flew in especially for the joyous occasion. Edward Sartan, a member of the board of the trustees, and Martin de Yung from Holland, donated the Sefer Torah.

A beautiful golden Kesser together with a Choshen and a Yad were donated by Uri Laber, a respected member of the local Jewish community. The Sefer Torah was completed by a local Sofer, Zeev Gelfand, in the Kotzubinskovo Shul.

The last few lines were written by the heads of all the local organizations and important members of the community. The procession was through the streets of Dnepropetrovsk to the Golden Rose Shul, the army band of musicians led the procession with joyous Chassidic music. People were dancing in the streets with great happiness of receiving a new Sefer Torah in their city of Dnepropetrovsk.

At the Golden Rose Shul, Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky, the Chief Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, said the first Atoh Horeisoh with great enthusiasm followed by dancing.

A very festive Seuda, was held thereafter in the courtyard of the Shul with the Dnepropetrovsk's Pirchei Ukraine choir livening up the event with their latest songs.

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