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January 15, 2016  RSS feed
Culture

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Completed Torah prompts display of community pride


Steve and Mona Press and family members look on as the scribe, Rabbi Yochanan Klein, writes the last letters in the Torah. Steve and Mona Press and family members look on as the scribe, Rabbi Yochanan Klein, writes the last letters in the Torah. The Jewish Community of St. Petersburg recently celebrated the completion of the Lynzee Press Community Torah.

Under a large tent on the front lawn of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg, the Torah scroll was open on a table draped in linen for the addition of the final letters to make it complete.

The scribe, Rabbi Yochanan Klein of Miami, completed the last few letters of the Torah, and then the crowd went marching down Park Street with a police escort to welcome the new Torah to the community. The Jewish pride on that afternoon was on display as children marched proudly with posters, and adults danced with joy.

A festive dinner was served to wrap up the event. The new Torah was donated by Steve and Mona Press in memory of their daughter Leah Ahuva (Lynzee) Press.



The Torah, under a chuppah, is escorted down Park Street to its permanent home at the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg. The Torah, under a chuppah, is escorted down Park Street to its permanent home at the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg.

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