Two New Torahs Welcomed in Moscow in Emotional Ceremony

Two beautiful new Torah scrolls were welcomed to the Marina Roscha JCC and Central Synagogue in Moscow in an emotional ceremony. They were a special gift by philanthropist Mr. German Zecharyaev to Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar in appreciation for his tireless efforts on behalf of Russia’s Jews.

On the day after the festival Shavuot, Russia’s capital city experienced an emotional ceremony honoring the Torah. Two beautiful, Torah scrolls were welcomed together into the ‘Aron Hakodesh’ of the Marina Roscha Synagogue in the center of Moscow, amidst great celebration.

The event was attended by many guests, most notably, renowned philanthropist Mr. German Zecharyaev, a staunch supporter of Judaism throughout the country, who donated the Torah scrolls. He was joined by his family members, as well as many friends, and shul members.

The special gift was presented to Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar in appreciation for his tireless efforts on behalf of Russia’s thousands of Jews, building synagogues, educational institutions, and supporting humnitarian all over the country with the help of the rabbis and community leaders in each city.

As the last letters were written in both Torah scrolls and the beautiful crowns were placed upon each of them by the Chief Rabbi, the crowd joyfully danced with the Torahs to the synagogue’s main sanctuary.

The guests were then invited to a festive dinner, which was emceed by the Director of Moscow’s Jewish Community Rabbi Mordechai Weisberg. A special certificate of appreciation was presented to the generous benefactor, and it was noted that the first scroll’s writing began with the start of Covid, and the second scroll was begun at the Bar Mitzva of the benefactor’s son.

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