New Torah Dedicated at University of Florida
Over 100 students and community members joined a musical procession Sunday in Gainesville, Florida, to celebrate the completion of a brand-new Sefer Torah for Chabad at the University of Florida, led by Rabbi Berl Goldman.
from the Gainesville Sun:
The Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center held a Torah completion and dedication ceremony Sunday called “One People, One Torah” to mark the completion of the center’s newest Sefer Torah scroll, which was handwritten on parchment by a scribe in accordance with Jewish Law.
A procession of people followed behind the rabbis and members chosen to hold the crown-adorned Torah scrolls belonging to the Lubavitch-Chabad Center as The Klezmer Kats performed the Eastern European dance and folk music that is a staple of weddings and other Jewish celebrations.
Those holding the Torahs stood underneath a chuppah, or marriage canopy, as those gathered formed two circles around them, chained by held hands, as they spun around the canopy while singing Jewish religious songs in a celebration called hakafot.