Lutowisker Synagogue Hosts Torah-Giving Parade on Grand Street

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 at 10:23 am by

Parts of Grand and Delancey streets were closed on Sunday evening for a large procession of blaring music and ecstatic dancing in the streets (not Martha and the Vandellas, though). The celebration was led by various neighborhood rabbis in honor of the donation of a new Torah scroll to the Lutowisker Synagogue at 262 Delancey Street.

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Police directed traffic around the large gathering of onlookers, dancing congregants, and live music float. The procession started on Willet Street and moved down Grand to Lewis, before eventually settling outside of the Lutowisker at the corner of Delancey and Columbia. Curiosity led us to join up with the parade for a bit, and eventually we danced the hora with a few strangers.

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The entire event was spearheaded by the fundraising and organizational efforts of local resident Chaim Adler, 22, who started the drive four years ago as a tribute to his late grandfather.

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The Jewish tradition of communal celebration over a new Torah scroll dates back over a thousand years, to the period of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is said that revered ancient leader King David would feverishly dance (rave, perhaps?) in front of the procession. (Thanks, 12 years of hebrew school  Wikipedia!)

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Written by Benjy Tocker

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