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Celebration planned for Chabad Jewish Center’s Torah dedication

New scroll being written by scribe

May 30, 2014
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

While publishers can knock out millions of copies with dozens of new titles a week, crafting a single torah scroll takes over a year to complete.

What's the holdup?

Computerized printing presses make printing a cinch, although the results sometimes have errors. However, timeless dictums hold for a certified Torah scribe and everything from the character of the scribe to the quality of the parchment and type of ink are taken into account.

Furthermore, each of the 304,808 letters and notations must be scripted to perfection. The slightest error voids the entire 54-portion parchment.

Through the generosity of the local community, for the very first time, a community Torah is being written for the Chabad Jewish Center in Cape Coral.

This special Torah will be completed here in Cape Coral Sunday, June 1, 3:30 p.m.

Fact Box

If you go

What: A Torah Dedication Ceremony and


When: Sunday, June 1, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Chabad Jewish Center 1716 Cape

Coral Parkway, W., in Cape Coral.

Information: 239-541 -1777 or visit

To celebrate the occasion, the community is invited to come out and welcome Chabad's new Sefer Torah with a completion and dedication ceremony.

Participants will have the opportunity to fill in a letter of the Torah, alongside the scribe during the completion ceremony which will be held at the Chabad Jewish Center, 1716 Cape Coral Parkway, W., in Cape Coral.

Jewish tradition says that a new Torah is to be welcomed into a community just as one welcomes a bride and groom. Accordingly, celebrations will continue with a grand parade featuring the new Torah under a "Chupa" wedding canopy. The streets will come alive with the sounds of music and rejoicing. Upon returning to the Chabad Center, as a show of respect and honor, the current Torah Scrolls will be taken out of the ark to greet the new Torah.

Desserts and a buffet dinner will be served and a children's program with games and crafts will take place alongside the festivities.

Men, women and children are invited to partake in this momentous celebration. The event is free of charge.

For more information, contact Rabbi Yossi Labkowski at 239-541 -1777 or visit



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