Richmond's new Sefer Torah Inauguration
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Thursday 20th July 2017

Richmond Synagogue, now in its 101st year, celebrated a unique occasion of the Inauguration of a new Sefer Torah to the Synagogue, the first in living memory according to longstanding members.

Donated by member Sam Freiman, a Holocaust survivor, in memory of his family who perished during the Holocaust and recently deceased wife, Sonja, the Torah was greeted with live music, dancing and lines of children.

Sam Freiman

Over 100 people packed the shul car park to participate in this joyous event.

Honoured guest speaker, Dayan Yonasan Abraham of the London Beth Din, spoke of ‘power of the Holocaust survivor to ignite and transmit the importance of the Torah to future generations’, noting how the children and adults, young and old, all danced together.

Community Rabbi, Rabbi Meir Shindler said that community members had felt a real “buzz” and sense of community spirit during the event.

L-R: Rabbi Meir Shindler, Sam Freiman, Ben Freiman and Dayan Yonosan Abraham

Chairman, Malcolm Levi hailed what he described as a ‘Landmark event for Richmond shul that will be remembered for many years to come. Many thanks to Sam Freiman for this generous gift to our community’.