On March, 21 in the Building of the Nizhny Novgorod Synagogue There Was a Grandiose Event Timed to Bringing a New Scroll of Torah Gifted for our Community by Yury Vasilyev
// 25.03.2010

On Sunday, March 21, in the prayer hall of the Nizhny Novgorod synagogue there was a grandiose event dedicated Achnasat Sefer Torah, bringing a new scroll of Torah.

Quite recently about a year ago in our city there already was such event. That time a new scroll of Torah was brought first for one hundred year, and in that case nobody even could suppose that less than in a year so significant event for the community would be possible again. But it took place. Mr. Yuri Vasilyev gifted the new scroll in memory of his father of Alexey Yu. Vasilyev (Notkin). Let his soul be in the Gan-Eden!

At the time fixed guests started to assemble in the prayer hall of the synagogue decorated in honor of the festival. To the right of Aron Kodesh (a special case to keep scrolls of Torah) there towers a Chupah (a marriage canopy); lighting the case itself with scrolls of Torah created the atmosphere of the party unforgettable.

Such grandiose event could not be insignificant for Nizhny Novgorod media. For the festival there arrived reporters and cameramen of Nizhny Novgorod branches of central TV channels.

In the beginning of the festival there appeared various art groups. Especially for this event they invited guests from Moscow and Israel. Students of the religious school of Shvidler for boys who had come from the capital shows their qualification of playing drums and brass cymbals having carried away the present persons by their talent. Singers of the choir of the school of “Or Avner” displayed their vocal abilities for all guests of the party, and the musical group of “Shlyager” (Israel) of the accompanist of Aaron Lipsker and the soloist of Yoni Berger rejoiced hearts of all the spectators having sung songs known for everyone in Yiddish and Hebrew.

At the same time all those who so has desired had an opportunity of refreshing at tables specially laid and of mixing barely one with another.

While on the stage there were appearing performers with their music-hall turns aside on a special eminence a sefer (a copyist of sacred texts) who has came from Moscow was finishing writing the latest letters of the scroll of Torah. The honor to be called for writing the latest letters of the scroll of Torah was given to representatives of communities of Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir and Moscow and also to other guests of the celebration. Writing one of such letters was sacred to the memory of the inhabitant of Nizhny Novgorod of Semyon (Shimon) Shvidler who had perished this year. Let his soul be in the Gan-Eden.

Until all letters of the scroll of Torah were written totally it was not suitable for its direct destination i.e. for reciting week sections of Torah on weekdays, Saturday and holidays as the Jewish Law requires.

While the sefer was finishing writing the scroll of Torah the Rabbi of Shimon Bergman and the President of the Nizhny Novgorod Community of Eduard M. Chaprak voiced their gratitude and handed a testimonial letter to Yury Vasilyev. It should also like to mention that to this event Yuri Vasilyev didn’t come alone but with his mom of Mrs. Vasilyeva and daughter.

By Zhanna Maslova

To see the video record of bringing the scroll of Torah shown on the TV channel of “Vesti” click here.

"Translated by Mark Gart". e-mail:

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