A very special event will take place in our community this Sunday, June 26, when a new Torah scroll, written in Israel in memory of Norman and Evelyn Potechin, will be dedicated at Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad (OTC).
The scroll will be the centerpiece of OTC, the recently built synagogue at 111 Lamplighters Drive in Barrhaven. A Torah scroll is hand-written by a scribe on parchment according to Jewish law. The Torah consists of the Five Books of Moses and is the holiest Jewish religious object.
At 10:45 am, the ceremony will begin with a scribe filling in the last letters in the Torah. Following greetings from dignitaries and special guests, we will parade joyously outdoors with the new Torah under a canopy with music, dedicating it to the synagogue according to the Jewish tradition. Community leaders, rabbis and a large crowd of our community are expected to be on hand.
Watching the scribe write in the last few letters of a new Torah is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and should not be missed. The entire community is invited to this very special event. The festivities are free and open to the whole community, adults and children alike, regardless of background or affiliation. Special activities are planned for the children including “Make Your Plush Torah.” Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit www.theOTC.org.