Gala Parade Escorts Two Torah Scrolls To New Home at F.R.E.E.

Sunday, October 24, 2004, Two Torah scrolls kept hidden through the years of communist rule in Russia, were restored to be used at their new home. A gala procession escorted the precious Torah scrolls through the Russian community of Brighton Beach to the F.R.E.E. Synagogue at 2915 Brighton 6 Street.

The parade began at Coney Island and Brighton Beach Avenues. Borough President Marty Markowitz, presented F.R.E.E with a Proclamation, proclaiming Sunday October 24, 2004, “Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, Torah Ceremony Day in Brooklyn, USA”.

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Click here to read the Proclamation issued by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, proclaiming Sunday October 24, 2004 "Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, Torah Ceremony Day in Brooklyn, USA".

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Councilman Michael Nelson

Curtis Sliwa

Bringing Mayor's Blessing

Rabbi David B. Hollendar, Spiritual leader of the F.R.E.E. Hebrew Alliance Synagogue in Brighton Beach

Rabbi H. Okunov and Curtis Sliwa

Mr. Davidov, Journalist Ari Kagan (Forward), Councilman Michael Nelson

Rabbi Okunov, Brooklyn Borough President Marty  Markowitz, Rabbi Butman

Proclamation

Mrs. Shuster, who donated the Sefer Torah, and  member of the Assembly of the State of New York Adel Cohen

Show group M-Generation with C. Sliwa and the angels

M-Generation performing at the celebration

M-Generation performing  in front of the crowd

Part of the Crowd of Russian Jews listen to Curtis Sliwa of WABC radio

Press

Councilman Michael  Nelson and Rabbi Dovid Okunov

L>R: Rabbi Hirsh Okunov Vice President of FREE, Rabbi Mayer Okunov Chairman of FREE, Rabbi Yosef Y. Okunov Program_Director

A time for celebration

Rabbi M. Winner Director of the Brighton Beach community Council, Rabbi Mayer Okunov Chairman of FREE

Rabbi Butman, Rabbi Yosef Okunov, Mrs. Shuster

Time for celebration

 L-R Renown Brighton Beach Rabbis Favel Rimlir and Sholom M. Simpson

Rabbi  Mayer Okunov

Members of The Brighton 6 synagogue

Reb Iona Gorin

NYPD Honor the Parade

Time for celebration

L>R: Reb N. Bogatin Rabbi David B. Hollander (center) Mr. Isaac Lieberman

The Torahs entering the FREE Synagogue of Brighton Beach

Mr. Davidov, who donated the Sefer Torah, entering the shul at Brighton 6 St

Rabbi Hirsh Okunov and Mr. Davidov

Cantor

Rabbi Hirsh Okunov, Rabbi Mayer Okunov

L>R: Rabbi  Yosef Okunov , Ari Kagan  Forward reporter

Rabbi Mayer Okunov,  Reb N. Bogatin Rabbi David B. Hollander

Mrs. Shuster, Rebetzen Okunov,  Rabbi Yosef Y. Okunov

 

 
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