LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will launch the Chabad Torah at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23 with an inaugural event in conjunction with the Chabad Annual Gala Auction and Cocktail Party at the Fete Catering and Polo Grill Ballroom.
A Sofer scribe will supervise Chabad Jewish community members as they inscribe the first few lines of the Torah in accordance with Jewish custom.
Writing a Torah specifically for the Chabad Jewish community celebrates unity and solidarity. This year's theme is "Unite for Chabad."
Gourmet kosher buffet dinner and desserts will be served, more than 75 prizes will be up for silent and live auctions, and attendees will be entertained by master hypnotist Richard Barker.
"The idea that this is the word of God becoming real when the pen hits the paper, it's like heaven touching Earth," said Rabbi Mendy Bukiet director of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch. "We take a physical piece of parchment and make it divine."
"I'm excited to be part of an event, where so many Jews from different walks of life will come together to celebrate Jewish unity," said Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. "Our goal is to get every single Jewish man, woman and child in the area involved in this momentous project. The unifying force generated by a project like the Chabad Torah is truly awesome".
Chabad plans another communitywide event in conjunction with the Chabad Torah in October upon completion of the Torah. The Sofer scribe will come to Lakewood Ranch to conclude the Torah and to exhibit its progress
Information: chabadofbradenton.com or Chabadauction.net.