Poway synagogue dedicates Torah scroll in memory of shooting victim

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POWAY, Calif. — The Chabad of Poway synagogue held a celebration for the completion of a Torah scroll Wednesday, which was dedicated to the victim of last month’s deadly shooting.

The synagogue hosted a ritual scribe to complete the scroll, mirroring the actions of the Hebrew prophet Moses 3,300 years ago. The scroll was dedicated in memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who was killed during the April 27 shooting on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

“It has been a difficult past couple of weeks for our community, and especially for the Kaye family,” said Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who lost a finger in the deadly attack. “Lori was such a kind, loving soul, and she knew everyone here, so this is really an opportunity for the community to come together and heal, and celebrate the life of a very special person who was brutally taken from us.”

After the scroll was completed, the local Jewish community celebrated by parading it through the streets under a canopy. The procession also included live music and dancing. According to the synagogue, the ceremony was an opportunity to honor Kaye’s life, the survivors of the shooting and the attack’s first responders.

The Torah, flown in from the East Coast, was donated to the Chabad of Poway by the Jaffa Family Foundation.

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