New Sefer Torah Completed in Honor of Kazi Benjamin

On Sunday, August 25, hundreds of members of the Crown Heights community gathered to mark two years since the untimely passing of Kazi (Kasriel) Benjamin, OBM.

It was a bittersweet event, as friends and relatives remembered Kazi’s warm smile and good deeds, while celebrating the completion of new Sefer Torah, which was commissioned in Kazi’s memory by the members of Itchke’s Shtiebel.

The Sefer Torah was completed at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, with hundreds of community members joining the Sofer to write the last letters of Parshas V’zos Habracha.

A joyous procession then followed the new Torah down Albany Ave. toward Maple St., arriving at Itchke’s Shtiebel, where a lively Hakafos and lavish Seudas Mitzvah took place.

Crowd-funding the Torah

After almost 2 years of trying the old fashioned way (with appeals and mailings) to raise the $35,000 needed to write a new Torah scroll and only getting about half-way to the goal, the congregants of Itchke’s Shtiebel decided to try something new.


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