Volume 18 • Issue 20 | October 07 - 13, 2005

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Holy book finished

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, right, inscribed a lamed, the last letter in a new Torah at a ceremony across the street from the World Trade Center site last week, before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. The Torah will be for the Soho Synagogue, which Rabbi Dovi Scheiner hopes to open within the next few years at an undetermined site. At left, is scriber Chilik Winfeld, who wrote almost all of the books 300,000 letters. Mayor Mike Bloomberg scribed the book’s first letter. The ceremony, which honored those people killed at the W.T.C., was held in the Liberty St. apartment of Daniel and Sonia Kaner and also drew Stefan Pryor, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and architect Frederic Schwartz, who designed the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.


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