Loughton Shul Welcomes Torah in Memory of Congregant

In a touching tribute to a beloved member of the Loughton Shul community led by Rabbi Yanky and Rochel Abrams, family, and friends, came together to dedicate a new Sefer Torah in memory of Lewis Lane.

In a touching tribute to a beloved member of the Loughton Shul community led by Rabbi Yanky and Rochel Abrams, family, friends, and members of the community came together on this Sunday morning, July 30, 2023, to dedicate a new Sefer Torah in memory of Lewis Lane.

Known for his unwavering love for Torah and compassionate nature, Lewis left an enduring impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

The dedication ceremony commenced at the Lane family home, where participants had the honor of completing the writing of the Torah, guided by the expert sofer Rabbi Singer from the renowned Ilford Federation Shul. The Torah, kindly donated by the Lane family alongside contributions from members of the community and friends, served as a testament to Lewis’s profound commitment to Torah values.

As the ink dried on the sacred scroll, a joyous procession began, accompanied by singing and dancing that filled the streets with warmth and celebration. The Torah, held under a chupah, symbolized the sanctity of the occasion. The presence of the police escort and CST ensured a smooth and respectful walk to the synagogue, underscoring the significance of the event.

Upon reaching the synagogue, a heartwarming sight greeted the attendees. All the other Torahs were brought out to greet the new addition, reflecting the unity and harmony that Lewis had fostered within the community. The atmosphere exuded joy, with dancing and singing resonating through the sacred space.

The hakafot, the cherished tradition of circling the bima with the Torah, took place amidst live music, elevating the spirit of the event to new heights. The children were treated to bags of sweets, adding an extra layer of delight to the festive occasion.

Certificates were presented to all those who generously contributed to the completion of the Torah, symbolizing the collective effort that went into this cherished project. The dedication of the Sefer Torah served as a beautiful representation of the love and respect the community held for Lewis Lane.

The dedication ceremony was accompanied by moving speeches, each paying tribute to the exceptional character of Lewis Lane. Stephen Lane, Lewis’s son, delivered a heartfelt speech, expressing gratitude for the decision to dedicate a Torah in his father’s memory. Rabbi Yanky spoke eloquently about Lewis’s role as a role model and how having his name on the Torah would serve as a lasting testament to his exemplary character.

The event concluded with a beautiful kiddush, organized by the wonderful events team, providing an opportunity for attendees to come together and share in a moment of reflection and celebration.

Through the dedication of this Sefer Torah, the community ensures that Lewis Lane’s legacy will continue to inspire and guide future generations. Though deeply missed, the impact of Lewis’s love for Torah, warm hospitality, and compassionate nature will forever resonate in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

As they raise a glass in his memory, the community rejoices in celebrating a life well-lived, a life dedicated to the values of Torah and love for one another. Lewis Lane’s spirit will forever shine bright, lighting the path for those who follow in his footsteps. L’chaim, to a life that continues to inspire and unite us all.

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