On Lag Baomer, Chabad of Markham welcomed a new Sefer Torah in loving memory of Zalmy Plotkin, A”H. The event was attended by over 500 people.
After the last letter of the Torah was inscribed, a parade led by the children marched down Green Lane, accompanied by a decorated music car and a handheld chuppah under which the Torah was carried.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and MP Mary Ng joined in. The sun came out at just the right time, providing beautiful weather for the occasion.
Zalmy Plotkin, the son of shluchim Rabbi Avrohom and Mrs. Goldie Plotkin, passed away last year at the young age of 14. Zalmy played an integral role in the family’s Shlichus to Markham. In his own unique way, he was the catalyst for many people returning to Yiddishkeit. He inspired thousands to do Mitzvos both during his short life and after his passing.
After the Torah was welcomed with hakafos, dancing and flags, an emotional memorial service for Zalmy was conducted. There were riveting speeches by Mrs. Plotkin and Mendy, and a very moving audio/visual presentation was shown.
Following the service, the community celebrated Lag Baomer and the joy of the new Torah with a barbecue, bonfire and fireworks show. It was an amazing event, made memorable by the hundreds of participants and the dedicated volunteers.