Hundreds celebrate new Torah at Fountainview
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Hundreds celebrate new Torah at Fountainview

Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz  marched it through the lobby in celebration. (Courtesy FountainView)
Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz marched it through the lobby in celebration. (Courtesy FountainView)

More than 300 people gathered to celebrate the completion of a sefer Torah at FountainView at College Road, Rockland County’s premier retirement community. The Torah was a gift from the Sperling family in memory of Paul and Helen Sperling, who lived at FountainView. The Sperlings were married for 72 years, and Paul lived to be 100.

The community’s senior residents, staff and family, local residents, and children from Yeshiva of Spring Valley, who carried flags commemorating the occasion, joined in the celebration. The festivities included Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz writing the final letters in the Torah, marching in the lobby accompanied by the Yedidim Choir, a procession, dancing outside the community entrance, and a concluding ceremony in the community’s town hall.

To celebrate the completion of the sefer Torah at FountainView, Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz wrote the final letters in the Torah. (Courtesy FountainView)
To celebrate the completion of the sefer Torah at FountainView, Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz wrote the final letters in the Torah. (Courtesy FountainView)

Rochelle Graubard, the Sperlings’ daughter, talked about the inspiring life her parents had at FountainView. She said that her parents came on a trial basis and were impressed with the service, the well-kept grounds, the pool, and even more importantly, with the exceptional staff at the community, who treated them with dignity and respect. In particular, her father enjoyed daily prayer services in the shul on premises. The family felt the Torah was the most fitting way to remember them.

The Hashnosas Sefer Torah ceremony fell the day after Paul Sperling’s Hebrew birthday. It honored the couple for the love they had for their fellow Jews and their dedication to Yiddishkeit.

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