by Pat Arnow and Yori Yanover
For the first time in many decades, the Young Israel synagogue at 229 East Broadway is taking into its holy ark a brand-new Torah scroll, written especially for its congregation. The project was sponsored by the Young Israel Synagogue of Manhattan Sisterhood. The ceremony began Sunday morning, at the community room of Amalgamated Housing, 504 Grand Street, where local Jews observed a scribe completing the writing of the scroll, and a few dignitaries got to add one letter each. Then the complete scroll was carried in a wild and raucous procession, with amazingly loud live music, on a march down Grand Street and then up East Broadway to the synagogue, which, when founded in 1912, was the very first Young Israel in America.