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Glaubers remembered: Hasidic community hopes to honor Brooklyn family with religious scroll
As the relatives of a Brooklyn family killed by a hit-and-run driver earlier this week continue to mourn from Monsey to Williamsburg, members of the Orthodox Jewish community have launched a fundraiser to buy a $40,000 Sefer Torah scroll in the victims' names.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were on their way to the hospital early Sunday when Raizy -- who was six months pregnant -- began experiencing pain and discomfort. A BMW going 60 mph -- allegedly driven by Julio Acevedo, 44 -- slammed into the couple's cab, killing them both. Their premature baby ultimately died the next day.
"The couple’s family and friends have vowed to perpetuate their young, yet rich, lives via the writing of a brand new Sefer Torah to be used and celebrated with in their eternal memory," the site, nachmanandraizy.com reads. "They will never have the chance to raise their child or build a family of their own, but we, members of Klal Yisroel will ensure that the legacy of this young couple is not forgotten or lost."
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Although donations are accepted in any denomination, certain amounts, ranging from $180 to $5,000 could go toward a specific part of the Torah of the donor's choice.
Rabbi Mayer Berger, who runs Chesed Shel Emes -- a group that helps Jewish families with funeral services after a death -- has provided the Glauber family with shiva supplies during their mourning period, including Torah scrolls and prayer books. He is involved in the Sefer Torah process for Leiby Kletzky, an 8-year-old boy who was killed in Brooklyn in 2011.
"It's a very important thing for the family to have," said Berger. "It means a lot to the family. It's a big deal in the community to have this done and to remember someone by."
The process may take up to a year to complete and is usually done by trained scribes in Israel. The fundraising site says the campaign is endorsed by many community leaders including Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Moskowitz, director of Tomchei Shabbos.
"One of the most prestigious accomplishments for a person in the Jewish community to do is to write a Torah scroll," said Yossi Gestetner, a member of the Rockland Hasidic community with knowledge of the project. "They write it in memory of somebody special and then when it's finished, when it done, you make a huge event; everybody comes together and dances in the street with music. Then they have a great meal to remember this person and honor them."