A parade was held in Borehamwood on Sunday to celebrate a new Torah dedicated in memory of the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

Hundreds of people from the Jewish community were involved as the procession made its way through the town centre to the Jewish Life Centre in Shenley Road.

The Unity Torah project has been more than a year in the making and it has seen a new Torah - the compilation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible - handwritten in memory of Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Sunday's event saw the street filled by the community with entertainment including dancing, a horse and carriage, facepainting, food and drink.

Borehamwood Times: Credit: Leivi Saltman PhotographyCredit: Leivi Saltman Photography

The Jewish Life Centre posted on Facebook: "What an incredible vibe going through Elstree and Borehamwood. An amazing procession with dancing, singing and lots of joy and happiness.

"It is amazing to see all those that came together to be part of this beautiful completion of the Unity Torah."

Borehamwood Times: Credit: Leivi Saltman Photography Credit: Leivi Saltman Photography

The late Rabbi Sacks' wife Elaine was joined by her son at the centre to witness the final letters of the Unity Torah being written. Rabbi Alan Plancey, from Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue and a councillor in Borehamwood, also attended and shared some words.

The project was initiated by Dovid and Leah Mitz following Dovid’s recovery from Covid-19 in March 2020. After hearing of her husband’s grave condition, Leah made an oath that, if his condition were to improve, she would initiate a Torah project for the entire community in merit of his survival.