The Jewish community of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, welcomed its first permanent Torah scroll, gathering at the Chabad-Lubavitch center opened four years ago by Rabbi Menachem and Rachel Hartman to dance and celebrate the ritual object’s arrival.

After learning that the center had been using borrowed scrolls for some time, Adam and Malka Shladov decided to donate a Torah in memory of Adam Shladov’s parents who perished in the Holocaust.

Featuring a traditional series of circular processions known as hakafot, the celebration concluded with a festive meal.


Rabbi Menachem Hartman, left, director of Chabad of Vietnam, presides over a Torah dedication ceremony at his Ho Chi Minh City home and center.


Opened four years ago by Menachem and Rachel Hartman, the Chabad House had been using borrowed Torah scrolls.


The new Torah scroll, donated by Adam and Malka Shladov, was welcomed with a traditional series of circular processions known as hakafot.


Guests included visitors who flew in for the occasion.


Adam and Malka Shladov donated the scroll in memory of Adam Shladov’s parents who perished in the Holocaust.


Menachem Hartman dances with the new scroll.