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Ira Boykansky with Rabbi Yerachmiel Rabin, who is chaplain at Danto.
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Cantor Daniel Gale of Temple Beth
Israel in Bay City. "The Tri-Cities
Jewish Communities donated the Sefer
Torah to the Danto home."
But when the Torah arrived, it was in
need of $3,000 worth of restoration
work as well as a new cover. The costs
were all donated in honor of Boykansky.
"When he heard it was being dedicated
in his honor, he beamed from ear to ear,"
Rabbi Rabin says. "The one thing he
asked was that the Torah have the names
of his parents on the cover because of his
tremendous love for them."
Boykansky chose the design,' style
and blue color of the velvet Torah
cover, which reads: "In loving memory
of Harry and Fannie Boykansky."
"The Torah is a beautiful bridging
of generations to something that is
eternal," Rabbi Rabin says.
"The first time I saw the Torah, I
was overjoyed," Boykansky says.
"Especially because it had my parents'
names on it. I almost cried."
Colleen Higgins, assistant adminis-
trator at Danto, says, "He is very
proud of the Torah. It is so nice to see
a smile on his face."
Although the Torah has been used
on Shabbat since its official dedication
last winter, this is the first Rosh
Hashanah it will be read at Danto.
"Right now, we take the Torah out on
Shabbos and on Monday afternoons,
when we sing shul songs and everybody
•is given change to put in the pushke
[charity box]," Rabbi Rabin says.
"We carry it around and Ira is
always there, and he lovingly kisses
and cherishes the Torah. The Torah
gave him a new lease on life."
Tony Abela, Danto administrator,
sees the new Torah as having "truly
made a difference in Ira's life. The
opportunity for the Torah to be dedi-
cated on behalf of Ira helped him to
be more comfortable that he is _very
much a part of the Jewish faith,"
Abela says. "With the Torah, he can be
reminded on a daily basis."
For Boykansky, the dedication of the
Torah in his honor is one more step in
his immersion within the Detroit
"His life and his spirit are so a part
of this Jewish community," Sandra
Boykansky says. "And I've always been
in awe of how wonderful the Jewish
community has been to him."
Says Ira Boykansky, "I am very, very
happy the Torah is here. I can't wait
for the Torah be used on Rosh