Two New York police horses were on special duty Sunday, guarding a parade led by devout Jews who delivered a ritual scroll to a Brooklyn synagogue -- a Torah kept hidden for a half century in the Soviet Union.
"We kept it in a closet, behind the clothes. And every week, my father carried it to the Sabbath service, then back home to hide it," said Senya Dovidov, a onetime shoe factory worker in Latvia whose late father harbored the Torah.
A Jewish bridal canopy, or chuppah, covered the 150-year-old, handmade parchment in Sunday's procession of about 1,000 people from a mammoth outdoor menorah in the Brighton Beach neighborhood.
Boys' voices singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and Russian rang through the community of mostly former Soviet Jews. Dancing and torches accompanied the Torah from Coney Island Avenue to the house of worship run by the Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe Synagogue.