LONG BEACH - A stream of people danced in the streets of Long Beach today to mark a rare and momentous occasion: the writing and dedication of a new Torah.

The traditional celebration was made all the more joyous by the fact that local synagogues had been so badly devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

People celebrated with a jubilant parade of sorts that stretched for nearly two miles, ending at the Bach Jewish Center on Edwards Boulevard. The synagogue sustained significant damage from the storm, and congregants say the Torah dedication symbolizes its revitalization.