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Torah dedicated in Ukraine

A Reform congregation in Ukraine dedicated a new Torah scroll. The group in Feodosia, in the Crimea region, dedicated the scroll May 3. The Torah was donated by the U.S.-based Save a Torah foundation, which rescues Holocaust-era scrolls from Europe, and restores and distributes them to needy congregations around the world. Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, head of Ukraine’s Reform, or Progressive community, says it is noteworthy that an Orthodox organization like Save a Torah was giving a Torah scroll to a Reform congregation. Ukraine’s approximately 40 Reform congregations own 12 Torah scrolls; five are in Crimea. Four more Torahs will be given to Ukrainian Reform congregations this week by a visiting delegation of Project Kesher, a joint American-FSU Jewish women’s activist organization.