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Torah scroll dedicated for prison inmates

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NEW YORK (JTA) — A Jewish group dedicated a Torah scroll that will be taken to Jewish inmates throughout the United States.

The Aleph Institute dedicated the scroll last weekend at the Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown in West Virginia, the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle reported.

The scroll will stay at the Morgantown institution and travel to federal prisons where Jewish inmates are incarcerated.

"I’m almost certain this is the first time an event like this has taken place in a federal or state prison,” Rabbi Aaron Lipskar, executive director of Aleph, who attended the event, told the Chronicle.

The Aleph Institute provides religious services and aid to Jewish inmates and their families.

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