A Sefer Torah rescued from Lithuania was permanently placed on the US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman. The carrier is one of the few Navy vessels to have its own Sefer Torah. Few ships are large enough to need one, said Sam Werbel, an organizer of a dedication ceremony Sunday attended by 500 community members and dignitaries. The audience included Holocaust survivors.
Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended Sunday’s dedication. He said Truman’s namesake carrier was a fitting home for a Torah that would help service members “grow in their appreciation of our Jewish faith.”