The USS Gerald R. Ford is the United States Navy's newest aircraft carrier, launched this summer. Jacob Kamaras was a Jewish-American veteran of World War II, one of many thousands of Jews who defended America and the free world during that conflict. And now, Rich Tenorio writes at The Times of Israel, Kamaras' family has given the crew of the supercarrier a true gift in his honor - a Torah scroll that will allow them to worship while at port or on the high seas:
As Americans give thanks to their military veterans, a Torah scroll aboard the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier will honor one veteran in particular — and its dedication ceremony is among the ongoing events occurring during a centennial celebration of outreach efforts to Jewish servicemembers.
On November 29, in Norfolk, Virginia, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a signature program of JCC Association of North America, will dedicate a Torah in memory of World War II veteran Jacob Kamaras aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford.
The ceremony will honor Kamaras, who served in the Army Air Corps, as well as recognize a century of JWB’s outreach to servicemembers, which began when it was founded in 1917 as the Jewish Welfare Board, days after the US entered World War I. To celebrate its second century, JWB, in a historic partnership with the Kamaras family, created a customized Torah for the Ford.
The ceremony will take place just over two weeks after Veterans Day.
“It’s certainly appropriate timing. … It’s a significant time for our country,” said Jacob Kamaras, the grandson and namesake of the WWII veteran.
“This Torah will be an opportunity for tremendous benefit for members of the military,” said Kamaras, who never knew his grandfather...