Cherkassy, Ukraine

When Sheri Sandler (L) took her daughter, Eva (R) to Ukraine  14 years ago on a mother-daughter trip organized by Project  Kesher, they were part of a discussion on what makes a home  Jewish when there is a total absence of Jewish objects. “No  candlesticks, kiddush cups, mezuzahs, dancing rabbis and the  like,” comments Sandler. At a Shabbat in the woods, when a  partial Torah scroll was presented for use during the service,  “I asked if it would be okay to have it restored for the community.”  The Cherkassy Jews entrusted them with the object  that had been the centerpiece of their religious activity, and  the Sandlers restored the Torah scroll, adding a cover embroidered  with the Hebrew in the feminine.

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