The Torah being donated by Temple Israel was first offered to the U.S. Navy about three years ago, when a national call went out for a Torah for the chapel aboard the USS Reagan. But another synagogue answered the call first. Several months later, [the Rabbi] got a call from the chaplain aboard the Eisenhower, asking for the Torah.
In January, a contingent from the Reform congregation will travel by bus to deliver the Torah to the aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Va. They will attend a dedication service, have lunch with the captain and tour the aircraft carrier, which is one of the largest warships in the world.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 9, 2006.