RCD's new Torah was officially dedicated in a ceremony held in September. We gathered to see the Torah presented in honor of Matthew Schenk, RCD's first president, for all the work he has done on behalf of RCD. We expressed our gratitude to Judge Avern Cohn for his support of this project, as well as all the donors who made the purhase of the Torah possible. The Sofer, Rabbi Levi Kagan, blessed the Torah and provided a brief history of its origins. As a group we re-dedicated ourselves to basic Torah values: love God and love your neighbor as yourself. We then carried the Torah to our synagogue and installed in the Ark. Members of Christ Church (where our synagogue has space) were on hand to observe this portion of our ceremony. We then gathered with members of Christ Church for a dicussion of religious tolerance and acceptance, particularly in the context of the tragic events of 9/11. It was a milestone day for our small group, and we are looking forward to using our new Torah for our Rosh Hashanah services on Sept. 29th and 30th. We also look forward to our continued fellowship with members of Christ Church, where we have been made to feel most welcome.