Help us maintain our only Torah in good health!

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Or ’Ammim in Bologna, Italy is the only Jewish progressive community in the region. Founded in 2018, Or ‘Ammim was created out of the desire to build an inclusive and welcoming community based on the principal of reform Judaism, thereby offering Jews an alternative choice. We only rely on membership dues and donations as Jewish progressive communities in Italy are not recognized by the State and therefore do not receive any financial aid.

It is presently a member of the FIEP, the Italian Federation for Progressive Judaism, which is a member of EUPJ (European Union for Progressive Judaism).

Our present Torah was donated to us during summer 2022 by the Ohev Beth Sholom community in Youngstown, Ohio (USA).
As a small community with no rabbi, we are nevertheless able to have services on Shabbat and main festivals, thanks to our two lay leaders. Our Torah, which is the only one we have, is read during all services. It’s a real joy for our community to read from it and learn.As time goes by and as we extensively use it, we are preoccupied by maintaining it in good state. We met a rabbi in Israel who is a sofer and he is willing to come to check its status. Therefore, we call on your generosity to finance the rabbi’s trip to Bologna and study the status of our Torah, the only possession we have. 

Our Torah is our treasure: keeping it “safe” is a mitzvah you can contribute to achieve together with our small but vibrant community!


Our Torah’s journey:
Our Torah was one of a collection of Torah scrolls that was at congregation Ohev Beth Sholom that had an overabundance of Torah scrolls due to the merger of several congregations. As the Torah was donated to us, we received a beautiful letter from Rabbi Paula Winnig, the associate director of consulting and transition management for the Union for Reform Judaism and from Rabbi Courtney Berman from the congregation Ohev Beth Shalom. The Torah left Ohio for New York and was then taken by Rabbi Sergio Bergman, the present WUPJ president, who took it to Tel Aviv where he met our president Carmen Dal Monte who brought it to Italy.

 

 

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"Muriel, Your dedication is remarkable. Best, Max"
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"May the teachings of Torah enlighten all and bring love and peace to all humanity."
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Alice and Larry Jacobs
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Josh Jacobs
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"Helping a small progressive community in Europe is an important mitzvah!"
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Help us maintain our only Torah in good health!

$3,103   raised
GOAL: $5,000

13 days to go

20

 Donors

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Jewish Progressive Community of Bologna, Or 'Ammim (Italy)
, Italy

The Jewish progressive community Or ’Ammim in Bologna, Italy was founded in 2018. It is presently a member of the FIEP, Federazione Italiana dell’Ebraismo Progressivo (Italian federation of progressive Judaism), which is a member of EUPJ and WUPJ. We are a community of 70 people. We do not have a synagogue, but we usually meet in a room in a public library for our services and rent a venue for the Moadim. Our small community was named Or ’Ammim in memory of Rabbi Ovadyah Sforno, who lived 500 years ago in Bologna. In 1537 the press of the Friends of the Art of Silk published in Hebrew and in Latin Sforno's volume Or 'Ammim ("Light of the People"), a work that fearlessly explores the relationship between scholastic philosophy and Biblical revelation.

  • Entry level
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    Be part of the project with a small breakfast during the expert's stay!

  • Beginner
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    Help contribute to pay for a typical Italian dinner for the expert!

  • Advanced
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    Help contribute to the payment of part of the flight cost for our expert! You will get a key holder with Or 'Ammim's logo

  • Professional
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    Help contribute to the payment of the expert's professional time! You will get a key holder and a cup with Or 'Ammim's logo. If you come to Bologna, we will warmly welcome you in our community and give you the honor to an aliya to sefer.

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    Your name will be written on the mantel which protects our Torah.

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