Torah Restoration Project

Project Purpose:

The Torah Restoration Project will evaluate all Emanuel Sifrei Torah (scrolls), to ensure those utilized meet halachic (Jewish religious law) standards for kashrut (suitable for use) and decrease our Torah inventory through partnerships with underserved communities.

Project Goals:

  • Raise $150,000 to clean, restore and repair selected scrolls and support synagogue operations.

  • Pair fundraising opportunities with educational events for all Emanuel families.

  • Provide members opportunities for ‘up close’ interactions with the Torah for knowledge and spiritual gain.

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Attention Families: Get involved!

Sponsorship opportunities at every level

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Upcoming Events:

Side by Side with the Scribe

Dates / times Sofer Hale will be at The Emanuel scribing in the Torah are listed below.

Sun Mar 3, 10 am – 4 pm

Sun Mar 31, 10 am – 4 pm

Wed May 15, 4 pm – 8 pm

Thur May 23, 4 pm – 8 pm

Please email Randie Fierberg to sign up for a slot.

When emailing, please specify your choice of day and time availability and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

You may reserve a session for yourself, your family or participate with a larger group of family/friends; please designate one person from your family or group to contact Randie to schedule please include all participant names.

  • Siyyum- Completion Ceremony
    Sunday, June 9, – Details TBA

Torah Roll Out Memories

Pictures & Testimonials - Simchat Torah 10/7/23

We Love Our Torahs!

About Rabbi Kevin Hale

Rabbi Kevin Hale is a trained Sofer STaM, Torah scribe. His work focuses on evaluating and restoring Sifrei Torah, as well as writing and teaching about our sacred scribal traditions. An engaging teacher and speaker, Hale brings his passion about Torah and sacred traditions to congregations, chavurot, and schools, igniting interest among young children, teens and adults.

The 613th commandment to write a Torah is addressed to all Jewish people. As a dynamic leader and teacher, Rabbi Hale draws in people of all ages and backgrounds, to activate within each of us our potential as Torah scribes, attuning our eyes, hands and hearts to this most essential but often unknown mitzvah.

What is a Sofer?

A sofer (Hebrew for “scribe”) is specially trained to write the holy texts onto parchment using the traditional form of Hebrew calligraphy. A sofer is also responsible to ensure existing texts are properly written and have not been damaged over time.

Also referred to as a sofer STaM (Sefer Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzah), referring to the three sacred items a sofer writes most often. Sofers may also write Megillah scrolls used on Purim, and specialized documents such as a get for a Jewish divorce.