In honor of our congregation’s Bar Mitzvah year, the Adventure Rabbi community commissioned the writing of a Sefer Torah. The project is now nearing completion and the Torah scroll has begun its journey from Jerusalem, Israel to Moab, Utah, where it will be presented to our congregation at our Passover Seder in Moab retreat, April 3-5, 2015.
Then, on May 3, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, the scribe will be in Boulder to help us fill in the last letters in the scroll. We will be hosting a celebration at the Boulder JCC. We decided to hold the event at the JCC so that it would be accessible to as many people as wished to join us and witness what for many people is a once in a lifetime event, the completion of a Torah.
I am not sure if another community in Boulder has commissioned the writing of a Torah, but I am confident that it is at least the first since I moved here in 2001.
This project was made possible by the 96 donations we received from people who were inspired by the idea of helping our congregation have our own parchment Torah. Some of the donations came from people we see often and others came from families whose children will read from the Torah, but many donations were made by people who are not part of our community and wish to support our work and help us reach this goal. The outpouring of financial support has been very affirming support of our style of Jewish practice.
There is still an opportunity to be part of the Parchment Torah Project. We currently have a matching grant that will match the next $4,804 of donations. Perhaps more importantly, anyone who makes a donation of $180 or more will be able to hold the scribe’s hand and fill in one of the final letters, which some say fulfills the mitzvah of writing a Torah.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit https://www.adventurerabbi.org/secure/parchment-torah.php