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Artist and Sofer Neil Yerman talks about restoring a Holocaust Torah scroll
and the connection he feels to those who did not survive.
Film program at the School of Communication, American University, Washington, DC
Meet the Sofer
Neil Yerman is a sofer a person who writes and restores Torah scrolls. In English, the Hebrew word sofer is translated as scribe. To become a sofer, a Jewish person must master the art of Hebrew calligraphy, document restoration, and the many rules and traditions governing the writing and restoring of a Torah. In addition, a sofer must lead a religious life.
Meet the Artist
Sofer Yerman is also an artist who specializes in creating one-of-a-kind illustrated documents for life cycle events, creating ketubot for weddings, scrolls for bar and bat mitzvah, and illustrated family trees.
Three Scribes: Friends in Art: Neil Yerman, Karen Gorst, and Mohamed Zakariya Jewish, Chistian, and Muslim calligraphers collaborated, dialogued togeher, and created a unique work of art at the JCC of Schenectady, New York, on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Open PDF flyer.
Write For Yourselves (www.writeforyourselves.com) a documentary about the Torah: Write For Yourselves focuses on the process of creating a Torah scroll so that its words are accurately preserved from generation to generation.