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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.
Terrific Experience at the RA Convention in Baltimore
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Current Client Communities
Wise Journey 150 and 175 year anniversaries
The writing of two new Sifrei Torah with congregational participation, facilitated by Sofer Neil Yerman
Isaac Mayer Wise Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Plum Street Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrates: The Torah Writing Project
Temple Avodah, Oceanside, Long Island, New York
Watch Sofer Neil Yerman work with one of our very young children and a small group of our teens in explaining the purpose of enhancing our Torah with crowns, the meaning of the seven letters that can be adorned and then watch as two of our kids actually draw the crowns in the Torah we use every week.
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After a very thorough vetting process under the new rules of the Memorial Scrolls Trust, I am now an authorized scribe and am permitted to work on Czechoslovakian Memorial Scrolls. My name will shortly be added to the MST Web site. See MST Friends at www.memorialscrollstrust.org/scribes-authorised. There are new guidelines for congregations that wish to have work done on the Memorial Scrolls they are holding in trust. For information, call me at 914-552-7211, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Trust through their Web site: www.memorialscrollstrust.org/contact-the-trust.
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.