Neil H. Yerman

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Working with Reform, Conservative, and Unaffiliated Congregations

Original Art for Individuals and Organizations

Mending History
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

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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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Wonderful News!

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 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 or contact the Trust through their Web site:

Sofer Neil Yerman in the News

Neil Yerman on Radio

Members of the Congregation
Help Restore Torah

Left: Sofer Neil H. Yerman and Jacob add a letter to a Torah that was being restored after it was damaged in the Holocaust.

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Links to Related Sites

Wedding Rabbi (
Jewish wedding officiant, Rabbi Jo David, creates meaningful weddings and commitment ceremonies for Jewish and interfaith couples.

Rabbi Jo David (
Working with interfaith and multi-cultural couples and families, and meeting the needs of those who do not fit the “traditional” Jewish mold.

The Reform Jewish Community of Hamelin, Germany (
Jüdische Gemeinde Hameln, founded in 1997, is the first organized Jewish community to be established in Hamlin since the Holocaust.

Jewish Center of the Hamptons (

Torah Cover Designs, by Corinne Soikin Strauss (

Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, New York (

Sofer Neil H. Yerman
In Residence at Sinai Free Synagogue
550 North Columbus Avenue
Mt. Vernon, NY 10552

Cell and text: 914-552-7211

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