UA To Restore 200 Year Old Torah Scroll
On February 10-11, 2015, the UA's Arizona Center for Judaic Studies is bringing an expert scribe to campus to resume work on the restoration of its 200-year-old Torah scroll. A Torah is a parchment scroll containing the first five books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Genesis-Deuteronomy), which is handwritten using a quill and specially prepared ink. The Judaic Studies scroll was gifted to Judaic Studies by an anonymous donor and acquired in 2009 by Prof. Beth Alpert Nakhai. It is thought to be nearly 200 years old, originally used by a European Sephardic Jewish community, perhaps from northern Italy. It survived World War II, travelled to Israel and eventually to Tucson, and is the first and only Torah owned by The University of Arizona.
Rabbi Gedaliah Druin is a master sofer (scribe), who travels the world to repair Torah scrolls. His work will build on that of Rabbi Yochanan Salazar, who spent a day last February working on the Torah and teaching members of the UA and Tucson community about Torah scrolls and their restoration. The process was fascinating to witness – and we once again invite UA students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Tucson community, to come and watch.
Rabbi Druin will be at the UA Hillel Foundation (corner of Mountain Ave. and Second St.), working on the Torah from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM on February 10th-11th. You are invited to stop by and observe the restoration. Rabbi Druin will speak informally about Torah scrolls and their restoration on Tues., Feb. 10th at 12:30 and on Wed., Feb. 11th at 12:00. All are invited.
The Judaic Studies Torah Restoration Project is made possible thanks to generous donations by Matthew and Julie Harelson, and by the Thomas and Sara Borin Foundation.
For further information, contact John Winchester, Outreach Coordinator, Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (520-626-5759; firstname.lastname@example.org).