Program on Repair of Torah Scrolls August 18

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association invite all to a special program. The B’nai Zion Congregation is having their Torah scrolls, which were penned by hand more than a hundred years ago, repaired.  The Torah is the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures or to Christians: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Penning the Hebrew text by hand onto parchment is both an art and science and must follow dozens of laws on how the scrolls should be written, maintained, and disposed of.

  Jews trace this tradition back to Moses.  

Rabbi Yochanan Salazar is a master Sofer (scribe), educator, and lecturer.  Born in Ecuador, South America, he moved to the US as a teen.  Rabbi Salazar received his rabbinic ordination in 2004 and received his ordination as a Sofer in 2005.  With his expert and gifted talent for precise and accurate Torah repair work, he now heads the Torah Restoration Department of Sofer On Site.  He often travels around the country restoring Torahs and educating communities on the proper techniques of Torah Care.

Come see the Sofer work on the Torah and learn about this ancient art.  The program is open to the public and will be on Tuesday, August 18, from 4:30 - 6:30pm.  The location is the B’nai Zion Congregation, 114 McBrien Road, Chattanooga. 

If you would like more information about this event, please contact the CAHA at

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