The blog of the Roaring Fork Valley (Reform) Jewish community
77 Meadowood Drive • Aspen, CO • 81611
Rabbi David Segal and Cantor Rollin Simmons

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Write for yourself this song..." (Deut. 31:19)

"The Sofer is here, the Sofer is here!" read our ad in the Aspen Times this past summer.  Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski, a rabbi and sofer (specialized Torah scribe) in Philadelphia, came to Aspen for four days to restore and teach our community about two newly acquired Torah scrolls that were in need of some repair. We also put new Eitz Chayim (the wooden Torah rollers/handles) on our older scrolls, and had them restored as well.  Overall, it was a great experience for all ages to see this unique art of Torah scribing up close and personal.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in writing and restoring a Torah!  Actually, it's going to be twice-in-a-lifetime: we're bringing the sofer back again during ski season, so more of our community will have the opportunity to participate. (For Torah dedication and sponsorship opportunities, please be in touch with Faith Leibell, 925-8245,

Here are 15 video highlights from the sofer's visit! (Scroll down; you may see some people you know!)

Sivan, Mel, and Joshua watch the sofer at work and lend a hand

These were custom-ordered from Philadelphia!

It really involves sewing - with a needle and thread made from cow sinew!

More sewing...

Sivan and Michael, hard at work

We had a great downvalley experience with the sofer, too!

Cantor Rollin demonstrated her Hebrew-English chanting. The sofer was pleasantly surprised :o]

Ross, Aiden, Josh, and Josie lend a hand

Marian's turn, our President!

Meg and Jake participate in the mitzvah

The Lansburgh family

The art of sofrut is really quite complicated...

Sonny and Gigi Durand

Alan Bush really got the hang of the sewing!

Cantor Rollin's turn, with some help from Nina

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