As the year 5773 begins on the Hebrew calendar, the Torah scroll commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum is beginning another year of touring the Bay Area.
After scribe Julie Seltzer completed the project in March 2011, the museum began lending the Torah — only the second written entirely by a woman — free of charge to several local synagogues, day schools and other Jewish institutions.
Elizheva Hurvich, the museum’s Jewish community liaison, said this Torah “has been touched by multiple denominations across geographical lines.”
The Torah already has been loaned to Hillel at Stanford, the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville and several congregations: Beth Am (Los Altos Hills), Temple Sinai (Oakland), Emanu-El (San Francisco), Kol Shofar (Tiburon) and Kol Emeth (Palo Alto). Hurvich said eventually the Torah will be loaned to institutions out of state.
The public can follow the Torah at www.thecjm.org (click on “Torah Tour” in the “Education” pull-down menu). The website includes a map of the Torah’s tour, instructions on how to borrow the Torah, Seltzer’s blog and information about scribing a Torah.