“TAPESTRY OF SPIRIT” EXHIBITION

$7,951   raised
GOAL: $54,000

29 days to go

75

 Donors

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Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Torah Stitch by Stitch is a monumental collaborative textile art project

There is a teaching that it is a mitzvah/commandment for each person to study and write Torah. Internationally renowned fibre artist Temma Gentles envisioned a hand-stitched scroll large enough for people to walk among the holy words. More than 1300 stitchers of all faiths in 27 countries have each crossed-stitched 4 verses of the Torah in Hebrew and many have adorned the text with fascinating illuminations.

You can help bring this work to public view

Torah Stitch by Stitch has been invited to present “Tapestry of Spirit” in its museum debut. From June 12 to October 27, 2019 the work will be displayed at the esteemed Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto.

Occupying all 10 of the museum’s upper-level galleries, the exhibition will feature the entire books of Genesis and Exodus, along with the final third of Deuteronomy. To place the Creation theme in dialogue with the other Abrahamic faiths, the exhibit will also include selected passages from the Scriptures in Greek and the Qur’an in Arabic.

Your generosity means that . . .

You will help to showcase the artistry of a global community of stitchers, to promote cooperation and understanding, and to present the Torah and its significance to a broad public through this wonderfully vibrant medium.

This campaign will cover the costs of assembling the individual panels, crafting the display structure, insuring and conserving the artwork. It will also enable us to create educational materials as well as a 160+ page full-colour catalogue featuring the work of each stitcher that will serve as an enduring legacy of the project.

Important note: Donations made through Jewcer are tax deductible in the United States only.

More about Torah Stitch by Stitch

For more than five years, the creation of this tapestry has been a project of community engagement, education, and empowerment involving people of diverse ages, genders, and religious and cultural backgrounds. Many participants have never stitched before; most know little or no Hebrew. Each stitcher is assigned a personal coach and is encouraged to explore their verses and and respond with creative expressions and anecdotal information about their experience.

An intrepid crew of volunteers do a myriad of organizational tasks as well as stitching together the scroll by hand . . . so far amounting to almost 150,000 hours of dedication to the project. When all sections are complete (and we are over 90% there!), the assembled scroll will measure 7′ high x 300′ long. . . almost the length of a football field, and likely the largest tapestry in the world.

This remarkable project is the subject of a documentary short –“Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit” – which has won several awards at festivals throughout North America. It will run continuously during the exhibition.

Many stitchers make us aware  how much engaging in this project has meant to them . . . whether connecting with a larger community, honouring those who taught them to stitch as children, inspiring them to continue learning, even providing solace during difficult times.

“It reconnected me to Jewish culture every day and made the Torah into something new for me: a friend. A piece of history and religion I could hold in my hand, whose texture and colors were familiar and comforting to me.”— E. R. W. New Brunswick, New Jersey

“The project was an ode to women and the fiber arts as it applied to their love of the Torah.” — S. B. Jerusalem, Israel

“I tried to do work with the conscious[ness] of worshiping. When I was handling the work I was always careful to have [ritual] ablution. Because [these were] words of God, I tried to show the same respect as I show to Qur’an.”— G. A., Turkish-speaking Muslim stitcher from Toronto, Canada

Amplify your donation

If you work for a company that matches 501(c)3 donations, please let them know about your gift to Torah Stitch by Stitch and invite them to match your donation.

For more information about larger donations or Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Donations may be made to honour the memory of a loved one, to celebrate a life cycle event, or to show appreciation for someone in your community.

Support this cause and make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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2018-12-06
Karen and Sanford Shapiro
"Thank you for all your hard work."
2018-12-06
Marilyn F Spiegel
2018-12-06
Elise R. Leonard, M.D.
$36
2018-12-06
Anonymous donor
$36
2018-12-06
Marion Rubinstein
"In memory of my mother, Dorothea Hamilton"
2018-12-06
Anonymous donor
2018-12-05
Barbara C. Neuberg
2018-12-05
Meredith Neria
$18
"A beautiful concept, awesome that so many from around the world have contributed time and talent and kavannah"
2018-12-05
Judi Davidson Wolf
2018-12-04
Paula and Dan Fraser
$72
"In honor of our children and grandchildren, L'dor v'dor: Benjie, Erica, Austin, Emery and Felix"
2018-12-04
Jill Greenberg
2018-12-03
Cantor Linda Sue and Richard Sohn
$500
2018-12-03
Arleen & Joel Teplinsky
$250
"In memory of our mothers, Fay Green and Dorothy Teplinsky, who taught us the importance and joy of creating beauty."
2018-12-03
Arlene M. Witty
$180
2018-12-03
June and Stuart Graff
$36
"in honor of our grandchildren"
2018-12-03
Anonymous donor
2018-12-03
Connie aster
$36
"I am honored to have stitched both from Genesis and the New Testament."
2018-12-03
Anonymous donor
2018-12-03
Fern Allen
$18
"Mazal Tov Tema Gentles on the progress of this imaginative project!"
2018-12-01
Dorette S. Feit
"In loving memory of Ellen and David Sonnenschein"
2018-12-01
Anonymous donor
2018-12-01
Maureen Cunningham Zug
$20
2018-11-30
Carol Katz
$50
2018-11-29
Bonnie Friedman
2018-11-29
Anonymous donor
$36
2018-11-29
Anonymous donor
$50
"in honor of Sadie Finkelstein"
2018-11-29
Doug & Debbie Wicklander
2018-11-29
Rochelle Bloom
$180
2018-11-28
Usher-Jones family
$100
2018-11-28
Reena Levine Seltzer
$180
"In Memory of my mother, Malka Levine, and all the work of her hands."
2018-11-28
Rachel
2018-11-28
Francoise Drayer
$50
"Dedicated to Lili Shane."
2018-11-28
Barbara Cartwright
"Well done Linda Wells"
2018-11-27
Anonymous donor
2018-11-27
JOAN R KATZ
2018-11-27
Beth Rabin and Steve Finkel
$18
2018-11-27
Madeline D'Alessio
"In honor of Mama, Norma Krupenie, who loves Torah."
2018-11-27
Shelley Hebert
$180
"In loving memory of Mollye Plotka Smolkin z"l"
2018-11-27
Maurene Fritz
2018-11-27
Elizabeth M Short MD
$500
2018-11-27
Rachelle Lederman
$36
"So proud to be part of this amazing project. Rachelle Lederman"
2018-11-27
The Helik Family
"In loving memory of Joyce Baker and Olga and Leda Baran, all exemplary women of faith and each a skilled needle women in her own right."
2018-11-27
Amy Bayersdorfer
"In honor of my dear friend, Amy Bayersdorfer"
2018-11-27
Michele Saunders Koppelman
$180
2018-11-27
Shirley Hui
2018-11-27
Claire Freeman
2018-11-27
Robie Myers
$72
2018-11-26
Amy Green
$180
"With gratitude to have been included as a Stitcher."
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
2018-11-26
Nancy Emerson
2018-11-26
Linda Joan Greenbaum
$180
"I dedicate my contribution to this important and vital exhibit to my granddaughter, Meira Rani."
2018-11-26
Nancy Barry
$36
"In loving memory of my parents Victor and Rose Markin"
2018-11-26
Barbara C. Neuberg
$18
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
$36
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
2018-11-26
Rachelle PalleyRa
$18
2018-11-26
Merle Haber
$36
2018-11-26
Julia F Hale
"What a privilege to be a stitcher..."
2018-11-26
Diane L Sredl
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
2018-11-26
Liza Roos Lucy
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
2018-11-26
Anonymous donor
$72
2018-11-26
Fran Haskell
$180
2018-11-25
Anonymous donor
"Thank you for your request to donate Lili. Hope to see you soon."
2018-11-25
Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, Ma.
"We are so happy, as a community, to help sponsor this beautiful project."
2018-11-25
Michael Shain
$180
"In recognition of the extraordinary dedication and vision of Lili Shain, Board Chair of Torah Stitch by Stitch. Kol Hakavod!"
2018-11-24
David and Fran Levin
"to Amy, in honor of her contributions to the project."
2018-11-24
Anonymous donor
2018-11-24
Anonymous donor
2018-11-24
Anonymous donor
2018-11-24
Anonymous donor
2018-11-24
Lili Shain
2018-11-23
Amy Bayersdorfer

“TAPESTRY OF SPIRIT” EXHIBITION

$7,951   raised
GOAL: $54,000

29 days to go

75

 Donors

Campaign by
Torah Stitch by Stitch
, Canada

Torah Stitch by Stitch is a not-for-profit volunteer organization located in Toronto Canada and founded by Temma Gentles, a renowned Judaic textile artist. She is supported by a seven member board and group of dedicated volunteers who have already given 50,000+ hours to TSBS. Our mission is to inspire a love of Torah by engaging a widespread community in hand-stitching a "Torah Like No Other", and to share this extraordinary work with the public.

  • Chai
    9 claimed

    Chai sponsors ($18–$35) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website.

  • Double Chai
    20 claimed

    Double Chai sponsors ($36–$53) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website, and receive 🔺 a high resolution digital image of a stitched panel you select.

  • Even More Chai
    9 claimed

    Even More Chai sponsors ($72-$179) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website and receive 🔺 your choice of 6" x 6" fine art print of a stitched panel.

  • Illuminator
    20 claimed

    Illuminator sponsors ($180-$499) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website and 🔺in the exhibition catalogue; and will receive 🔺 your choice of 6" x 6" fine art print of a stitched panel, and 🔺 and a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

  • Cornerstone
    3 claimed

    Cornerstone sponsors ($500-$999) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website and 🔺 in the exhibition catalogue; and will receive 🔺 your choice of 14" x 14" giclée print and 🔺 a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue.

  • Pillar
    0 claimed

    Pillar sponsors ($1,000-$1,999) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website and 🔺 in the exhibition catalogue; and will receive 🔺 your choice of 14" x 14" giclée print, 🔺 private screening link to documentary short film, "Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit", and 🔺 a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue.

  • Guardian
    0 claimed

    Guardian sponsors ($2,000-$4,999) will be acknowledged on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website and 🔺 in the exhibition catalogue; and will receive 🔺 your choice of 14" x 14" giclée print, 🔺link to documentary short film, "Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit" for public viewing in your congregation or community, and 🔺 a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue.

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