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Writing the First Torah in Spain in 500 Years

Congregation Bet El in Madrid, Spain is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To commemorate this significant milestone, a series of events is scheduled throughout the year. The capstone of our anniversary year is our project, the historic writing of the first egalitarian Torah ever in Spain.

Indeed, it is the first Torah written in Spain since the expulsion of the Jews over 500 years ago. We have arranged for a scribe to come to Spain to write this “signature project” in a series of powerfully symbolic and inspirational events. It is truly a rekindling of Jewish life in Spain and transforms the inheritance of Sinai into a legacy we will pass on to our children.

As Madrid’s only egalitarian synagogue, we open our doors to all Jews seeking a modern, Ashkenazi community where men and women both participate equally in services and every member is encouraged to feel comfortable in their Judaism.

Men and women are invited to participate in the historic project. But the focus of the project is on the next generation–providing our children with more than just a sacred text to use for a special occassion in their lives. This is a symbol of regeneration of Spanish Jewry, as a multi-layered, inter-generational web.

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This is not just a Sefer Torah for Madrid or Spain. It is a project that unites worldwide Jewry in a testament to the vibrancy and resilience of the Jewish people.

 

Why are we doing this:

Until Bet El, women could not participate in prayer services, be called to the Torah or officiate in any synagogue in Spain. We have built a community that prides itself on its egalitarian profile, where boys and girls study side-by-side for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, where guest female rabbis officiate and where all Jews are welcome.

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Our Sunday School program now teaches children from 30 families around the Greater Madrid area. Our conversion class is growing every year, as more Spaniards seek to discover more about the Jewish past. There is constant demand for new adult classes and services, in keeping with a growing community. But these activities require financing that exceeds our meager budget. We need to expand beyond our present state to move to the next level–as a healthy, durable community.

Why you should help us:

Be a part of history. Not only is writing a Torah a mitzvah, but this scroll represents the “re-Judification” of Spain. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the reconstruction of one of Judaism’s most important, deeply-textured communities. Bet El is on the cusp of blossoming into a full-fledged congregation. Few Torahs written are charged with this scroll’s symbolism of renovation, resilience and resistence. This is the first scroll written in Spain in more than 500 years –since the Expulsion of the Jews– in the very land of the Spanish Inquisition.

In order to make this happen we are seeking funding. It is a beautiful way to “sign your name” and be a part of Jewish history in Spain.

This is not just a Sefer Torah for Madrid or Spain. It is a project that unites worldwide Jewry in a testament to the vibrancy and resilience of the Jewish people.

 

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Join our community of supporters and we can 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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2017-11-06
DR & MRS MARC B. KRAMER
2017-11-01
alice jena
$5
2017-10-27
Leonardo Garzon Bello y Elvira Bueckert
$50
"Para la alegría de nuestras futura generaciones."
2017-10-27
antonio merino collantes
$18
"para la familia de bet-el"
2017-10-26
Anonymous donor
$500
"Dedicated to all those in need which will be guided by this Sefer Torah"
2017-10-26
Cantor Galit Dadoun-Cohen
$18
2017-10-26
Jenny Masur
"Mazel tov"
2017-10-26
Cantor Julie Newman
$36
2017-10-25
Cantor Raphael Frieder
$100
2017-10-25
Anonymous donor
$2000
2017-10-25
Halevi-Muller
$18
2017-10-24
The Solomon Family (Jeff, Jan, Rebekah & Hannah)
$180
"In memory of the Jews of Spain who never had this opportunity."
2017-10-24
Herreros de Tejada Friedman family
"Capp Gordon, for your bar mitzvah"
2017-10-24
Anonymous donor
2017-09-06
Anonymous donor
"Dedicated to Karen Friedman's birthday gift"
2017-09-04
KAREN FRIEDMAN
$100
"IN HONOR OF THE JAVIER HERREROS DE TEJADA/KAREN FRIEDMAN FAMILY"
2017-09-03
Frank Sherman & Valerie Myntti
$180
"In honor of Claudia Toledo becoming a Bat Mitzvah and in memory of Bertram Schader, her grandfather"
2017-08-09
Jackie Priestley
$1
"karen, happy birthday!! So happy to support you in something so meaningful and significant in your life!"
2017-08-09
Dale Sindell
$18
"Happy Birthday Karen!"
2017-08-09
Anonymous donor
2017-08-08
Lisa Kitchin
$100
"Dedicated to my dearest friend Karen Hereros de Tejada."
2017-04-23
Aaron and Stephanie Morse
$360
"Dedicated to our daughter Abigail Morse who helped work on this project"
2017-04-21
Katie Hardgrave Turner
$180
"What an amazingly beautiful campaign! Dedicated to Dr. Newt and Ellen Hardgrave."
2017-04-18
Krueger Living Trust
"In honor of our children and grandchildren, who represent the future."
2017-04-15
Sefekar Family, Spain, Salonika, USA
$118
"Thank you for this wonderful project I hope someday to visit and thank you all personally, Bill Sefekar and the Sefekars"
2017-04-15
Rebecca Geshuri
"In honor of Abby Morse's commitment to this project"
2017-04-07
Jon Allan and Clara Hirsch
$250
"dedicated to Bert Schader"
2017-03-29
Anonymous donor
"Great project for children's religious education in Spain. Congratulations, Pamela Rolfe and All who work on this!"
2017-03-28
Anonymous donor
2017-03-28
Peter Greiff
"Congratulations to everyone involved."
2017-03-23
Anonymous donor
2017-03-22
Stanley and Maureen Rosewater
$50
"To Pam and Ramon"
2017-03-22
Jim Rosewater and Family
2017-03-22
E Altschul
$18
2017-03-22
Anonymous donor
"lukas test please ignore"
2017-03-21
Sherry & Joe Schwartz
$54
2017-03-21
Anonymous donor
2017-03-21
Marc Bragin
$72
"Mazel Tov upon entering such a holy task."
2017-03-21
Anonymous donor
2017-03-20
Anonymous donor
2017-03-19
Jessica Davidson
"In honor of my mother, Beth Sheva Laikin"
2017-03-18
Petra and Jerome Socolovsky
"Bejatzlaja!"
2017-03-18
Limor and Stuart Wilks
$54
"In memory of my parents Yaffa and Meir Moshe"
2017-03-17
Anonymous donor
2017-03-17
Scott Wyler
$100
2017-03-17
Anonymous donor
2017-03-16
Rachel & Brian Prince
"Pamela Rolfe- Great job!"
2017-03-16
Anonymous donor
2017-03-16
Anonymous donor
2017-03-15
Abby & Lou Singer
$360
"In honor of all our wonderful times at Bet-El"
2017-03-15
Harry and Lea Stern
"Dedicated to Kira Stern"
2017-03-15
Alexandra Schader
2017-03-14
Kathie & Marty Kommor
$100
"Mahal Tov on your beautiful project!"
2017-03-14
Anonymous donor
2017-03-14
Sheila K. Rolfe and Stan L. Ginsburg
$200
"In honor of Pamela Rolfe for helping to bring this project to fruition."
2017-03-14
Anonymous donor

Torah500

$8,909   raised
GOAL: $50,000

56

 Donors

Campaign by
Congregation Bet El Madrid, Spain

Madrid’s only egalitarian synagogue opens its doors to all Jews seeking a modern community where men and women both participate equally in services and every member is encouraged to feel comfortable in their Judaism. Bet El is a member of the Masorti worldwide Conservative movement. This Torah writing project will be used for many reasons. It will help our young congregation continue to grow and enhance existing services, including our Sunday School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah class, conversion and adult education programs and help to ensure the stability of our congregation.

  • Letter
    17 claimed

    The meticulous process of writing a Torah scroll makes each letter important. There are 304,805 letters in the Torah. Each one is crucial to the accuracy of the text. The entire scroll is disqualified if even one letter is added or deleted. Every letter must have sufficient white space surrounding it so that it doesn't touch any other letter. Buy a letter--or more than one.

  • Adonai
    6 claimed

    Jews do not casually write the name of G-d ever. But the sacred mitzvah of writing the Torah requires the scribe to recite a blessing each time he writes the name of G-d in the scroll. Writing G-d's name demands the utmost of purity and devotion.

  • Name
    3 claimed

    Is your name Jacob or Rebecca? Do you know a Sarah, Rachel or Moses. Jews place great importance on naming a child and understand how the meaning and context create personal identity. To name a child goes to the core of a family's values. Honoring and remembering those names is a beautiful way to pay tribute to those decisions. Buy a reference to any name in the Torah scroll for yourself or as a gift.

  • Aliyah
    0 claimed

    Being called up for an aliyah is a tremendous honor. Remember when you were called up for your first aliyah? Celebrating your children or grandchildren's first aliyah? This is a wonderful way to hold onto that thrill and honor of being "called up" for an aliyah in Spain's first egalitarian Torah scroll.

  • Phrase
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    The greatest wisdom of Judaism comes in some of the Torah's most memorable phrases. You can choose one of these, or find your favorite. “Hear O Israel, the L-ord is our G-d, the L-ord is One.” [Deut. 6:4] "In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt.” [Pesachim 116b] “And you shall teach the Torah to your children and you should speak about it when you are at home and when you travel, before you lie down to sleep and when you wake up.” [Deuteronomy 6:7]

  • Parasha
    0 claimed

    There are only 54 parashot in the Torah. Writing a Torah in one's lifetime is a positive mitzvah. This allows you not only to participate in this unique project, but to hand-pick the Torah portion you find most meaningful.

  • Tzadik
    0 claimed

    The 613th mitzvah of the Torah is the obligation for each Jew to write a Torah scroll. There are 304,805 letters in the Torah, written with the utmost of care, respect, purity and devotion.

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