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Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue seeks to complete the first Torah Scroll written by a female scribe in Manhattan, New York. It's historic
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Celebrating with the Torah
Celebrating with the Torah

In the Five Books of Moses, it is written, “Now write for yourself this song, and teach it to all the children of Israel.” - Deuteronomy 31:19. This verse suggests that by participating in writing a Torah, one fulfills the 613th and final mitzvah (commandment) in the Code of Jewish Law. Anyone who writes a single letter in a Torah or enables the Torah to be written through his or her support, fulfills the holy obligation of "writing a Torah in your lifetime."

Tamid is New York City’s newest synagogue and we are forming new traditions and pathways for celebrating Judaism in the 21st Century.  For more than 2,000 years, Torah writing has been restricted to men only. Ours will be the first Torah written by a female scribe in Manhattan - which is historic!

Torah Scribe Julie Seltzer with Tamid's youth
Torah Scribe Julie Seltzer with Tamid's youth

The Torah is the symbol of unity. L’dor V’dor, from generation to generation, Jewish families have safeguarded this unity through the teachings of the Torah. Now it is our turn. Everyone is welcome to support the writing of this Torah; Jew and non-Jew, local and global. The Torah was given as the word of God and everyone  is invited to participate and benefit from this gift, now and always.

Unrolling the Torah scroll on a Jewish Holiday
Unrolling the Torah scroll on a Jewish Holiday

Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to complete the writing of the 304,805 letters in the Torah by Mid-November.  In the second phase, we will attach the pages together and bind them to the Torah handles. In the last phase, we will outfit the Torah with a mantle and crowns and (God willing) have our new Torah to read from next Rosh Hashanah (Fall 2017).

Sharing Shabbat with Tamid families
Sharing Shabbat with Tamid families

In addition to the many reward and gift levels from $36 to $10,000 (please refer to the categories on the right margin of this page), there are two levels that are available to major contributors. 

* The Abraham and Sarah Gift ($36,000). This level offers five donors (Genesis and Deuteronomy have already been named; Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers remain) the opportunity to dedicate one of the Five Books of Moses. The Rabbi and the Scribe will travel to your home or community (Continental U.S.) to guide you in writing a Hebrew letter (or multiple) in the scroll and will speak to you and/or your group about the Torah and the Torah writing process. You will receive a Certificate of Authentication with your name(s) signed by the Rabbi and Scribe. For this special opportunity, please contact our office for more information, thank you. (646) 360-0689 or connect@tamidnyc.org.

* The Eternal Word Gift ($100,000). One has the privilege to name this Torah. You will be invited to present the completed Torah to Tamid in the Fall 2017 and will be invited to hold the Torah prior to it being read at the Jewish holiday of your choice once per year. The Rabbi and the Scribe will travel to your home or community (Continental U.S.) to guide you in writing a Hebrew letter (or multiple) in the scroll and will speak to you and/or your group about the Torah and the Torah writing process. You will receive a Certificate of Authentication with your name(s) signed by the Rabbi and Scribe. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this singular, once-in-a lifetime gift with you. Please contact our office, thank you. (646) 360-0689 or connect@tamidnyc.org.

*All contributions are tax deductible. Tamid is a registered not-for-profit 501c3 and you will receive a letter for your deductions.

*Please forward, share, and post this widely through your networks. Writing a Torah is a blessing and we hope that you will join in the honor and mitzvah of supporting this project and enabling someone else to also to learn and to participate. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

We need to raise $90,000 by mid-November to complete the writing of the 304,805 letters in the Torah. We hope to read from it at Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) in 2017. Your support will help us accomplish this phase of our Torah. Thank you and may your gift add blessing and hope to you and to us all. Shalom from Tamid.

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    The Alef-Bet Gift

    Choose your favorite letter in the Alef-Bet, Hebrew language alphabet
    - the scribe will write that letter in the scroll on your behalf.
    - you will receive a certificate with your name and your letter on it.
    - the certificate will be signed by the Scribe and Rabbi
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    The Good Word Gift

    We will write a word on your behalf in the Torah and you will receive:
    - a certificate with your dedicated word
    - your name on the certificate
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    The Matchmaker Gift

    We will write a pair of words that match together on your behalf in the Torah and you will receive:
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    The Perfect Verse Gift

    Dedicate your favorite verse in the Five Books of Moses and you will receive:
    - a yad (pointer) that is used to read the Torah
    - a certificate with the verse dedicated in your honor and your name on the certificate.
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    The Weekly Reading Gift

    Dedicate your favorite weekly reading (parsha) in the Five Books of Moses and you will receive:
    - a quill used to write the new Tamid Torah
    - a traditional yad (pointer) used to read the Torah
    - a certificate with the name of the weekly reading and your name on the certificate.
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    The Miriam and Moses Gift

    Dedicate and Name one of the most Sacred stories in the Torah: Creation, Noah's Ark, The Shema, Ten Commandments, Miriam's Song, "Love your neighbor as yourself," "Justice, Justice, you shall pursue."
    - You will be Invited to write a letter in the scroll with our scribe in New York City at the location and time of your choice.
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