There are only about two dozen Torahs written by women in North America. Beginning on Rosh Hashana, one of them will reside in St. Paul’s Chapel, where Tamid synagogue has held services since 2012.
As reported recently in the Wall Street Journal, this is the third Torah written by Julie Seltzer, a Torah scribe and educator who lives in Beacon, New York. It will be the first written by a woman for a synagogue in Manhattan. Tamid will unveil the Torah as it celebrates Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, beginning at sunset Wednesday, September 20.
Tamid funded the Torah with a Kickstarter campaign. The Torah includes the Five Books of Moses—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—and is made up of 304,805 letters, each written in Hebrew Calligraphy. It takes Seltzer about a year and a half to write a Torah scroll.