About the Women's Torah Project
Kadima has embarked on a thrilling project that will usher in a new era for Judaism and feminism. We've commissioned the first ever Sefer Torah to be scribed by women.
The first step of our project was to underwrite the costs for two accomplished Judaica artists, including Shoshana Gugenheim, to complete their training to become qualified Torah scribes. Shoshana finished in 2005. Hand-calligraphing the 62 parchment panels (yeriot) that comprise the Torah is exacting, time-consuming work.
Excitement and support from around the country and around the world confirms our belief that the Women's Torah Project breaks new ground for Kadima and for women, men, and Jews everywhere. People from over 30 states and 3 countries have contributed.
Metalwork artists Aimee Golant, and Andrea Sher-Leff have agreed to create, respectively, the crown, and wimple clasp for the Women's Torah. Their work will join with the blessing from Marcia Falk, the yad crafted by Laurel Robinson, and the mantle (cover) sewn by Sooze Bloom deLeon Grossman to bring beauty, passion, joy, and exquisite hiddur mitzvah to this project. Several additional sources get the credit for having provided the photos used for this website.
Together, we're changing history.
Costs and opportunities
This historic project is taking longer than we had originally expected for many reasons—scribes who are new at their craft, the complexities that come with involving more people, the complications inherent in any groundbreaking project.
The cost of completing the training, the materials, the scribing process itself, and our outreach will be close to $100,000. We started with a modest Torah fund; additional contributions have brought our total to over $50,000. But we still need to complete the final leg of our funding effort.
Become a part of history. We need your generous contribution to the Women's Torah Project to make this happen. You can also help us by spreading the word and volunteering in our effort.
If you would like to volunteer to help make history happen, or be notified on progress and events, please send email to Kadima including your name, address, phone and email address.
Donors are invited to send in pieces of cloth to be incorporated into the Torah mantle's pomegranate motif, assuring that the stories of women so honored will forever be integral parts of the Women's Torah Project.