Eitz Chayim Hi Lamachazikim Ba: It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it

Engage, learn, study, and participate in the work of repairing our Torah scrolls - to keep them healthy for years to come. The project will conclude at a Community Simchat Torah celebration in the fall.

Torah Restoration Project Events 

Shabbat Evening Service with Torah reading and focus on Revealing the Hidden Music in the Torah: Friday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Join together for a joyful Shabbat service. Cantor Hyman will guide us through Mi Chamocha, Song of the Sea, and how Torah expresses song.

Community Shabbat Dinner – Introducing the Torah Restoration Project: Friday, March 17
Following the Friday evening Shabbat service, gather for Shabbat dinner when Cantor Hyman will tell us more about our scrolls. Hear about upcoming opportunities to engage in the restoration work. Take a stroll down the Levitt Gershman lobby gallery to review pictures and information about our Torah scrolls.

Midweek Hebrew Students– Scribe-in-Residence with Linda Coppelson: Wednesday, March 22, 4:30– 6:30 p.m.
Midweek Hebrew students will get an early look at one of our Torah scrolls during its restoration process, studying with scribe/soferet Linda Coppelson. Students will learn about the inner workings of Torah, and get an up-close look at the scroll they may recognize – or soon will – from their B’nai Mitzvah at RS.

Additional educational opportunities with our Connection Groups are planned for March and April!

Scribes (Soferot) in Residence Weekend: April 28-April 30 

Community Shabbat Dinner: Meet Rabbi Bec Richman: Friday, April 28
After services, gather together for a Shabbat dinner and meet one of our soferot (scribes: female), Rabbi Bec Richman, who will be working alongside Linda Coppelson to restore our Torah scrolls. Get a preview of this Soferot-in-Residence weekend, full of opportunities to learn, study, repair, and ultimately connect with our Torah scrolls.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Bec Richman: Saturday, April 29 at 9:15 a.m.
Join for a special scribal-arts focused Torah and text study led by our clergy with Rabbi Bec Richman.

Community Torah Restoration Programs: Sunday, April 30
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Berkman Mercaz Limud students & families will have the chance to learn from our soferet, and most importantly, deepen their connection to Torah through hands-on scribal arts and Torah restoration workshops. See below for sponsorship opportunities.

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. - Our entire community will have an opportunity to help scribe a letter, word, or verse in one of our Torah scrolls, as we join together for an afternoon of programming.

Become a Patron and Participate in This Meaningful Opportunity

When you become a patron, you help support Rodeph Shalom throughout the year. As a patron, you have additional opportunities to engage with the project, including the March 22 event below. Become a patron by clicking here or reach out to Noah Levine, Philanthropy Manager, at 267-930-7291.

An Evening with our Soferet Linda Coppelson – Your opportunity to participate in the Torah Restoration Project: Wednesday, March 22 at 7:15 p.m.
Patrons will meet and speak with Linda Coppelson, getting an up-close look at the scroll on which she has begun to work. Learn what a Torah is made of, how repairs are done, and help scribe a letter in our scroll.

We extend gratitude to our patrons who make so much of our congregational life possible:

The Subtle ($5,000)
David Behrend & Dona Horowitz-Behrend
Henry B. Bernstein
Bonnie Brier & Bruce Rosenfield
Dr. Bettyruth Walter
Jackie & Earl Wolf

The Allegorical ($2,500)
Carol Blank Barsh & Horace Barsh
Jonathan Broder & Joy Bernstein
Dena Herrin & Alfredo Mauri
Annabelle Jellinek
Deborah & Zachary Klehr
Beth & Stan Lashner
Lee Rosengard & Andrea Kramer
Gary Silverman
Ellen & Mickey Simon
Ann White & Jeffrey Ettinger

The Literal ($1,250)
Jay & Donna Barnett
Susan Behr
Jane Biberman
Lloyd & Merrill Brotman
Marilyn A. Cohen
Cheryl K. Dougherty
Karen & Fred Edelstein
Charles Ellis & Henry Patterson
Betsy & Bob Fiebach
Rabbi Eli & Laurel Freedman
Rabbi Alan & Carol Fuchs
Michael Hauptman & Erika Flory
Cantor Brad & Vicki Hyman
Jennifer James
Joan & Jeffrey Katz
Mark Kogan & Ellen Krafstow-Kogan
Bernice Koplin
Susan & Lenny Klehr
Rabbi Bill & Emily Kuhn
Laurel & Brent Landau
Marc Lowenstein & Debbie Davies
Rabbi Jill Maderer & Len Lipkin
Fran Martin
Adelle Rubin
Dick & Bobbe Schmeltzer
Fred Strober & Beth Ann Robinson
Stephen Weitzenhoffer & Carl Kopfinger

First Time Patron ($750)
Paula Fuchsberg

Torah Project Sponsorship Opportunities for All

You can help the soferot do their work (with their guidance) when you write in the Torah. Deepen your connection with Torah or commemorate a life cycle event. For sponsorship information, contact Noah Levine.

With Gratitude to our Underwriters & Match Challenge Participants

We extend gratitude to our Torah Restoration Project underwriters:
Initial launch: Henry Bernstein, Bonnie Brier & Bruce Rosenfield

Torah Restoration Project $50,000 Match Challenge: Toni Seidl & Rick Berkman
"Our participation in the Torah Restoration Project reflects our deep devotion to Torah - L'dor V'dor." - Rick Berkman & Toni Seidl

Participating in the Match are: David Behrend & Dona Horowitz-Behrend, Henry Bernstein, Jon Broder & Joy Bernstein, Dr. Fran Martin, Tom & Carol Perloff, Jennifer Rice & Michael Forman, Bruce & Elizabeth Rubin, Mickey (z"l) & Ellen Simon, RS clergy

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors



Meet Our Soferot (Scribes: Female)

Linda Coppelson's role as a soferet extends beyond writing and restoration to include teaching about the art and skill of the craft while embracing and including congregants in the process.  She is retired from a 25-year career teaching Tanach (Bible), Rabbinics and Jewish History, but continues to teach in her role as a soferet.


Rabbi Bec Richman
is an artist and a soferet who brings ancient teachings to life through the work of her hands. She integrates Torah and creativity as an artist and educator. Bec was ordained as a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Bec lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.