3 2016

Black Fire on White Fire: An Introduction to the Scribal Arts

11:00AM - 1:00PM  

Knesset Israel 16 Colt Rd.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Myrna Hammerling

Julie Seltzer:
Scribe, Educator, Artist

Torah letters on parchment are referred to in the tradition as “black fire on white fire.” In this workshop, Julie will introduce the art and science of sacred calligraphy. She will explain the rules of the craft through an interactive Power-point lecture, touching on secrets of the trade like aligning a column of text, rhythm and consistency, and meditative intention. In the second part of the workshop, participants will learn how to form Torah script Hebrew letters using feather and ink, taking home a word they have written on parchment.


Julie Seltzer is the second woman in history known to have written a Torah. Currently, Julie is writing a Torah for Tamid NYC, a Reform congregation in Manhattan. She has written a book of her thoughts while writing a Torah on dispay at the Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Soferet Julie Seltzer resides in the Hudson Valley.

Please register in advance as space is limited. You may pay at the door, $15 per person.

Sponsor: Congregation Knesset Israel and Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality