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The following donors have donated to the Adventure Rabbi Parchment Torah Project.

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$20,000  
  • The Cheryl Marcus and Jeff Moody Family in honor of Rachel Moody's upcoming Bat Mitzvah
$6,800
  • The Grant-Krenz Family
$5,000  
  • Eugene M. and Emily Grant
$3,600
  • Olivia Halpern in honor of Rachel Krams Bat Mitzvah & Zachary Schwartz's Bar Mitzvah
$2,400
  • Anonymous
$1,800
  • The Brown Family
  • The Hardaway Family
  • Heidi Pearlman-Swartz and Family
  • The Matthews Family
  • Rabbi Korngold, Jeff Finkelstein, Sadie and Ori

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$1,000 - $1,500

  • Noah Finkelstein and Phoebe Young
  • Shari and Ali Wiezbowski
  • George Gellert
  • Doug Sesserman
  • The Seidler Foundation
$720 - $750
  • Aaron Feldman
  • Mike Berkow and Ann Watts
  • The Abramson Family
  • Richard and Alison Rabinoff in memory of Dots Rabinoff
  • The Zickerman Family
  • The Charnoff Family
  • Bev and Scott Needham in Honor of our first grandchild due to arrive in July
$500 - $540
  • The Csapo Family
  • Ken Epstein
  • Andy and Audrey Franklin
  • The Ropa Family
  • David and Jennifer Marcus
$360
  • Joyce & Bob Fischer in honor of our Grandchildren Jacob and Sofie Clarke
  • Debbie Juretus
  • Aaron, Julia, Mara, and Megan Anton
  • Abby and Sammy Rich
  • Bob and Marilyn Gellert
  • The Schwartz Family
  • Shai, Ellen, Cameron & Samantha Kowitt
  • Heidi and Mark Leachman
  • Jeanette Domber
  • Llen & Aaron Pomeroy
  • Tommy and Ali Feldman
  • Brad and Sheri Barenblat
$200
  • Paul Starkis and Leslie Young
  • The Fuhrer Family in honor of Samantha's Bat Mitzvah
  • Pam and Jim Gutman
  • The Schwemm and Young Family
  • The Donn and Cassie Fishbein Family
$180
  • Leonard Hortick
  • Laurie Budgar
  • The Davidoff Family
  • Cramer Family
  • William and Joy Mathews
  • Haya and Rick Gartner
  • The Findlay Family
  • Joan and Phil Gellert
  • Suzanne Soled and Jim Borgman
  • The Feigers
  • Jonathan, Lyndsay, and Mira Lev
  • Eilliot & Marjorie Davidoff
  • Marty and Mila Lyon
  • The Chapin Family
  • Dr. Raquel Cagan
  • Rabbi Alexis Berk
  • Susan Becker
  • The London Family, in honor of Lily's Bat Mitzvah
  • Dr. Gary London, In honor of Lily Tzu London's Bat Mitzvah
  • Enid Friedman, in honor of her granddaughter Torrey's Bat Mitzvah
  • The Friedman Family in honor of Torrey's Bat Mitzvah
  • Bubbe and Zaydie in honor of their Grandchildren Abe and Eli Pomeroy
  • Catherine Greener and Alan Greenberg
  • Anonymous
  • Leah Laifsky in honor of her grandson Brendan Carroll's Bar Mitzvah
  • Jacob Clarke
  • The Clarke Family in honor of Sofie Clarke
  • Shirley Leow
  • Eileen Clarke
  • Carl and Lisa Measer
  • Elaine Barenblat
  • Vanessa Baird
  • Mindy Harris & Richard Podoll
  • Fred Measer in Memory of his wife Sandra
  • The Zapin Family
  • The Sosin and Fox Families in honor of Rachel Fox
  • Paula Volkin Kehoe
  • Carole and Jeff Phillips in honor of their grandsons Morgan and Ryan


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$99 - $125

  • Albano-Salli Family in honor of Steve Cohen and family
  • Blair and John Robinstein
  • The Measer Family
  • David Schwartz
  • Larry Stein
  • Gwen & James Brodsky
  • The Emrick Family
$50-$98
  • The Scheffs
  • Joanne Berkovitz in honor of Jordan's Bat Mitzvah
  • Diane Green and David Joseph in memory of our parents
  • Cheryl and David Fellows
  • Ira, Stacey, Kennedy and Livvy Bahr
  • Ruth and Dick Sliage in honor of Samantha Fuhrer
  • Colorado Agency for Jewish Education Board and Staff
  • Colorado Agency for Jewish Education
$36
  • Jake Hofgard
  • Reggie Gray
  • Nancy Cohen
  • Phillips Family
  • Judith D. Epstein
  • Jill N. Rubenstein
  • Fox Family
  • Harriet and Len Boonin
  • Jennifer Cherington
  • Heidi and Max Verplank
  • Debbie Lerch Cushman and Kids
  • Suzanne Rosenberg Meinert
  • Maryan K. Jaross
  • Amy, Keang and Elita Gendler
  • Paula Powers
  • Yakar Family
$18
  • Karen Lerch
  • Carmi Gazit
  • Richard Goldsmith and Helen Mendelson
  • Aunt Liz, in honor of Mason Stahl's Bar Mitzvah
  • Marlin Kropp
  • Darby Kropp
  • Ruth Shrairman and Alexander Landau
<$18
  • The Copperstein Family


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$1.80  
  • A sincere thank you from us. We’re happy to include you in our community.  
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$1.80 + $3.95 for a latte.  
  • A more energized sincere thank you from us. Now we are even more aware of how happy we are to include you in our community.
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$18  
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  • A sense of ownership.
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$36  
  • A signed copy of Rabbi Korngold’s children’s book, Passover in the Desert
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  • A sense of ownership.
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$99  
  • A personalized video message or blessing by Rabbi Korngold sent to whomever you wish to honor.  A perfect gift for your Bubbe and Zaydie, your son or daughter, a friend in need of healing or someone celebrating a simcha.
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$180  
  • You will be able to help the scribe write a letter in the Torah and receive a photo of you scribing.
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  • A sense of ownership.
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$360  
  • You will be able to help the scribe write two letters in the Torah and receive a photo of you scribing.
  • Plus, a signed copy of God in the Wilderness by Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • A feeling of ownership.
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  • Free admission to our celebration welcoming the Torah to our community.
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$720  
  • You will be able to help the scribe write four letters in the Torah and receive a photo of you scribing.
  • A signed copy of God in the Wilderness by Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • A signed copy of The God Upgrade by Rabbi Jamie Korngold
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  • Free admission to our celebration welcoming the Torah to our community.
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$1,800  
  • Sponsor a Parsha (Torah Portion)
  • You will be able to help the scribe write five letters in the Torah and receive a photo of you scribing.
  • Gallery wrap (large canvas professional photo, ready to hang) of you holding or scribing the Torah. 
  • If you dedicate your gift to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah student who read that parsha, they too will get a special certificate.
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$18,000  
  • Sponsor one of the Five Books of Moses!
  • You will be able to help the scribe write ten letters in the Torah and receive a photo of you scribing.
  • A hike with Rabbi Jamie in Boulder, Colorado for your family and friends (limit 25 people). We will read from the Torah scroll and take professional photography to record the moment.
  • A replica of the word you scribed.
  • A full set of Rabbi Korngold's seven published books.
  • Gallery wrap (large canvas professional photo, ready to hang) of you holding or scribing the Torah. 
  • A personalized certificate acknowledging your support
  • Free admission to our celebration welcoming the Torah to our community.
  • Your name will be included on our Torah donor list on the Adventure Rabbi website.
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Our Torah is becoming too fragile for frequent use. Meanwhile, our Adventure Rabbi community is turning 13-years old.

Let's put the two together and celebrate our B'nai Mitzvah year, not with pen sets or calculators, but with a new handwritten parchment Torah scroll.

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It takes a scribe an entire year to write a Torah by hand. That is why they are so expensive.

Let's celebrate:

We are proud of our community and all we have accomplished. Between Rabbi Jamie's seven books, our (never boring) retreats, the Boulder based congregation, Rabbi Jamie's national presence, Rabbi Evon's Distance Learning Program, the innovative Adventure Rabbi Kids program and our base in South Lake Tahoe, the Adventure Rabbi Program has brought thousands of people back to a meaningful relationship with Judaism.

And just this week, Rabbi Jamie was named one of the most inpsiraitonal rabbis in America by the Jewish Forward.

Rabbis Jamie and Evon ask tough questions and force Jews and Jewish professionals to face these difficult questions. They have created an innovative community, which is filled with joy, intellectual honesty and friendship.

Won't you help us celebrate these achievements?

For 13 years, the Adventure Rabbi Community has been reading Torah from a backpacking Torah scroll. Our scroll has been read from the top of 14,000 foot peaks, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and at many other elevations, latitudes and longitudes.

Our Torah is now in need of replacement.

Let's all pitch in to purchase the new scroll. Every time the new Torah is pulled from its backpack, the pieces of parchment stitched to parchment will remind us of our connection with each other, the history of our people and the amazing places Adventure Rabbi brings Torah.

If we all contribute, some of us in large amounts and others in small, we can purchase a hand written, parchment Torah. A handwritten Torah is a perfect reminder that Rabbi Jamie and Rabbi Evon bring us innovation – in ways we never ever imagined we could ask for—and yet binds us to our tradition and history. Just like the scribe who carefully copies word after word without deviation and yet inserts his or her own flourish of uniqueness to the letters.

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Warmly,

Jeff Finkelstein

 

PS: Scroll down to read more about the story behind the Torah project




Adventure Rabbi's Torah:

Reading Torah Outside
Rabbi Jamie Korngold reading
from the Torah in Boulder, CO
Reading Torah on top of Vail, CO
Rabbi Jamie Korngold reading
from the Torah on top of Vail, CO
Reading Torah at Passover of Exodus Story
Reading the story of Exodus during Passover
directly from the Torah, Moab, UT
The first chapter of the Torah - Genesis
Genesis 1:1 - the beginning of the Torah
Reading Torah During Passover in Moab, UT

Rabbi Jamie Korngold holding Torah
aloft in Moab, Utah

Torah Scroll Project

The story behind the Parchment Torah Project:
-Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi

Shortly after the salad had been served, long before the main course would arrive, he and she (long time Adventure Rabbi participants) leaned across the table toward me and said, “We love what you do. We want to give you a donation. What’s your pitch?”

Their oldest children had completed our Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Program and their youngest was eagerly looked forward to the day when she would be old enough to hike mountain peaks, make matzah ball soup, and jump-start cars with us in our Adventure Class. Although this family does not live in Boulder, they do their best to join us when they can. Meanwhile, that evening we were celebrating another family's simcha.

I didn't need to think before answering, “I love our  backpacking Torah, it is so special. But we’ve been a community for 13 years now and its time for us to be guardians of parchment Torah.”

Reading Torah in Moab, UTShe immediately leaned in further. He began to nod. I continued, “There is something unique about reading from a parchment Torah. I’m not sure what it is. The fact that a scribe took a year to write it? The parchment? The wood? It links us to our past in a palpable way. Even holding a parchment Torah feels different than the backpacker does. Its solid; it says we are here to stay, as a community and as a People.”

She jumped in, “You know Jamie, a parchment Torah is the one thing I have for felt for years that this community is missing. We don’t need a building.  We don’t need committee meetings. But a parchment scroll links us to each other, to Jews all over the world and Jews through time. It reminds us of all people have done and sacrificed to keep Judaism alive through the generations. I really want our daughter to read from a parchment scroll.”

They wrote a check for $20,000. “Get the community to match it,” they said.  “Let everyone own this Torah together. Give everyone who wants a chance to pledge or make it their own, so its not some unconnected ritual thing tucked away in a box.”

When I called Rabbi Evon he cautioned, “Be careful that this doesn’t just become some object like so many other objects. We have to connect with it; we have to experience it.  We have to teach everyone about why a Torah is important so that they feel it and know it, so that each time  we stand shoulder to shoulder in our a circle to unscroll the Torah and hold the parchment, each time we hear the words being chanted, we feel our place in the living tradition the scroll represents. I know – let’s do a Torah retreat for the families. I’ll call my friend to see if he will sponsor the retreat.”  And he did and he did.

When I called the scribe he said, “I can ship you a complete Torah or I can leave the last 300 letters unfinished. I’ll come to Boulder and we can write it together. I’ll let people hold my hand, let them grasp the quill as I hold it and they will assist me in writing the last 300 letters. That way they fulfill the mitzvah of writing a Torah in their lifetime. Make sure people know it’s a mitzvah!” he urged.

“We get to actually write the Torah?” asked Carolyn Grant. “We get to hold the quill and put ink on the parchment? What an amazing experience! I imagine that many people would want to see and do that - to be part of something so special." She and her husband, Robb, wrote a check.

Shari Annes texted me from San Francisco, “I heard you are getting Torah. Loved the retreat I came on. I love what you do.” and she too wrote a check.

Noah Finkelstein filled out a donation form online writing, “I hear we are getting a Torah! Yahoo! Use this to help inspire others to give. Please tell me what else I can do.”

Join us.  Add you name to the list. Help us purchase our new scroll.

Imagine: Its Passover 2015. We stand on the red rock of Moab, shoulder to shoulder in our circle and unscroll our new parchment Torah. We read a list of all the people who contributed  to the scroll, some giving $1.80 and others giving $18,000. The steep canyon walls echo the names back to us, sound building on sound, action building on action, reminding us of the layers of community and connection.

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