>A soferet, a female scribe, will write a Sefer Torah (a book of the Law) for the Congregation Dorshei Emet (Seekers of Truth) in Montreal. According to a news report published in The Canadian Jewish News, “Congregation Dorshei Emet will be the first synagogue in Canada and only the third in the world to have a Sefer Torah written by a woman.”
The soferet’s name is Jen Taylor Friedman. Friedman is the only known female scribe to have written two Torah scrolls.
This Torah scroll will be written with a feather quill and ink made from natural sources. The new scroll will be composed of 79,847 words (304,805 letters) written on 62 panels of parchment joined by a sinew string from a kosher animal. The writing of the Torah scroll will be finished in 12 months.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary