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Sunday, March 18 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Torah Scrolls Have a Life of Their Own: The Perilous Journey of the Torah Scroll MST-501

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Come follow the journey taken by a Torah scroll, a survivor of the Nazi plunder of Jewish life in Europe during World II, to its final destination at Temple Emanu-El in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Steven Jacobs will recount negotiations with the Westminster Temple in London (a depository for the scrolls) for the acquisition of Torah Scroll MST-501. Unlike other scrolls from the same depository, Torah Scroll #501 was an “orphan” whose ancestry and antiquity were unknown. Geochemist Paul Aharon will explain the methodology he used to determine the precise age of its parchment and discuss the implications for the ongoing search for and discovery of the oldest complete Torah scroll in existence today.

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Paul Aharon

Paul Aharon, MS, PhD, is a Professor of Geochemistry at the University of Alabama where he has held the Ray E. Loper Endowed Chair of Geology since 2001. Previously he was a Professor of Geology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1982-2001). Author of more than 300 refereed... Read More →
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Steven Leonard Jacobs

Steven Leonard Jacobs, DHL, DD, is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama where he has held the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies since returning to the university in 2001.  He is the author, editor, and translator of more than fifteen books and more... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Dance Studio, JCC