As It Is Written: Project 304,805

The Torah Project

October 8, 2009–March 29, 2011



It begins with parchment, ink, a hand-sharpened feather quill, and a scribe who states out loud the intention to write a Torah scroll, the most holy and important object in Judaism. One year, 62 sheets, 248 columns, 10,416 lines, and finally 304,805 letters later, it is written.

In As It Is Written: Project 304,805, a soferet (professionally trained female scribe) will write out the entire text of the Torah, at the Museum, over the course of a full year. Once completed, she will be one of the few known women to write an entire Torah scroll, an accomplishment traditionally exclusive to men.

Update: The Torah is Now Complete

With the Torah now complete, Julie Seltzer, the CJM's scribe, is busy with the sewing and proofing process and is no longer in the gallery on a regular basis. Check the calendar for opportunities to participate in the events around the completion of the Torah.

And, if your congregation is interested in hosting the Torah at your Bay Area synagogue, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


As It Is Written: Project 304,805 has been organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous lead support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.


Major support has been provided by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and through the Max Leavitt Memorial Fund. Additional individual support has been provided by Arlene and Keith Bronstein and Mort and Amy Friedkin.

In-kind support has been provided by Pam Rorke Levy.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Jewish Theological Seminary for their invaluable participation.

People's Torah is an interactive installation and net art project by New York-based interactive studios Cabengo LLC and Studio Mobile. It was created by Hillary Leone, Mirek Nisenbaum, Fred Fauquette, and Juan Sarria. People’s Torah was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of As it is Written: Project 304, 805, an exhibition currently on view through fall 2010 that explores the Torah as a historical artifact, ritual object, scribal tradition, and contemporary muse.

The Koret and Taube Foundations are the lead supporters of the 2009/2010 exhibition season.

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