Neil Yerman is a sofer a person who writes and restores Torah scrolls. In English, the Hebrew word sofer is translated as scribe. To become a sofer, a Jewish person must master the art of Hebrew calligraphy, document restoration, and the many rules and traditions governing the writing and restoring of a Torah. In addition, a sofer must lead a religious life.
Meet the Artist
Sofer Yerman is also an artist who specializes in creating one-of-a-kind illustrated documents for life cycle events, creating ketubot for weddings, scrolls for bar and bat mitzvah, and illustrated family trees.
Three Scribes: Friends in Art: Neil Yerman, Karen Gorst, and Mohamed Zakariya Jewish, Chistian, and Muslim calligraphers collaborated, dialogued togeher, and created a unique work of art at the JCC of Schenectady, New York, on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Open PDF flyer.
Write For Yourselves (www.writeforyourselves.com) a documentary about the Torah: Write For Yourselves focuses on the process of creating a Torah scroll so that its words are accurately preserved from generation to generation.