Who We Are

Jewish scribes from around the world

Stam Scribes is a collective of progressive Jewish scribes from all over the world.  We provide a variety of services for individuals and Jewish communities, including writing new torah scrolls, repairing torah scrolls, writing and illustrating ketubahs, tefillin repair, and education.

Our styles of observance vary, but we are all committed to the Jewish scribal tradition.

Jen Taylor

Jen Taylor

Montreal, Canada

Jen has ten years’ experience in scroll creation and repair. She has worked with communities across North America and teaches all over the world. She is presently working on a Master’s in Jewish Studies at McGill University, just for fun. She is an experienced educator and Torah scribe. She also writes mezuzot, megillot, and tefillin.

Jen is available for the following services:

  • New torah commissions
  • Mezuzah commissions
  • Tefillin commissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Torah repair
  • Tefillin repair
  • Child education
  • Adult education
  • Scribal coaching and mentoring

Jen’s Website

Alexandra Casser

Alexandra Casser

Alexandria, VA, USA

Alexandra holds a BA from Rutgers University in History and Politics Science, with a minor in Jewish Studies, as well as an MA from the Bard Graduate Center.  She has studied at the Drisha Institute and at Yeshivat Hadar, and specializes in the repair and maintenance of antique torah scrolls.

Alexandra is available for the following commissions, in addition to running the Women’s Tefillin Gemach.

  • Torah repair on or offsite
  • Adult education
  • Children’s education
  • Tefillin checking and repair

Email Alex

Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows

Boston, MA

Laura Bellows is an educator, artist, Hebrew calligrapher, and community organizer currently training for rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College. Her research explores the intersections of Torah, ecology, gender, and collective responsibility and her art is inspired by midrashic and nature motifs. Laura is a dynamic, experienced teacher of Torah, scribal art, and a range of other topics with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Laura is available for the following services:

  • Child education
  • Adult education
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Torah repair

Email Laura

Briah Cahana

Briah Cahana

Montreal, Canada

Briah Cahana lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she has been studying sofrut with Jen Taylor for a little over a year. Her next big project is to write a megillat esther. She also works and volunteers as a doula, a birth companion. Briah has recently completed her M.A. in Jewish Studies, where she wrote a thesis investigating the history of interpretation of the Hebrew midwives in the Bible.

Briah is available for the following services:

  • Mezuzah comissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Torah repair

Email Briah

Linda Coppleson

Linda Coppleson

West Orange, NJ, USA

Linda’s studies as a soferet STaM began in 2003, when artist and Sofer, Eric Ray z”l, agreed to teach her. She worked under his guidance for approximately two years, and later studied Halacha of safrut with Jen Taylor.
After several years (and many hours) of practice, she was accepted to participate in the Women’s Torah Project, writing 20 out of 62 pages. Since then she has written three sifrei torah and is working on a fourth to be completed in early 2018.
In addition to writing torah, megillot and mezuzot, Linda repairs and restores sifrei torah. She is retired from a 25 year career teaching Tanach, Rabbinics and Jewish History, but continues to teach in her role as a soferet. She also writes and illuminates ketubot, and create life cycle art pieces.
Linda earned a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and an MA in Hebrew Culture and Education from New York University.

Linda’s Website

Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem

Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem

Portland, OR, USA / Jerusalem Hills, Israel

Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem began her scribal training in Jerusalem in 2000 and the writing of her first Torah scroll in 2006 with a vision to include as many newly emerging women scribes as possible.  This social practice focus of her work has included: a second collectively written scroll, a community-wide Torah sewing event in Jerusalem for a newly written scroll, the establishment of Women of the Book, an international visual midrash collaboration for Jewish women artists and most recently, documenting the controversial process of contemporary parchment making while establishing a grassroots initiative producing ethically sourced parchment for Hebrew scribes.   Shoshana is temporarily residing in Portland, OR with her spouse and two young children while she works toward her MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University.

Shoshana is proud to provide ethically sourced parchment for your commission, as well as the following services:

  • New torah commissions
  • Child education
  • Adult education

Email Shoshana

Shoshana’s Website

Women of the Book Project

Ariela Housman

Ariela Housman

Chicago, IL, USA

Ariela holds a BA in Cultural History from the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumna of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. She has been working as a professional calligrapher since 2003 and began studying safrut in 2015. She specializes in the Western Sephardic (Spanish & Portuguese) scribal hand.   Ariela is available for the following commissions:

  • New torah commissions
  • Mezuzah commissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Calligraphy commissions in Hebrew and English
  • Tefillin repair
  • Child education
  • Adult education

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Leana Jelen

Leana Jelen

New York, NY, USA

Leana Jelen is a graduate of the Pardes Experiential Educators Program (2016) in Jerusalem, where she studied Safrut STaM. Leana lives in Washington Heights, NY and is an active member of the Beis, an Orthodox intentional shul community dedicated to building a warm, inclusive space for all Jews. Leana provides the following:

  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Custom projects (birkot habayit, miscellaneous artwork, etc.)
  • Group education
  • Private education

 

Email Leana

Jen Kamenetz

Jen Kamenetz

Berkeley, CA, USA

Jen Kamenetz has studied classical Jewish texts for many years in a variety of settings, and safrut brings together her love of those sacred texts and scribal art. She cares deeply about halakha and is always thinking about how to create inclusive, accessible approaches to Torah and Jewish life. Jen has an MA in Philosophy with a concentration in Religion, and she lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and daughter.
Jen is available for the following:
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Torah repair
  • Child education
  • Adult education

Email Jen

Jennifer Leigh Kaplan

Jennifer Leigh Kaplan

Cleveland, OH, USA

Jenny holds a joint BA in Art History and Judaic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and has completed MA coursework in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  She finds spirituality in the forms of Hebrew letters, and is currently exploring a more in-depth study of sofrut.  Jenny lives in Cleveland, OH with her husband and two daughters.

She is available for the following commissions:

  • Ketubah commissions

Email Jenny

Jenny’s Website

Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye

Christchurch, New Zealand

Linda Kaye is our South Pacific soferet-in-training. She lives in the idyllic far north of New Zealand. Linda is a long-time Jewish educator. She is available for the following services:

  • Torah inspection repairs
  • Mezuzah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Educational programming
Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli

Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Yonah is available for the following:

  • New torah commissions
  • Mezuzah commissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Child education
  • Adult education
  • Birkot Habayit, miscellaneous artwork with calligraphic themes

Yonah’s Website

Rabbi Linda Motzkin

Rabbi Linda Motzkin

Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Rabbi Linda Motzkin is the founder of the Community Torah Project, a long-term endeavor providing learning opportunities for all ages in scribal arts and hands-on participation in the making of a Torah scroll. She has led programs and workshops throughout the United States and abroad and is available for educational programs in a variety of formats and settings. She has served as co-rabbi of Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs, New York since her rabbinic ordination in 1986.

  • Child education
  • Adult education
  • On site torah repair

 

Email Linda

Linda’s Website

Rachel "Bluth" Rosenbluth

Rachel "Bluth" Rosenbluth

Jerusalem, Israel

Bluth is a Jewish educator and talmida of Torah, dedicated to building meaningful, spiritual and sustainable Jewish communities. She currently lives in Yafo, is studying for Smicha at Beit Midrash Har’el, an orthodox smicha program in Jerusalem. She is the Program Director for Achvat Amim Ruchani, a five month volunteer program in Jerusalem, engaging with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – with Torah learning and meaningful Jewish practice as the foundation for peace building work.

She teaches Scribal Arts classes, along with Jewish meditation, Torah classes, and spiritual gatherings.

Bluth is available for the following commissions:

  • Adult Education
  • Private Classes
  • Mezuzah Commissions
  • Creative Art Pieces
  • Bencher Design

Email Bluth

Bluth’s Website

More of Bluth’s Work

Rachel Salston

Rachel Salston

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rachel is a fifth year student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.  She is available for the following commissions:

  • Torah repair
  • Tefillin repair
  • Child education
  • Adult education

Email Rachel

Julie Seltzer

Julie Seltzer

Beacon, NY

Julie Seltzer holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University, and has been working full-time as a scribe since 2009. She was scribe-in-residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA, and recently completed her third Torah for Tamid NYC, where she is currently Scholar-in-Residence. Before learning sofrut, Julie worked as the baker at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, creating weekly parsha-related challah art. She is currently writing a memoir that chronicles her spiritual journey, and lectures and runs workshops locally and nationally. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Julie now resides in the Hudson Valley with her Israeli mutt, Shusha. Her hand is featured on Sefaria’s homepage.

Julie is available for the following commissions:

  • New torah commissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Megillah commissions
  • Adult education
  • Child education

Email Julie

Julie’s Website

Rabbi Rachel Schoefeld

Rabbi Rachel Schoefeld

Boston, MA, USA

Rabbi Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld is a soferet in Boston.  She is the Rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash, in Newton Center, and the Education Director of Kahal Braira in Cambridge.  She particularly enjoys education as part of a Torah repair process.

See more about Rabbi Schoenfeld here: Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Havurah – Rabbi Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld

Rabbi Schoenfeld is available locally for the following services:

  • Sofrut education
  • Torah repair

Email Rabbi Rachel

Noam Sienna

Noam Sienna

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Noam Sienna is a Hebrew calligrapher, scholar, and manuscript artist, with degrees in religion, anthropology, education, and history from Brandeis University, the University of Toronto, and currently in progress at the University of Minnesota. His work explores the relationship between text, image, colour, and light, inspired by the tradition of Jewish books throughout the centuries, and with a particular focus on Jewish communities of the Middle East and North Africa. He has taught about Hebrew calligraphy and Jewish manuscript illumination to groups and individuals of all ages in both academic and hands-on settings. His graduate work in Jewish History and Museum Studies provides his art with deep roots and a commitment to seeing the past come alive again in the process.

Noam is available for the following commissions:

  • Mezuzah commissions
  • Ketubah commissions
  • Child education
  • Adult education

Noam’s Website

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