A Plan to Care for Your Torah You have spoken – We have listened.By popular demand and for the first time ever, congregations can now sign up for a money savings Torah Care Insurance. This plan offers communities the benefit of both keeping their Torahs Kosher indefinitely (after they have been restored) while saving congregations much necessary funds.The Need:Every congregation knows and wants their Torahs to be Kosher. Every congregation knows that from time to time they will have to fix and repair these scrolls, at a cost. Every congregation wants however to reduce the cost of these repairs as funds are very limited.The Problem: At some point in time most congregations have had their Torahs restored at a great cost. It creates a false belief that now their scrolls are good for 5, 7 or even 10 years before they need to be reviewed again. When the Torahs are eventually examined, the report reveals an extensive expense to once again bring them back to a Kosher status. As a result, most community board’s push off the next restoration phase for a long time, just to find out the repair quotes gets higher and higher.How can this cycle be broken?The Consideration: A Torah, even if it has been made Kosher, does not remain permanently in this condition. After a short while, it will begin to deteriorate. The process escalates after one or two years of neglect. After five years lacking maintenance, the scrolls condition can be close to where it was before the last restoration. By the time it has been ten years since the last check-up, the cost of repair now requires a major undertaking.The “solution” therefore is to prevent the scroll from deteriorating immediately after restoration is completed and thereby saving the congregation thousands of dollars over the years.The Fact: It is estimated that the cost to repair a scroll of 75 years and older (which is the average age of most scrolls owned by the majority of congregations today), can be as high $15k or more over 20 years!The Result: Today more and more Torah scrolls are neglected, not being restored and are not Kosher, because of the estimated high cost to repair them. The worry is that even if they are restored, the cost will repeat itself in a few years again anyway. The downward cycle continues and the scrolls are the losers as they continue to deteriorate.The Solution:The Sofer On Site Torah Maintenance Plan (TMP). This TMP was developed, in part, to satisfy the need for economical Torah care and ensure it remains within a realistic and affordable budget. The Price? Plans begin as low as $18 a month or just over $200 yearly per scroll.
A Simple Plan: We offer to come in once a year and perform maintenance on your scrolls, on site. We intend to gain two major objectives:•Our regular Torah care visits will ensure your scrolls will never require full restoration again!•The cost to care for your scrolls will be reduced by over 90%!How Does It Work? After a Torah has been restored, we sign you up for our TMP. We will come in to visit your scroll(s) once a year to perform the necessary maintenance on site. All you pay is your yearly TMP fee and the share of travel for that visit. You will be guaranteed that your scroll(s) will remain Kosher and not require any additional restoration as long as you are participating in the TMP!Now that is a Money saving idea!What is the cost? After we have restored your scroll, you can sign up for one of the plans. Select a plan that works best for you. Contact usfor more information on fees and costs.Your TMP is intended to ensure that your Torahs remains in a Kosher state indefinitelyProviding that: •The congregations TMP payments are current and up-to-date•Scrolls are rolled and wrapped correctly as will be demonstrated and directed by SOS (see our Holy Rollers Guide)•There isn’t any major fluctuation in temperature in the ark•These items should be installed when required: a humidifier, DampRid® or fan