Questions & AnswersQ: Why are you called Sofer On Site?A: Usually a Torah is brought to a sofer to repair. We travel to the scrolls and provide all Torah care on-site.Q: What is a Sofer?A: A Sofer is a Jewish scholar (usually an ordained rabbi) who has studied and mastered the art and the laws pertaining to scribing and restoring a Torah, tefillin and/or mezuzot.Q: Will you actually do work at my Synagogue?A: Yes. We offer to come and complete all necessary Torah repair work at your location while providing a wide range of enlightening and inspiring educational programs.Q: Are members allowed to watch Torahs being repaired?A: Yes, of course. We encourage as many people to come in, watch, ask questions and get excited about their Torahs!Q: Do you also have classes on how Torahs are made?A: Yes. All the Sofrim (scribes) at Sofer On Site are master educators and storytellers who come highly recommended for their intuitive ability to teach and inspire all ages about the making and care of Torahs. Our programs include hands on activities for young and old, in-depth classes and lectures as well as a full spread educational curriculum.Q: How often do you travel?A: The sofrim at Sofer On Site are on the road almost every week of the year. Except on Shabbat and other Jewish Holidays, we are always available.Q: Besides repair, do you also sell new Torahs?A: Yes. Sofer On Site is the center for selling new Torah scrolls. Whether newly commissioned scrolls or fully written scrolls ready to pick up, we have them all in a variety of qualities at competitive prices. Q: Do you also sell pre-owned Torahs?A: Yes. We offer many pre-owned scrolls on our website. Click here. In addition, when congregations want to sell their scrolls and others are interested in purchasing pre-owned scrolls, we are the matchmaker for such needs.Q: Do you offer fundraising projects? A: Yes. Sofer On Site is renowned for its unifying and uplifting community based fundraising Torah Projects. Over the past 25 years, we have helped congregations raise over $30,000,000! What an achievement!!Q: How much can you help us fundraise?A: Our rule of thumb is: For every 100 families, a congregation can raise an average of $100,000.Q: Can women & children participate in scribing a Torah?A: Yes, absolutely!Q: Do you have references?A: Please contact us for a long list of references. In the meantime, please visit our website and Click Here to view hundreds of testimonials
Q: How often should a Torah be checked?A: Once every year. Scrolls can deteriorate over time and become Pasul - not fit for ritual usage. To prevent a costly repair, please be sure to have your Torah(s) inspected and maintained yearly. Sofer On Site offers a well priced “Torah Maintenance Plan” which provides all the necessary Torah care a synagogue will ever need. Q: What can I do to help take care of my Torah?A: A Torah scroll should be rolled monthly to ensure its longevity. Looking after a Torah is a great mitzvah and doing it correctly is the right thing to do. We offer educational training classes. Please ask us about our famed “Holy Rollers Torah Care Program”.Q: Can you tell us where & how long ago our Torah was written? A: Yes. We are trained in the art and history of Torah scribing. While you will never find a scribe’s signature or a marking to identify where and when it was written, the style and make of the parchment, the way the seams are stitched together and of course the style of script all add up to reveal the origins of a particular scroll.Q: Can you appraise Torahs for Insurance purposes? A: Yes. Sofer On Site has been providing this exclusive and specialized service for over 25 years. After an evaluation, we prepare individual insurance approved appraisal documents for every scroll. Q: Are your classes for children only?A: No. Our Sofrim are all famed public speakers and educators. We specialize in engaging and entertaining programs and hands on presentations for children and adults.Q: Do you repair Scrolls in your workshop in Miami? A: Our Miami workshop is fully equipped and set up for Torah repair work of all types and complexities. We receive scrolls at our workshop needing repairs from all over the world. Q: As a small congregation, are fundraisers for us too?A: Assisting small congregations with fundraising to support a Torah care campaign is one of our specialties. It is not a “one glove fits all” approach but rather we tailor our tools and guidance to fit your needs and budget. Our fundraising campaigns have not only helped congregations cover the costs of the repairs, but also provide a most needed resource of funds.Q: Do you sell Torah ornaments such as Torah poles, silver ornaments and Torah covers?A: We provide all items related to Torah. Please visit our click here to see what we offer.Q: Do you enjoy being a Sofer?A: There is nothing better! We love Jews and we love Torah and we are honored to work with both. See you soon!