The Mezuzah Project


February 27, 2017

Congregation Etz Chaim invites you to join us for a very special event, The Mezuzah Project.  On Sunday, March 26th from 3-5 pm, we will gather at the Synagogue in celebration of a new Mezuzah commissioned to represent the commitment to our home in Wilton Manors. Meet Soferet Julie Seltzer and artist Phyllis Berger, the co-creators of our finished Mezuzah.

When complete and affixed at the entry of our Synagogue, this Mezuzah will represent our Jewish tradition to build a home for ourselves and to all those whose faith insists on a just society.

The Mezuzah has become a vital symbol for Jews over the centuries and across the globe. Literally meaning “doorpost”, a Mezuzah consists of a parchment scroll, Klaf, inscribed with the most fundamental verses of the Torah, the Shema.  Written only by a trained scribe, Sofer or Soferet, the scrolls are then placed in decorative cases and hung at the entry of a Jewish home and gathering spaces.  For millennia, the sight of a mezuzah has served as a beacon of welcome and safety.

A Mezuzah represents home and community.  For our Etz Chaim Mezuzah, we reach out to our family and neighbors to participate in its creation.  Please support this project, and in doing so help grow our home into a center of tradition, spiritual strength, and learning.

This fundraising event affords everyone in the community an opportunity to both celebrate with us and help Etz Chaim continue to provide social programming, services and support to the LGBTQA community here at home.

Now more than ever, we thank you for standing with us.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

The Mezuzah Project
$5400 – Sponsor Soferet Julie Seltzer
$3600 – Sponsor Mezuzah case
$3600 – Sponsor Klaf
$3600 – Sponsor Donors Plaque


The Mezuzah Project



Klaf – Minyan of Donations:
$5400 – Yad Moshe, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the name of God
$3600 – Yad Devorah, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the Shema
$2500 – Yad Mordechai, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the Vi’ahavta
$1800 – Yad Esther, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the word Tzedakah (righteousness)
$1000 – Yad Elijah, reserved for those who wish to sponsor two entire verses
$500 – Yad Avraham, reserved for those who wish to sponsor one entire verse
$360 – Yad Sarah, reserved for those who wish to sponsor one passage
$180 – Yad Rachel, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the word, Beracha (blessing)
$118 – Yad David, reserved for those who wish to sponsor the word Mitzvah
$18 – Yad haTorah, reserved for those who wish to sponsor one letter. (May also sponsor two for $36)


Klaf – Minyan of Donations


If you prefer to mail or bring in your sponsorship donation, you can use the form here