Did you know that there are many Shuls and Yeshivot throughout Israel who do not currently possess their own Sefer Torah?
This website is the home of The Sefer Torah Recycling Network — its Background & History, what we’ve done to date, what we plan for the future and how YOU can help.
The Sefer Torah Recycling Network has been zocha to have facilitated 13 Sifrei Torah acquisitions, restorations and placements in needy locations exclusively in Israel. Only through YOUR kind and generous donations can we continue our mission.
With the placement of Yishuv Adura’s Sefer Torah, The Sefer Torah Recycling Network, has seen to acquiring, restoring and placing 13 Sifrei Torah in needy locations over the past 13 years. Yishuv Adura received its Sefer Torah before Pesach and leyned from the Sefer during Yom Tov. The Hachnasat Sefer Torah celebration was held on Wdnesday, May, 31, 2007. For coverage of the celebration, click here and here.
Additional pictures from the celebration can be viewed by clicking here.
On behalf of the residents of Yishuv Adura, I want to thank all who helped and supported my fundraising efforts to acquire and facilitate repairs of the Sefer Torah which has been donated to Yishuv Adura in memory of the 5 residents who were terror victims. Tizke L’Mitzvot!
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YOUR help is needed and is crucial to this endeavor. In short, the donor or donors of a Sefer Torah, or those helping to locate, and to acquire a Sefer Torah via donation, are as if they had reached into their own pockets or bank accounts and donated three, four or more thousands of US$. We seek used but idle Kosher Sifrei Torah, or Sifrei Torah in posul condition in need of minimal repairs to restore them to Kosher condition for placement in numerous other worthy, economically needy locations in Israel.
Other locations seeking Sifrei Torah include Yeshiva Zichron David in Ramat Beit Shemesh, three Kehillot in Beitar Illit; including the Russian Kehilla/Yeshiva Ohel Avraham and Beit Knesset Mifal Hashem, the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education in Hod HaSharon, a Timani Shul in Katamon in Jerusalem, a Kehilla in Nachlaot, in Jerusalem which davens in a bomb shelter as well as many more locations throughout Israel.
Donors in the US, please make out your tax deductible checks as follows: “Jerusalem Education Fund”, with a note on both the Memo line of the check and on the envelope “Mark Burt & Sefer Torah Recycling Network” and mail to “Jerusalem Education Fund”, c/o Gross, 20 Rolling Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096. Be sure to include your address. Upon request, a tax-deductible receipt for your donation will be mailed to you.
(Please note that “Jerusalem Education Fund” is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization. It’s EIN is: 23-2751591.)
For ongoing news coverage and commentary regarding Gush Katif and the Shomron as well as news regarding the refugees, click here for the blog, and for coverage of the run up to the expulsion from 15 July thru 15 October, 2005 click here.
Please watch this site for a multi-media presentation about The Sefer Torah Recycling Network coming in the future.
For coverage of recent Hachnasat Sefer Torah Celebrations, please click here.
Moshe has written numerous Divrei Torah, as well as commentary on current news events and reflections from
his 12 day journey back to the “Old Country” in November and early December, 2004. To read some of these articles, click here.
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Just over fourteen years ago, before having made Aliyah, I founded a project which I call "The Sefer Torah
Between December, 1994 and the present, we have seen to receiving, repairing and placing 13 Sifrei Torah in needy locations in Eretz Yisrael, most recently in Kever Rachel, in Yishuv Adura and a new community in Yishuv Neve Daniel. Each Sefer Torah has a story uniquely it’s own.
However, we are desperately in need of both additional restorable donated Sifrei Torah and donations of funds in order for the Sefer Torah Recycling Network to continue it’s mission: providing restored and renewed Sifrei Torah for many more needy and worthy communities, Shuls and Yeshivot. In short, without your help via donations of funds and used, restorable Sifrei Torah, we cannot, on a “seat of the pants” basis on a -0- budget, continue to fulfill this Mitzvah much longer.
It is said that one is truly connected to a place only when that place is a Mokom Torah through the ownership of it’s own Sefer Torah. As a lover of B’nai Yisrael and of Eretz Yisrael, I’m sure that you share my wish that every location in Eretz Yisrael, regardless of economic means, be Mokomot Torah. Imagine the level of Kedusha when all of the neshamot who have lained from, touched and kissed a Sefer Torah in the past, in it’s previous home, unite with all of the neshamot yet to lain from, touch and kiss the Sefer Torah here in Eretz Yisroel.
This chesed affords both financial donors and donors of Sifrei Torah the opportunity to take part in possessing Eretz Yisrael.
To facilitate donations to fulfill the mission of The Sefer Torah Recycling Network, a Sponsorship donation program has been initiated. We seek to raise both donations to defray the costs of the current Sifrei Torah restoration projects as well as to raise seed funds in order to set up an Amutah or a Non-Profit Company in Israel as well as establishing a 501-C3 Non-profit organization in our own right in the US, to employ Sofrim ongoing to restore what is hoped will be a steady flow of Sifrei Torah and to locate donors of, or economic purchase of Sifrei Torah via all medium. In short, we seek to establish The Sefer Torah Recycling Network as an ongoing, serious project with all of the implications it entails.
Donors in the US, please make tax deductible donation checks out to either to: “Congregation Ahavas Torah Tzedakah Fund” with a note on both the Memo line of the check and on the envelope: “Mark Burt and Sefer Torah Recycling Network” and mail to: Congregation Ahavas Torah Tzedakah Fund", 1425 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.
For those needing to make their donations out to a 501-C3 Non-profit organization, please make checks out to “Jerusalem Education Fund” (EIN # 23-2751591), with a note on both the Memo line of the check and on the envelope “Mark Burt & Sefer Torah Recycling Network” and mail to “Jerusalem Education Fund”, c/o Gross, 20 Rolling Road, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.
Upon request and with inclusion of your return address, a tax-deductible receipt for your donation will be mailed to you.
Donors in Canada, please make your tax deductible checks out to “JBRASS” (BN#864426911RR0001) and mail to; “The Sefer Torah Recycling Network”, 46 Meadowbrook Road, Apt. 6, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6B 2S6. Please mark on the envelope (and if possible attach a stick’em memo to the check) saying “Mark Burt & Sefer Torah Recycling Network.” Upon receipt, a tax-deductible receipt for your donation will be mailed to you.
In Israel, please make donations checks out to me:
"Mark (מרק) Burt (בארט)"
Rechov Nachal Dolev #34/12
Ramat Beit Shemesh 99621
and email me for mailing instructions at email@example.com.
For the convenience of all donors, you can now donate on-line through the use of your paypal account and/or your credit card. Simply copy the email address; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, then click on: , paste the copied email address into the “Recipient’s email” field, enter the amount of your donation, type in your desired note and send. No paypal account, no problem! Just send your donation via your credit card.
I want to thank you in advance for your heartfelt assistance. Tizku L’Mitzvot!!
More pages on our site:
Recent Sefer Torah Celebrations
Halachic Information Portal for Kohanim
About Moshe Burt, Founder/Director: Professional Background
Moshe Burts’ Shidduch Resume
About The Sefer Torah Recycling Network
This inspirational article recently appeared online. It speaks to the deep meaning one Jew places in a Sefer Torah:
Healing a trampled sole by Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn
The Sefer Torah Recycling Network is priviledged to have affiliation with Artscroll as well as Soncino publishers as well as Ahuva Judaica. You can help to finance our mission simply by clicking on the links above or on the banners below to purchase S’forim or Judaica online from these merchants.
It is anticipated that The Sefer Torah Recycling Network will affiliate with at least one other Judaica publisher as well as with online merchants of a number of other Judaica products.
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