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Torah scroll focus of program

Rabbi Gary Ellison will speak about Linfield College’s 200-year-old Yemenite Torah scroll Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Ellison will speak on Yemenite Judaism and the practices surrounding the Torah scroll. The Torah scroll will be on display before and after the presentation.

The scroll, donated to Linfield last year by Cindy Boyce, was written in an Arabian Jewish Scriptorium by Yemenite Jews about 200 years ago. It is now housed in special collections at Nicholson Library.

Ellison received a master’s degree in Hebrew letters and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. He received his B.A. in comparative religion from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has been a congregational rabbi in Modesto, Calif., and Salem. Ellison has served as advisor to the Linfield Jewish Student Association for the past three years, and has served as guest lecturer for several courses. He also serves as a resource on campus for students and faculty.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Nicholson Library, Linfield’s Department of Religious Studies and the Chaplain’s Office. For more information, contact David Massey, Linfield chaplain, at 503-883-2259, dmassey@linfield.edu.