Sonoma County Virtual Jewish Film Festival

Commandment 613

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American rabbi Kevin Hale, the son of refugees from Nazi Germany, joyfully practices the sacred craft of a Torah scribe, restoring handwritten scrolls that contain the first five books of the Bible and are central to Jewish life. As his work takes him to communities entrusted with scrolls saved in Czechoslovakia during World War II, he reflects on his path from secular Judaism to a life of faith and practice – and the many ways to fulfill the final commandment in the Torah: to write the scroll itself. 

Rabbi Hale is authorized by the Memorial Scrolls Trust. Learn more about the 1,564 memorial Czech scrolls saved during the Shoah.

All Season Pass and Ticket-holders are invited to join Rabbi Hale, director & producer Miriam Lewin, and camera and editor Randi Cecchine in a special live Q&A on Thursday, October 14, at 6:00 pm. The Zoom link will be emailed two days before the event.


  • Year
  • Runtime
    23 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Miriam Lewin
  • Producer
    Miriam Lewin
  • Editor
    Randi Cecchine