Space Mezuzah Auction: Fall 2019
Jeff Hoffman has placed several items that he brought with him into space up for auction. These items traveled with him on some of his five missions into space. Proceeds from the auction of his 1996 Flown Mezuzah will benefit the “Space Torah Project.” For auction information and to see a video about the mezuzah, please view the RRAuction webpage: https://www.rrauction.com/bidtracker_detail.cfm?IN=8523
Interviews and Filming
In November and April, the film production team filmed interviews with Jeff Hoffman that took place in the Museum of Science and at Jeff Hoffman’s home. Joining us from Canada for the November interview was Rabbi Shaul Osadchey. Rabbi Osadchey had a significant role in Jeff’s Jewish journey into space. He also made it possible for Jeff to bring many Jewish artifacts into space, including the first Torah scroll, in 1996. Janna Kaplan joined the interview in April. Janna is Lecturer in Psychology and Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University’s Graybiel Lab, specializing in Neuropsychology and Space Research. Janna is currently involved with the emerging commercial spaceflight industry.
Sharing the Story with the Wider Community
“A Torah Turning in Orbit: A Jewish Journey in Space.” On November 8, 2018 we hosted a conversation with Jeff Hoffman, Rabbi Osadchey and Rachel Raz, at Temple Emanuel in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. For Jeff and Rabbi Osadchey, this was a reunion after not seeing each other for over a decade. The goal of the conversation was to provide an opportunity for people to hear their story in person and ask questions. The event was in collaboration with Temple Emunah of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Rachel Raz and Jeff Hoffman’s conversation was broadcast on November 11, 2018 as part of the Global Day of Jewish Learning: On Air in a video segment entitled, “Torah in Orbit: Jewish Journey in Space.”
Spring 2018: Space Torah Newsletter
Get up-to-date with everything that has been…and will be going on with the project heading into summer .
“From Sinai to Outer Space” | Rachel’s Article in eJewish Philanthropy
Read Rachel’s reflections about the Space Torah around Shavuot
Space Torah Touches down in Mississippi
In late June, Executive Producer Rachel Raz did a presentation for education professionals working with students of all ages titled “The First Torah in Space: What Lessons can we learn from it?” at a conference sponsored by the Institute of Southern Jewish Life – http://www.isjl.org/. Participants were amazed to learn about the Space Torah experience, and were enthusiastic about the possibility of having a film to tell this story that they could use in their classrooms.
Rachel was joined by Rabbi Gideon Estes of Congregation Or Ami in Houston, where the Space Torah resides. Together, they explored ways in which the Torah continues to inspire new generations, and discussed the work his congregation has put into preserving and celebrating the Space Torah.
Rachel Raz with Rabbis Jeremy Simons and Gideon Estes
Induction into the Jewish Hall of Fame
|On May 17th, when Jeffrey Hoffman, along with fellow astronaut Judith Resnik (posthumously), was inducted into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, he joined such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Louis Brandeis, and Elie Wiesel. The Space Torah Project team was there to record the event. Dr. Hoffman concluded his remarks by recognizing the efforts of Rachel Raz and expressing his hopes for a film that will allow people everywhere to share in this story.||
Dr. Hoffman receives his Hall of Fame Medallion