become the first airline to maintain an authentic Torah Scroll on board its
aircraft. The "Sky-Torah," handwritten according to Jewish custom by a
professional Jewish Scribe especially for the airline, is the first of its
kind. The Torah will enhance the prayers of those who are in the skies,
praying in the closest place to God in the world.
Keeping a traditional Torah Scroll*, on an aircraft is the idea of
Rabbi Shlomo Elharar, Chief Rabbi of Colombia, South America. After years
of hard work towards this dream, the Torah is finally ready to be installed
permanently on board one of Israir's aircrafts.
The Torah will be completed December 27 in Aventura, Florida, and will
be escorted to JFK Airport in New York for a welcome celebration, and then
The Torah will be welcomed on its way to Israel with a grand
celebration in JFK Airport, Terminal 4, December 28, 12:00 pm. The Torah
will be carried under a traditional "chuppah," with singing, dancing, live
music, children and important Rabbis and dignitaries in attendance.
The Torah is dedicated to the Chief Rabbi of Colombia and to the fallen
soldiers of Israel, and those still in captivity.
The event will take place December 28, 2006, at 12:00pm at JFK Airport.
For more information or to RSVP: Yossi Soffer -- 917-428-6317
* About the Torah Scroll
A Torah Scroll is the holiest book within Judaism, made up of the five
books of Moses. It must be written by a specially trained scribe called a
sofer. A sofer must know more than 4,000 Judaic laws before writing a
Torah, which takes about a year. A single missing or misshapen letter
invalidates the entire Torah. The Torah we use today is written exactly
the same way the Torah was written the first time by Moses 3,300 years
About Israir Airlines
Established in 1996, Israir Airlines is the second largest airline in
Israel. Its elite fleet of Boeing 767-300 and 757-200 aircraft offers
international flights between Israel and New York, the Mediterranean and
Europe, as well as domestic flights between Ben Gurion and Eilat.
SOURCE Israir Airlines