Dead Sea Scrolls curator lectures this month

Dead Sea ScrollsAldolphe Roitman, the curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls, speaks at a “lunch and learn” meeting at noon, Monday, Sept. 16 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University and the Youngstown Area Jewish Community Center.

Cost for the lunch is $5. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 330-746-3250. Tickets can be bought on the day of the event for $8.

Roitman is curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Roitman, who is also an ordained conservative rabbi, is a world-renowned expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He travels the world lecturing on the Scrolls and has authored multiple books, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes, Envisioning the Temple. Scrolls, Stones and Symbols, and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in the West Bank, about a mile inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, and are the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible.