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The Dorot Information and Study Center
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The Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in Memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider

The Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, established in memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider, is the newest feature in the Shrine of the Book complex, which also includes the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, the Dorot Auditorium, a seminar room, and, of course, the Shrine of the Book itself. Though it is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the Information and Study Center is essentially equivalent to the ancient scriptorium in which generations of Jewish sages composed and inscribed the nation’s canonical texts.

You are welcome to enjoy the variety of facilities available at the Center: peruse the Scrolls and embark on virtual journeys at the information stands; enrich your knowledge of such topics as the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore artifacts from Qumran, biblical history, and the architecture of the Shrine of the Book at the computer stations; and view films illustrating and documenting these subjects in the screening corner. The Information Center staff is happy to provide visitors with additional information and to assist with questions.

Inspired by the unique architecture of the Shrine of the Book, the artist Ariel Malka has created the digital installation projected on the circular wall at the Center. JavaScriptorium explores the evolving concept of “sacred place” throughout the history of the Jewish people. Composed of words taken from the Bible and the Scrolls, the work is inspired by the micrographic art found in medieval Hebrew manuscripts. Its power derives from its inherent tension: on the one hand, it is the product of today’s technology, which is at the cutting edge of development yet constantly outdates itself; on the other hand, it is made of words which have an eternal power to move, stimulate, and fortify the spirit of human beings on a quest for meaning in their lives.

Tel. 02-6332564
The Information Center will be closed until further notice.

Dorot Auditorium 

The films "A Human Sanctuary" and "Rebirth: The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls" are normally screened in the auditorium every half hour, on Sun, Mon, Wed, and Thurs at 11:00 and 11:30, at no extra charge
"A Human Sanctuary" is a feature film about the Judean Desert sect based on information derived from ancient literature and archaeological finds.  It tells the story of three, young Jews who lived during the final days of the Second Temple Period.

"Rebirth: The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls" documents the discovery of the scrolls and construction of the Shrine of the Book.

The Dorot Auditorium is closed on Saturdays
Tel. 02-6332566


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