B Benarroch – SoferSTaM is based in Golders Green, London. We specialise in traditional Safrut – Hebrew Scribal Caligraphy.
We also do repairs serving both the London Jewish community as well as the wider UK community and Europe.
Sifrei Torah repairs, requests for Tefillin and Mezuzot are regularly received from communal and private individuals throughout the UK including Spain, Amsterdam and GermanyBernard Benarroch started off helping and working with his father in Safrus for many years.
Bernard, also known as Binyomin, is a certified Sofer Stam from the Va’ad L’Mishmeres Stam which is the established worldwide and Israeli Institute for Soferim based in B’nai Brak under Rav Klein.
The Mishmeres Stam requires a high pass rate on the understanding of the 4000 intricate halachot and theoretical scenarios of Safrut – Sheyelot (questions and solutions).
Additionally, he has received (Kaboloh) technical and practical Shimush from his father, and even from his brother, David, who is Certified under Bedatz Yerushalayim- Paskaning for other Sofrim – it is a family business. Rabbi Amram Ohonona A’H and Rabbi Yehuda Grossman have given additional Shimush (practical) and guidance as well as hands-on experience.
Having been based at home for the over 15 years – in 2016 Benard opened up the first Safrut-Sofer STaM retail High Street shop in the UK and probably in Europe since the War.
The shop/workshop has brought ease for the consumer to be able to pop during opening hours to serve their Safrut needs. This has been welcomed and utilised by the local community and wider communities beyond expectation.
All the Manuscript Examples that you see as well as all the pictures on this website have all been designed and handwritten by Bernard Benarroch who lives in Golders Green, London.
Any Safrut enquiries can be direct to the +44 (0) 20 84557700 or you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of this basic Safrus website is to be informative and educational.
As Sofrim (scribes) we feel that we are doing sacred work and Safrus is not just a commercial commodity.
Over the years we have found that our business is best run on recommendation and on a personal face to face basis. Nevertheless, we are delighted to scan actual items for those who do not live in our catchment area of North West London, on a one to one personal basis so that they can be emailed if you cannot attend in person.
Furthermore, much of our work involves the examining and repairing of STaM and this cannot be done without seeing the work involved/items and in person.
We hope you take time to look at the Manuscript Examples section (please be patient as it loads) – below is an example of a Family MIZRACH on Klaf – parchment.
We hope you find the website useful and informative. If you have any queries or questions please contact us. Tel: 020 8455 7700.
A Sofer is best described as a “Scribe”, but unlike the term in English, a Hebrew scribe is more than just a calligrapher. The Sofer writes in the exact manner as has been transmitted for thousands of years from generation to generation. The Sofer is constantly conscious of the letters and words he is writing. He must have the correct Kavona (concentration) particularly whilst writing the names describing Hashem.
The Sofer Stam is also an examiner of Sifrei Torah, Megillot, Tefillin, Mezuzot and all forms of Tashmishei Kedusha.
In fact, STAM is the acronym of the first Hebrew letter Samech standing for Sefer Torah, the second letter being Taf, standing for Tefillin and the final letter being Mem standing for Mezuzot. This has been the traditional term in describing a certified Sofer who has received a Semicha or Kabalah from a recognised authority and learnt from experienced soferim.
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