Dead Sea Scrolls stir pride in Jewish communityEvents involving the Dead Sea Scrolls always seem to draw more interest than the organizers expect.
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Jan. 29, 2010
When organizers started planning Sunday's Jewish community event around the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, they were hoping for 100, maybe 150, takers.
No one expected the overwhelming response that is propelling Jewish Night at the Museum into one of the largest events in the local Jewish community in years.
As of Friday, more than 500 people had registered.
They are drawn not only by the scrolls - these 2,000-year-old remnants of Jewish texts excavated from caves in the Judean desert - but also, according to organizers, a sense of pride and community.