logo - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

About Us

In July 2006, the Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider opened to the public. It is situated in the new Shrine of the Book complex at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The aim of the Center is to introduce visitors to topics related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical manuscripts, the Second Temple Period, archaeological excavations at Qumran, and the architecture and symbolism of the Shrine of the Book, by broadening their knowledge and providing them with the tools necessary for further research. In addition, the Center intends to develop informal educational programs, as well as databases, computer programs, and artistic means related to the topics mentioned above.

We are currently digitizing the manuscripts and the archaeological collection on display at the Shrine of the Book. At this stage we are pleased to present the first two scrolls online: the entire Temple Scroll, and the Great Isaiah Scroll. This project was envisioned and funded by George Blumenthal, the Center for Online Judaic Studies.  We look forward to developing this project further with additional scrolls to be digitized in the near future.

Dr. Adolfo Roitman
Head of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls


Website, text, and photos copyright © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995 - 2006.