A documentary film by Michelle Paymar


“Erudite and Entertaining…”

The Times of Israel

The story of an astonishing collection of ancient manuscripts hidden for centuries in a Cairo synagogue, and their remarkable odyssey to the modern world.


In 1896, Solomon Schechter entered the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Cairo and discovered a vast treasure trove of manuscripts that revolutionized our understanding of Jewish history and illuminated a thousand years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world.

Essential viewing for academic and general audiences:

  • Jewish Studies

  • Religious Studies

  • Medieval Studies

  • Library & Archival Studies

  • Public Libraries