Yiddish Response to Gun Violence

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Yiddish Response to Gun Violence

On Thursday evening, September 18, Harrisburg, PA will host a gathering of Heeding God’s Call, an interfaith state-wide organization established to fight gun violence and eliminate the practice of straw buying of firearms.  I will be representing the Jewish community by singing Avrom Reisen’s Dos Naye Lid and leading the assembled in Adrienne Cooper’s version of Volt Ikh Gehat Koyekh. More information about Heeding God’s Call is available...

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Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

The simple description of this ketubah – round, monochromatic, featuring papercut with grapes and pomegranates – belies the visual interest that pulls you into the ketubah. The couple knew at the outset that they would be using a traditional text, and that to honor the bride’s grandparents, they would want a bee for grandmom’s Hebrew name, and a harp to acknowledge granddad’s being a Levi.  We talked back and forth and Skyped designs, and finally settled on a traditional text in circle, lettered in a lovely, soft taupe, paint mixed to match the mat board I had purchased with the bride and groom in mind. The tiniest raised dots of gold leaf placed at the ‘waistline’ of the letters that ring the ketubah text catch the light and add an additional dimension to the piece. I mounted the text so that it floats above the background mat, and created a presentation folder (as I do for all my ketubot) with a small flap cut from the acetate cover so that when signing, nobody would risk snagging the delicate papercut....

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A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Prepare to be dazzled, again, Madison, Wisconsin, when Jewish culture stars return to lead a summer KlezKamp experience!  You want a dance experience led by Jill Gellerman and supported by the best live music?  A rollicking glimpse of Yiddish through the eyes of Michael Wex and Miriam Isaacs?  Henry Sapoznik’s inimitable insights into recorded Yiddish culture?  You want to sing?  To take musical instruction with Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and others???  AH! Then head to the U of Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 27, 2014!  Check out the details HERE.  I’m in!  Come join...

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All the Difference Custom Painting

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Custom Painting

I was commissioned to create a simple piece of art to present to a speaker who had traveled from Israel to address a large audience.  Assuming suitcase space for the flight home would be at a premium, this piece is quite small, about 10″...

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Gift for a Cantor

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Gift for a Cantor

A synagogue approached me to craft a gift for a beloved cantor who was preparing to move away.  In consulation with the rabbi, a passage from the teachings of Rebbe Nachman bubbled up as the perfect text, for it had been the focus of study within the congregation and honors the work of prayerful singing.  The design is most simply a collection of endangered Israeli wildflowers, a nod to the recipient’s love of nature.  I delight in creating work that brings people together and captures...

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Physician’s Prayer – personalized

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Physician’s Prayer – personalized

For his 50th birthday, parents chose to commission a hand-lettered and illuminated physician’s prayer to hang in their son’s office. We all sat down together, and the wish list developed around the core text (sometimes referred to as the Prayer of Maimonides), a Hebrew poem by Yehuda ha Levi that synthesizes the same intentions, and a shopping list of personal imagery.  This was the first time that I studied the varied markings and colorings of the boa constrictor!  As a young person, the recipient had raised a pet boa, and it was his choice to have that family pet wrap around the staff of Asclepius! In the night sky (painted in 4 layers of watercolor wash) hangs the constellation of Orion, and winding around the piece on the left side is the passage from the Torah about the pole that Moses is instructed to fabricate in order to stop a plague among the recalcitrant Israelites.  This image, later interpreted in Greek myth as the Rod of Ascelpius, and then accidentally conflated with the Caduseus of Mercury, stands as a symbol of healing today. Additional personal inserts include the names of family members in micrographic lettering, a raised gold star of David, and flecks of mica in the night sky, barely visible, but sometimes catching the light to glitter. The piece was framed in 8-ply mat and frame molding that honors the respectful and solemn intentions of the words....

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