Logo – The Shalom Center

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Logo – The Shalom Center

Many years ago I designed the logo for The Shalom Center.  At the time it was a simple image printed in one color ink on the organization’s publications.  It has since become a rainbow design which takes the simple lettering to a whole new level!...

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Generations Learning

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Generations Learning

This work was commissioned to honor the memory of a man whose heart and energy was given to the children in his synagogue’s Hebrew school.  It’s large, and sparkles with mica flecks in the background, so it attracts children’s attention where it hangs prominently in the...

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Torah Mantle for Rescued Scroll

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 2 comments

Torah Mantle for Rescued Scroll

Some 1,500 Torah scrolls were confiscated from Czech Jewish communities during the Holocaust, and many have been restored and respectfully placed in thriving new communities where they are in use today.  Goucher College Hillel in Baltimore, Maryland acquired one such scroll, and after extensive restoration, it has been put into service at the college. I was given the honor of crafting a new mantle and wimple (sash or binder) for the scroll.  Students were encouraged to fill out a questionnaire I designed, and from those answers and consultation with the Hillel directors, we decided that this cover would be muted earth tones with a tree in full leaf representing continuity of life.  The Hebrew words L’Dor Va’dor (from generation to generation) provide a connection to this and future generations of college students who will read from the scroll.  Tiny Czech glass rocaille beads embellish the letters. The mantle cover is constructed of silks – raw, shantung, and dupionne.  Thickly quilted and lined, with hardwood rings on the top, this mantle will serve for years and years to honor and protect a precious rescued...

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Beyn Gavra

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Beyn Gavra

A happy byproduct of the explosion of interest in Jewish ritual arts over the last 30 years is that people have been delving deep and ‘recovering’ a knowledge of objects and ceremonies that have gathered generations of dust in many American Jewish communities.  The Beyn Gavra is one such object.  Though many people are familiar with the custom of respectfully covering the Torah scroll with a decorative cloth or it’s mantle during lulls between readings, most people are unfamiliar with the name of this covering.  The Beyn Gavra has recently been embraced as yet another opportunity for congregations to involve in the act of “hiddur mitzvah,” the enhancement of ritual observance by making it beautiful. Here is a needlepoint Beyn Gavra I designed for a synagogue. It was crafted by several different needleworkers working on small looms.  When completed, the segments were professionally assembled.  I sewed a sleeve onto the back so it served as a focal object hung next to the ark when it was not in use over the Torah scroll.  I painted the needlepoint scrim, counting the holes so that the designs on all four sides lined up exactly when finished and assembled. Sadly, this piece was lost in an accidental fire that destroyed the synagogue.  Lost, too, were the needlepoint doors of the ark and the 5 Torah mantles, each of which I had designed.  One of the remarkable stories that came from the event is that the mantles, heavily stitched in wool and perle cotton and backed with heavy velvet, took the brunt of the heat, water, and soot that destroyed the ark, and served to protect the scrolls, 4 of which were restored after the...

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In Every Generation

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

In Every Generation

For many years, Professor Yehudi Lindeman and Irene Angelico have conducted a special annual seder on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Commemmoration Day. They developed their own beautiful hagaddah, a guidebook to those who wish to recreate the ritual.  I was honored to be asked to create some few calligraphic touches for the book that was recently published by Vehicule Press in Montreal. This panel translates roughly to mean “In every generation one should look to oneself as though he or she had personally left Egypt.” The original painting is lettered in gouache over a watercolor wash....

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Synagogue Datestone

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

Synagogue Datestone

A love and respect for lettering arts means that I often have a knee-jerk reaction to seeing Hebrew letters pulled up from a website with no real understanding of their historic forms.  My reaction to seeing a rough computer rendering of this datestone had me jump to say, “Please, let me hand letter this!”  This is not my first rendering ‘carved in stone’ as it were, and it pleases me greatly to see it...

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