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

Students at the Goucher College Hillel responded to a questionnaire I constructed with requests that one of their two Torah mantles feature “jewel tones” and a way to convey to future students and visitors that Goucher has provided an inclusive, inspiring springboard for life within and beyond the college campus.  The words “Hazak V’Nitkhazek”  (Be strong, and let us strengthen one another) was the text the Hillel directors and I settled upon, and the beauty and recognizable ritual familiarity of the pomegranate represents the richness of the college experience and also a recognition that for most of Goucher’s history it was a highly regarded women’s college.

The materials are thickly quilted silks, hand-braided cording, garnet and Czech glass beads, and Lumiere fabric paint.

pomegranate mantle - shanken


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