When Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles wanted to honor its executive director, Sheryl Goldman, for 20 years of service, they knew they wanted somethiing unique, with a strong connection to the synagogue, that reflected the commitment and service of the exec. Ideas? Hmmm...
The bimah at Beth Am is a mosaic of colorful glass pieces that represent the beauty and diversity of the congregation; it seemed a natural place to start. And what sentiment would convey a career of service to the congregation by Sheryl? "Kol Yisrael aravim zeh b'zeh," All Israel is responsible to one another...perfect !
As a Jewish artist, I love the challenge of merging texts from our tradition with strong visuals to create meaningful art. Jewish papercutting may be a very old artform, but it is now used in inventive ways. Still, the purpose of my art is to pay honor to Jewish learning, Jewish values, and Torah. It was a joy to be able to add to the kavod being paid to Sheryl.
If you'd like a special papercut created for your next simcha, contact me.