Temple Beth El
“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of G-d” Bereshit 28:17
The Torah tells us that Jacob said these words upon waking from his dream in which G-d promised his protection and blessings. These words were the inspiration for the for the Donor Recognition artwork for Congregation Beth El.
The thirteen panels come together to form one image of Jacob’s Ladder. The radiant light glowing from the center of the artwork attempts to represent the holiness of the place where Jacob had his dream. The sheltering wings represent G-d’s promise of divine presence and protection.
The thirteen panels represent the Thirteen Principles of Faith. It is also the age of maturity and responsibility for a Jewish child. The leaves represent family continuity and the water represents the Torah, sometimes referred to as “Mayim Chayim”, because it attracts those who are thirsty and nurtures growth.
This design underscores the idea that it takes many different people with many different gifts to form one congregation. Images of Jerusalem are impressed throughout the base of the design reinforcing our link to Eretz Yisrael.
The artwork is made up of handmade ceramic tiles accented with 24k gold luster glaze. Each handmade tile is fired numerous times at different temperatures to achieve the depth of color. The words from the Torah were carved into the hardened clay before it was fired. Thousands of lustrous recycled glass tiles were hand cut and integrated into the design.
It is my hope and prayer that this artwork will be an inspiration to all the congregants of Beth El. May this artwork continue to be a symbol of gratitude to the generous donors whose names are part of this wall and a symbol of hope to the future congregants.