Temple Beth Sholom Artwork Installation

It isn’t everyday that a client and artist are a perfect match.  I was honored to be chosen to create a piece of artwork for the newly rennovated space at Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill , New Jersey. The artwork was a new direction for me , using over 85% recycled glass. I was thrilled with the final piece and  the impeccable installation of the Welch Signage Company,and most importantly, the congregation was very happy. It was a true pleasure to work with them . Here are some comments from the  fine art committee chairwoman:

“It looks like a magnificent piece of artwork that just happens to double as a donor wall.  It is far too obvious that she put her entire heart and soul into this piece.  It is entirely evident.  We knew from the minute we read her artist’s statement that we were on the right track and there could simply be no other artist who could define us so well.  And when we spoke to her on the conference call, it was obvious, a proper match had been made!
Her work is positively glorious!  Outstanding doesn’t even begin to describe.  Stunning.  Magnificent.  Undeniably beautiful.”

Artist Statement

“Torah, Worship, and Gemilut Hasidim are the three pillars upon which the world is built”
Pirke Avot 1:02

These meaningful words were the inspiration for the donor recognition artwork for Temple Beth Sholom. Judaism encourages people to reach out and help those in need. By performing these actions, we can help make the world a better place to live.

Temple Beth Sholom brings people together to pray, to learn, to celebrate holidays and family simchas and to perform acts of loving-kindness. When life presents us with challenges, we gain strength, courage and comfort from our caring community. Even the smallest act of loving-kindness can make a difference in someone’s life and those acts of loving-kindness create the underlying theme and energy for this artwork.

The quote that will be featured on the donor wall, “Let them build me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them” comes from the Torah portion that describes the building of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that G-d commanded the Jews to build. Among the many specific instructions given to Moshe, there was a detailed description of the Menorah. Today the Menorah is still the most recognizable Jewish symbol and that is why it was chosen as the starting point for this design.

This artwork emerged from a stylized image of a Menorah combined with the Hebrew letter “shin” at its center.  The “shin” begins the word “Shaddai”, one of the names of
G-d. This is to acknowledge that G-d’s presence and his gift of Torah is at the center, the heart, of all we do on earth. Our acts of loving-kindness make it possible for Him to dwell among us.

The Menorah and the shin contain the colors described in the Torah portion: blues, purples reds, and gold.  The mosaic artwork contains predominately recycled mosaic glass tiles as well as unique handmade tiles. The artwork comes alive with action by reconfiguring the symbols and putting them in motion to create a unique and individual design full of creative expression, excitement, luminosity, and inspiration.

There is inspiration in seeing new ways to interpret our sacred symbols. The names of the generous donors, whose names will be part of this exciting wall, have taken action to make sure that their children will continue to fulfill G-d’s commandments by studyingTorah, praying together and performing acts of loving-kindness in the caring community that is Temple Beth Sholom.

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