Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, Aimee Golant is an interfaith advocate, a sixth generation metal artist, and a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, originally from Los Angeles, California. Upon her graduation from San Francisco State University, she began her career as a metal artist creating Judaica and jewelry. She exhibits and sells her unique metal art internationally.
Aimee has won many honors, including: being voted “Best Jewish Artisan Craftsperson in San Francisco” since 2010 from the readers of the J. Jewish News Weekly, the Jewish Museum of New York’s acquisition of one of her evocative mezuzahs for its permanent collection, she created the mezuzah for the front entrance of the National Museum of American Jewish History, her Barbed Wire Mezuzah travelled into space on the Columbia Space Shuttle and on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, a NICHE Award for her Bars and Windows Menorah, and the Golden Hammer Award for her outstanding community service through the San Francisco Bay Area Metal Arts Guild. She has created the crown for the Women’s Torah Project, one of the first documented Torahs scribed by a community of women from around the world.
She has created mezuzot and jewelry benefiting the Darfur and Women’s Empowerment programs through the American Jewish World Service, the Children’s Holocaust Memorial at Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell Tennessee, the Jewish Women’s Breast Cancer organization Sharsharet, and a special edition tzedakah box gift for outgoing board members of Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco. She created a Chai pin pendant that has helped raise funds for Hadassah.
Aimee has shown her art at The Legion of Honor, one of San Francisco’s premier museums. Her work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Metalsmith Magazine, and the book 500 Judaica among others. She founded the Metal Art program at the San Francisco Waldorf High School where she teaches classical silversmithing, iron forging and technical theater production. Aimee lives in San Francisco with her husband David Casella and son Kaleb.