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UPDATE: Unity Sign Finished & HHD Programing

Join us either in-person or online for my presentation of Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days at Unity Spiritual Center SF: Sunday, 9/25/22 –  11 am 2690 Ocean at 19th Ave San Francisco, CA 94132 Livestream: https://tinyurl.com/tinyurl-com-USCSF Passcode: 941321 Yesterday was a exciting day– in which we affixed the new Unity sign at the Unity Spiritual Center of San…

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Modern Judaica: Today’s Makers Today’s Sacred Objects

Introducing an exciting new book by Jim Cohen, Modern Judaica: Today’s Makers Today’s Sacred Objects,  for anyone with an interest in Judaica and sacred objects.   I am honored and grateful to say that the Torah Finials that I created for the Women’s Torah Project grace the cover. This book presents some of the most outstanding examples of contemporary Judaica—sacred Jewish objects—that…

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Congregation Beth Sholom San Francisco Centennial Mezuzah Fundraiser

As a long-time, San Francisco metal artist and creator of Judaica– the members of the conservative temple, Congregation Beth Sholom honored me, by commissioning me to make a legacy piece in honor of their temple’s milestone centennial anniversary. The custom mezuzah was designed in partnership with the centennial committee– and is totally unique and different from anything I have designed…

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In Memorandum: Jennifer Cross Gans

Jennifer Cross Gans was a good friend and a good Christian.  She was an example of optimism, perseverance and love.  She had strong opinions and could be impatient—in a wonderfully persistent way.  She was creative and artistic—a writer, a jeweler, a singer.  I am honored and grateful to say that I’ve had a long road with Jenny.  One of my…

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Ukraine: How you can help

For those of us who wish for peace and environmental health in the world, news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is crushing.  The people of the world have been through so much these last two years.  What gives Putin the right to drive his forces into peaceful cities and destroy the lives of innocent people?  With my background as…

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Maus, Whoopi Goldberg and Defining Race in America

As a Jew in America, and a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I am angered when others define my race as white.   In fact, many Jews are not white— and yet some people, especially in the US as opposed to Europe, think it’s ok to define “our race” as white because many have white skin, and therefore benefit from white…

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Hebrew Shin Torah Finials: From Dream to Reality

Hebrew Shin Torah Finials, silver, 23K gold, 13.5” x 9.5” 3.5”   Photo By: emiko oye The Hebrew Shin Torah Finials symbolize the power and beauty of creation—Oneness in the Universe—hearing light, creating connectivity and partnership, drawing forth restoration, sharing wisdom and consolation. I like to think of Shin in terms of Shaddai— which is one of the ways we…

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New! Mussar Inspired Jewelry

I was recently commissioned to create a special piece of jewelry for Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon of Congregation Ner Tamid, in San Francisco, CA.  This gift was to be symbolic of Mussar, the universal Jewish Spiritual Path, that dates back to 10th-Century Babylonia.  Her students wanted to thank her for teaching this special way of engendering purpose, meaning and spiritual…

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Introducing Anousha Mohsenidarabi

I’d like to introduce Anousha Mohsenidarabi, our metal arts studio assistant.  Anousha is a soft-spoken, unique individual, and an award-winning artist.  She grew up in a liberal, progressive Muslim family in Mashhad, Iran.  Her family business is custom paint manufacture, where she worked for many years, surrounded by the technicalities of color.  At the University of Azad in Mashhad, Iran,…

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