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All About Mezuzahs and Peace in the World

WHAT IS A MEZUZAH? The word mezuzah means doorpost but it actually refers to a specially prepared sheet of parchment on which a trained scribe (sofer or soferet for a female) writes the verses of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – “Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One. You shall love the L-rd, your G-d, with all your…

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Sha-dai – Protector of Body and Connector to Heart

The Meaning of Sha-dai: Protector of the Body/Connector to the Heart In my journey as a Jewish artist-turned-teacher, I have met thousands of people of all walks of life.  Through my artwork, I share Judaism with humanity.  In this 26-year process, I have meditated and thought about Sha-dai–a particular name of G-d–because my artistic inspiration and output have been constantly…

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Top 3 Jewish Teachings that Heal The World

Spiritual People of the World:  whether you are Jewish or not,  adopt these teachings from Judaism into your lives and the world will heal.   Bear in mind that you can use these teachings,  you DO NOT have to denounce your own religion or convert to benefit from these.  You may use Judaism as a MODEL– take the teaching and…

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A New Direction: Chabad, the Seven Laws of Noah and Sharing Judaism with Non-Jews

A New Direction:  Chabad, The Seven Laws of Noah and Sharing Judaism with Non-Jews             I began conversations with Orthodox Rabbi and director of Congregation Chevra Thilim, Shlomo Zarchi and his wife Chani, and Chabad Director in Berkeley, Rabbi Yehuda Ferris and his wife Miriam about sharing Jewish teachings with non-Jews.  I am committed to following the path of this…

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Our Family’s Holocaust Experience

The art work I create would not have come to be without the intense struggle for survival my maternal grandparents endured– all in the name of being Jewish.  It seems that the survivors of the Holocaust atrocities all have similar themes– Fascism, starvation, dehumanization– but also hope.  Our family’s story is no different.   Here’s a video of my grandmother…

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Priestly Blessing Bracelets are Here!

About 6 months ago I was inspired by a series of dreams to make these Priestly Blessing Bracelets.  Click here to read about the inspiration.  After lots of hard work, they are finally ready to order.  You can purchase the Priestly Blessing Bracelets online now.  They are fully customizable, meaning, you can special order what type of metal you would…

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How to embody Jewish History in Art? Barbed Wire Mezuzah….

Thanks to the Jewish Student Satellite Initiative , I will answer this question!  Tomorrow’s conversation will be with a teen group formed to create Jewish education experiences that are tangible and integrated with science and art.  I will share the story of the Barbed Wire Mezuzah, which was selected to  travel into space with the first Israeli Astronaut,  Ilan Ramon.  I…

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Reform Jewish Community United for Immigrant Justice

Shabbat Shalom everyone! According to Rabbi Gottlieb of Congregation Beth Israel Judea Immigration Reform is echoed in this week’s Torah portion: Shabbat Mattot-Masei  This week we read from the final portion of the Book of Numbers, which includes a description of the cities of refuge, to which a person could flee from vengeance which would otherwise be enacted against him.…

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Priestly Blessing Bracelets for Jewish Wonder Woman(men)

On March 9, 2019, I was taken by a vivid dream.  A client wanted the Priestly Blessing inscribed and concealed inside a plain silver cuff for his daughter.  When I awoke, “A Sabbath Prayer” from Fiddler on the Roof was ringing in my ears.  I couldn’t fall back asleep.   I am descended from the “Kohainim” and could administer the…

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Make Your Own Mezuzah Workshops Coming Up!

  As 2019 moves along,  I’ve got two new class offerings on the horizon.  These workshops coincide with the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the receiving of the Torah.  Join me! June 9th 2019  1 – 4 pm – for Adults Co-Sponsored By Congregation Beth Israel Judea Shavuot Make Your Own Mezuzah Workshop General Information Register online June 10th,…

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