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One-Clip-At-A-Time Helps Educate Kids about The Holocaust

Have you seen the inspirational Paper Clips Movie?  It is a heart-warming story of how a middle school in rural Whitwell Tennessee, looking for a good way to teach diversity, created a Holocaust educational program and Children’s Holocaust Memorial.  After I saw the movie, I got involved by creating a mezuzah that was inspired by the movie and helps raise funds for the…

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Shalom Bayit Mezuzah and Charm Project

Aimee Golant, a  San Francisco based metal artist who promotes peace and understanding though her art has been commissioned to create two commemorative pieces to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Shalom Bayit. Shalom Bayit, a Jewish center for the prevention of domestic violence, held its 20th anniversary dinner, Creating Hope: 20 Years of Changing Lives, on May 31, 2012. This event…

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Life Source Menorah Considered for the White House

The National Museum of American Jewish History was asked to choose a historical menorah from it’s permanent collection to be considered for the White House Hanukkah party, which took place on December 2, 2010. The curatorial staff liked my limited edition Life Source Menorah in silver and my story so much that they decided to submit the piece to the White House despite the fact…

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Women’s Torah Project Siyyum Experience

From October 14 – 16th 2010, the Women’s Torah Project was completed.  Over the weekend, many of the scribes, artists and community leaders gathered to write the final letters, sew the panels together, and read from the Torah for the first time.  As the artist who created the crown for this historic Torah I felt honored to have been a part of getting the…

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Peace in Israel

After an incredible weekend sewing the panels together for the first ever sefer Torah scribed by a community of Women from around the world, called Kadima’s Women’s Torah Project, I had a realization about peace in Israel.  I will preface this, by saying that I am probably not the first person to think of this.  I wanted to share it with you…

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Art for Inspired Living

Judaism can be a mindset, a way of life that stems from the very human desire for spirituality. My cousin understood this as we spoke about Jewish values and my work during one of our hikes. I’m always searching for more ways to share the gifts that Judaism has to offer, its values and traditions, to anyone of any religious…

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Gimee a ‘Hand’: Creating a Yad with a Bar Mitzvah

What makes a gift meaningful? Is a hand-crafted present that you make yourself more personal than something  produced on a wide-scale? Does the utility of the object make a difference? Yes, and yes! Okay, I’ve got a pretty obvious bias being a craftsperson, but I adamantly believe that objects transcend their mere materiality and become personally meaningful when you understand…

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Wedding Rings Imbued with Care: Working with Ashley

To me, the care and intention behind the creation of an object is what constitutes it’s sacred quality. The personalized articulation of patterns and textures from hand-made pieces make them that much more tangible and impacting as gifts created out of a very human love and compassion. These sentiments are what brought Ashley Teague, a previous student of mine from…

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Sweet as my Grandma’s Honey Cake

Rosh Hashanah, the new year on the Jewish calendar, encourages and celebrates the ability to dream and envision what you want your future to look like. What kind of person were you this past year? Have your actions reflected your beliefs? How do you seek to relate to the world? During this time of the year, we reflect on both…

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