The Gift

In a packed Sanctuary, Destin was bar mitzvahed. Destin blew us all away. Near the end of the service, he read his speech, that he had written by himself, to all of us. Personally, I had no idea that this 13 year old was so brilliant & so far more mature than any 13 year…

What do you say at a funeral?

“Rabbi Jonathan Miller of Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama shares a recollection of ordinary people and his eulogies for them at the time of their death.  The people remembered here were not famous. They were ordinary folks, like most of us.  Brought together in a small Southern Jewish community, these ordinary people paint a pictures…

how i see her

i have two daughters. i worried about all of their insecurities when they began to worry…about everything, clothes, hair, skin, shoes, boots, brains & on and on… i tried to help, but to a 12 or 13 year old girl, they thought i was “just saying that i’m beautiful because you’re my mom.” with my…

on the 8th night…we got a record player

our last Hanukka gift-to one another-was a cool record player with speakers within, that plays beautifully throughout. did we play Hanukkah songs? nope. we had to have an album to enjoy when the record player came. we picked Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind. I would think that Mumfords would like that their album reflected the Menorah…

the coolest secret paint around

it is enamel paint. it adheres to almost EVERYTHING & comes in amazing colors. AND it’s usually about $1.00 for each color. this was a plain wooden dreidel (I’m Jewish). Should i share my secret? it is cheap nail polish. before you put your nose in the air because you think it isn’t real art…give…

art for preschool hallway…

this is an iPhone picture 😦 i ALWAYS forget my camera when i go to Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama. i edited the picture so that you didn’t have to see the hallway lights or walls. i was hired to make three signs for a preschool hallway. the preschool is named The Discovery School. i…

The Church with a Jewish beginning…in Birmingham, Alabama?!

When the Presbyterian Church split into Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1915, they needed a place to start from. They started their Church in the Sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El. The Church remained there for 7 years, until they had built themselves a new home. City blocks apart, but still sharing the same Highland…

stepping inside a Church

stepping inside a church, for the first time in a long time. Being Jewish, I tend to stick to a familiar ground unless I am invited elsewhere. I was here for an incredible reason. My Rabbi called me to ask if I would take on a commission. He explained that this commission, this watercolor painting,…

…i just wanted to share

  Totally blowing my own horn, or rather, my own Shofar. Tomorrow night Rosh Hashanah begins. The Jewish New Year. This interview is about my family, photography & my art. I’m really…flattered to find myself here. The painting of Moses above, is the one of which i speak of in the magazine. Sculpture with watercolor,…