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NFTY-PAR Fall Kallah Shabbat Morning T’filah

Introduction by Sarah Horn, NFTY-PAR Regional President

When our Board met to plan Fall Kallah around the theme pop culture, I immediately wanted to showcase the regions artistic talent. We rarely see who people are outside regional events and I thought it would be really cool to see what the artists in our region could create. We decided to tie their creations to the Saturday morning service, which was extremely fitting because the Torah portion was Bereshit. When the art was showcased during the service, it was both inspiring and meaningful. The contributors really took our idea to heart and created some truly beautiful pieces. This experience was a great way to add some fun and abstract thinking to our service and really allowed the region to experience prayer in a different way.

Creative Service necklace and writing for Elohai N’Shamah
Created by Max Miller-Golub
The necklace I made was created to represent the prayer Elohai N’Shamah. The prayer is about how G-d gave each of us a pure soul. The main part of the jewelry is a sun, chosen because both G-d and the sun are the source of life. Etched in the middle is an eye. The eye symbolizes how G-d is able to sense when we feel lifeless and renew us with soul.

Miller-Golub Necklace

Creative Service painting and writing for the Sh’ma
Created by Rachel Abramowitz
I chose to depict the Sh’ma as my personal beliefs in G-d. I believe that G-d is the way that everything in our universe works together in harmony. The miracle of life and the way our bodies work, the vastness of the solar system; the connections that are everywhere in the world. In that way, I see the Sh’ma as saying that everything in our world is one. To me, it tells us that G-d is everything working in unison, which is depicted in the mixed-medium collage I created, where many aspects of the world are intertwined with vines, symbolizing life. As you look at it, be sure to look for other symbolism in the colors, objects chosen, and positions, as well as feel free to formulate your own idea of what it means to you, your interpretation is as good as mine.

Sh'ma by Racehl Abramowitz

Creative Service writing and picture, for the V’ahavta
Created by Micah Waldman
The V’ahavta translates to “and you shall love”. It explains how the commandments were given to the Jewish people with love and L’dor V’dor.  When I think of this prayer, I think of family and passing traditions on to children.  To me, this is a perfect representation of my mom-mom.  Even though things have dramatically changed over the years, my family continues to live on though the traditions my mom-mom passed on to us. Little things may change, but the big picture stays the same.

V'ahavta - Micah Waldman


Creative Service scrabble board and writing, for the Mi chamocha
Created by Louis Markowitz
Mi chamocha is not just about reverence for God’s majesty, but also about the struggles we have with understanding God. Who, indeed, could be like God? How are we to put the concept of divinity into words? The symbolism of the game scrabble emphasizes this point in my poem. Though this visual representation, these arranged words, you should think of what you see when you think of God. Think of what words truly come to your heart.

Mi chamocha - Louis Markowitz