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Discover Conservative/Masorti Judaism in Israel — A Menu of Options to Enrich Your Israel Itinerary:

The Beauty of the Arts in Judaism  

Explore different media and their relationship to Judaism in special classes organized by the Fuchsberg Center and the Schechter Institute.


Art and Judaism at the Schechter Institute

Contact:Schechter Institute at


Hand-made "Midrash" Workshop and Lecture at Schechter Institute
Participants create their own midrash from visual images and concepts taken from the bible.

Tour of Israel Museum with Schechter faculty from the Judaism and the Arts MA Track.


Lecture and Slide Presentation on topics such as:

  • What is Jewish Art? Highlights of Jewish artistic findings from Antiquity through the Middle Ages
  • The Way We Were: Viewing Jewish Life through Jewish and Christian Illuminated Manuscripts


Special Art Workshops at Fuchsberg Center

Contact: United Synagogue Fuchsberg Center at


Chamsot — A Good Luck Session: Length of session: 1 – 1 ½ hours
The chamsa, or hand, is an ancient good-luck omen that can be seen in many Jewish and Middle Eastern homes throughout the world. A slide show and a display of chamsot will provide an introduction, and each participant will be able to create a personal good luck charm with the materials provided.


Judaica Designs: Length of session: 1 - 2 hours
The group will meet with an artist who specializes in Judaica design to learn about various designs and inspirations. Each individual participant or each family unit can create an original Kiddush cup or another piece of Judaica with the materials provided.


Israeli Mosaics: Length of session: 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours
A great deal of information about how a society has developed often can be seen in its mosaics. The group will see a slide show that features different famous mosaics found in Israel. Next, each individual or family can create a personal mosaic.


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