Since 1979, Mordechai Rosenstein has been creating Jewish art for homes, synagogues and organizations. From his studio in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, he creates pieces using vibrant colors and flowing lines that transform the art of Hebrew calligraphy into magnificent modern day art.
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El will welcome this talented artist for an extended Artist in Residence weekend from March 17 to 20.
Thursday, March 17 at 7 pm – Pinot and Painting Event ($12 per person)
Guests can sip some wine while they create their own piece of art based on the Hebrew alphabet, co-signed by the artist.
Friday, March 18 at 6:15 pm – Family Dinner and Services ($18 for Adults, $10 for Children 3 – 13)
Rosenstein will be the guest speaker at Friday evening Shabbat services following a family dinner.
Saturday, March 19 at 9:45 am – Shabbat Morning Service Presentation
Our guest artist will also speak during a Shabbat morning service. During the luncheon that follows, you can enjoy an informal conversation with the artist.
Saturday, March 19 at 8:15 pm – “An Evening with the Artist”
During this evening program, Rosenstein will host an interactive presentation, discussing how art enriches our lives and displaying works that he has created for the Pope, Isaac Stern, Ron Perlman, the Clintons, Bushes, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others. His work will be available for purchase. A raffle will be held on Saturday evening, with the lucky winner receiving a piece of Rosenstein’s art. The evening event will include a dessert extravaganza.
Sunday, March 20 at 10am – Religious School Student Art Class
The weekend will conclude on Sunday morning as Temple Beth El Religious School students create a take-home piece of art, inspired and co-signed by the artist.
Throughout his visit, Rosenstein will be creating an original painting for Temple Beth El.
The Hebrew alphabet is the essence of the art of Mordechai Rosenstein. “The flowing forms of the letters have been an inspiration to me since my youth,” he explains. His love of these forms is evident in every piece he creates. His vibrant shapes and colors enhance synagogue interiors, tapestries, paintings, murals and silk screen prints.
His unique style evolved as a result of various influences. While studying at the Philadelphia College of Art, Rosenstein was profoundly influenced by Abstract Expressionist professor Franz Kline. By uniting his interests in Judaica and painting, Rosenstein has given a contemporary meaning to the art of Hebrew calligraphy.
He has traveled throughout the world and has become one of the leading designers in synagogue art. Many synagogues have retained Rosenstein to create their stained glass windows and ark doors.
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El is sponsoring this exciting upcoming weekend event.
For more information about the Artist in Residence weekend, or to register to participate in any of the individual events, call the temple office at 717-581-7891, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on this link for the reservation form that you can complete and return to the temple. The reservation deadline is March 11.