The Story of our Wall Hanging

This beautiful wall hanging in our main sanctuary is the result of a synagogue-wide effort. Nearly everyone at Kehilat Shalom helped with the needlework, fabric cutting, and other aspects its creation. The project was orchestrated and coordinated by artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren, who also designed the wall hanging.

A number of symbols are incorporated into the design. The four pieces make the shape of the Hebrew letter “shin.” The full Hebrew text in the top portion is “Al Shlosha D’varim Ha’olam Omed,” which means “On Three Things the World Stands.” According to Pirkei Avot, the Sayings of the Fathers, the three things are Torah, Worship, and Acts of Kindness. The top right section represents Torah, with at Torah scroll and a Tallit. The top middle section represents Worship, with a blue openness that symbolizes our voices and our prayers reaching to the heavens. The top left section represents Acts of Kindness, with dancing children, green leaves, and butterflies.

The bottom section is made up of “stones” that remind us of the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem. Many of the stones include symbols of Jewish holidays and festivals. Tucked between some of the stones are “prayers,” just as people leave prayers in the cracks of the Kotel.

This wall hanging is dedicated to the memory of Gail Peck z”l, who was instrumental in the creation of this work of art.