15 Foot Diameter Porcelain Tile Floor for Central Reform Congregation in St Louis, Missouri
Designed in collaboration and study with Rabbi Susan Talve.
Mixed media paintings on vellum drums for Burning Man
(above)Blue Like Me
Blue Like Me (side of drum)
Private commission. Gouache and acrylic paint on gesso wood panel. 24" x 56" 2014
(painting details below; and as framed: below, right).
Water Drop Bench
A collaboration of fine furniture and art, between wood craftsman Peter Tschudy and Siona Benjamin.
50” wide x 36” tall x 20” deep lpe wood and ceramic tile. 2015
Shema Meditation Through the Chakras
DVD Cover Art for Robin Rothenberg, founder of Essential Yoga Therapy
The Four Mothers Who Entered Pardes
For artist residency at LABA 14th Street Y in New York, 2014
Four cathedral-scale mixed media panels exploring the journey of the four matriarchs as they enter Pardes.
gouache and gold leaf on clay board,
30" x 60"
Esther scroll (megillah)
Commission for private
art dealer - New York - Size of scroll: 11.5 inches x 15 feet
Limited edition prints of the scroll are available for sale printed with archival inks. The edition will be signed and numbered by the artist. Questions please contact: email@example.com or call: 973-783-3445.The original Book of Esther is one of the books
of the Ketuvim (Writings) of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and of the
Historical Books of the Old Testament. The Book of Esther or the
Megillah is the basis for the Jewish celebration of the festival of
Purim. I am commissioned to paint the megillah using influences from
Indian and Mughal miniature painting. I am also using iconography from
my own paintings to make a unique and personal megillat Esther.
Torah Ark commission - New York 2009
The Torah ark is known in Hebrew as the Aron
Kodesh by the Ashkenazim and as the Hekhál amongst most Sefardim. It is
generally a receptacle, or ornamental closet, which contains the
synagogue's Torah scrolls (the Five Books of Moses).
After having read about Betzalel’s Ark (excerpts from “Legends of
the Bible” by Louis Ginzberg), I wanted to incorporate some of the
original iconography in my Torah Ark. I also wanted to make an ark
influenced by my Indian Jewish background and upbringing. I looked at
Indian and Iranian sepher torah cases and designs and also Jewish
synagogues in Morocco. These places had an oriental mystique,
ornamentation and color. I researched beautiful Moroccan synagogue
photos. The peacock green color of these synagogues and the onion dome
shapes in the architecture inspired me.
The velvet and silver Sepher Torahs of my Bombay synagogues also
served as inspiration for the shape of my Torah Ark. My cherubim are
angels named “Fereshteh” that bring the fire of hope and courage. My
mother’s Shabbat lamp that she lit every Friday made with oil and wick,
which burned all night into the morning in our Bombay home, is this same
fire. My ark sits on a “celestial throne” or table and perfumed myrrh
and frankincense comes from the water lilies within the Arabian oceans
of my childhood.
SAR Jewish high school
commission. Bronx, NY
Commission for Jewish marriage contract (Ketubah) - 2008
Private Ketubah commission - 2010
Commission for synagogue centennial celebration - 2006