Ya'akov Boussidan

Vision For A 21st Century Synagogue

The Book of Genesis’ account of Jacob’s dream is one of the defining elements of artist Ya’akov Boussidan’s conceptual design for a synagogue in the village of Tzur Haddassah, some 7.5 miles west of  Jerusalem. For the artist, the simple stones that Jacob gathered at nightfall  represent the fusion of the varied elements of the Jewish people. Boussidan’s synagogue design, intended for a congregation of Ashkenazic and Sephardic worshippers from varied walks of life, includes a bima (podium) that is an original composition of twelve stones, symbolizing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Design for Tzur Haddasah synagogue. Ya'akov Boussidan

Reflecting The Spirit Of Elul, In Art

Israeli artist Ya’akov Boussidan’s latest study for stained glass windows soars with his lifelong passion for original calligraphy and his fascination with the “Song of Songs.” Exploring the theme of creation, this first study is naturally linked to Elul, the Hebrew month that augurs Rosh Hashanah, “the birth of the world.”  According to rabbinic tradition, Elul is an acrostic for the verse “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”  (Song of Songs, 6:3).

(c) 2013 Ya'akov Boussidan
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