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Flowers on the Bima - Vayashev

on Sat, 12/13/2014 - 03:49

The drama of Genesis continues with the sons of Jacob, jealous of seventeen year old Joseph, throwing Joseph in a pit. Midianite merchantmen passed by and pulled Joseph up out of the pit. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.  
The pot as the pit, the eleven tulips as Joseph’s brothers bowing, just like Joseph’s dream predicted  they would bow to him.  The flower peeking over the edge as Joseph, the greenery supporting the center flower, as the spirit of God with Joseph in the pit.
The ornamental tunic that the brothers took from Joseph when they flung him into

Flowers on the Bima - Vayishlach

on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:22

“In the place where [God] had spoken with him”, as a phrase occurs three times in this Torah portion in close sequence, Jacob identifies this place in both fleeing from home and on the way returning to home.  Jacob sets up a pillar marking this place consecrated first by divine speech then as human ritual. Here God vows to Israel and Israel vows to God. This is where Jacob dreamed and returned to vow to God after family struggles and wrestling to finding peace with Easu.

The vase stands as the pillar that Jacob/Israel erects, the flowers inside the clear glass and outside the glass are both

Flowers on the Bima -Vayeitzei

on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 18:14

10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon the place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

The silver ladder of Jacob is placed in vases. The texture on the vases as sleeping on stones.  The mirror the other dimension of dreaming.

Flowers on the Bima - Toldot

on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:39

The characters of Jacob and Esau are illustrated on either side of the bima this week in flowers. 

The red vase with red flowers standing for the red lentil stew --the price of the birthright sold to Jacob.   The deer skin, borrowed each year from the Snellenberger Family for this parsha, defines the hunter and the man of the field in Esau.   Orange and purple are the colors  that mark the pain and anger that Easu felt when he realizes that Jacob stole the blessing that was his. 

 On the other side of the bima describing Jacob is an elevated, goblet shaped vase—still a red color reminding us

Flowers on the Bima - Noah

on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:36

I really like bright colors that’s why I’m using bright colored flowers.  Flowers are symbols of the animals on Noah’s Ark. I made these paintings of the background of both scenes of the Ark.


On one side is Noah’s Ark departing on the other side is Noah’s Ark arrival.


You may notice that I am using words like airplane language in saying departures and arrivals.  If you think of it like an actual airplane trip while Noah was building the ark it was like going to the airport, gathering animals like going through security, waiting for the rain is like waiting for the gates to open.

Flowers on the Bima - Chayai Sarah

on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:23

Chayai Sarah.


Chayai Sarah describes the meeting of the servant looking for a wife for Isaac arriving at the well and Rebecca, the perfect choice for Isaac’s wife, offering kindness to the stranger and his animals.

The vase looks like water, it holds bamboo, the preferred choice of Rabbi Matthew Berger, as he is installed this evening as our Rabbi at CBSW.

The shaped bamboo in front of the vase, a symbol of flexibility and good luck, will reside on Rabbi’s desk as a token of this evening.

 “The meaning of a yellow rose stands for joy and happiness, but most of all yellow roses mean

Flowers on the Bima - Vayeira

on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:59


Flowers for Jack Lederman, written and designed by Jack with assistance from Rosanne Friedman  Vayera

The tall vase is like climbing a mountain, when Abraham followed God’s command, “to go forth to the land of Moriah…on one mountain that I will show you.”

I chose the blue vase because when I think of climbing a mountain, I think of it as very peaceful and blue is a very peaceful color. 

In contrast to the blue color and calm mood, the flowers are red, orange, and yellow indicating a very intense moment in the Akedah. 

The sharp shape of the flower looks like the knife that Abraham would

Flowers on the Bima - Lech L'ha

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:51

The flowers form the moment of Abram, Sarai, and Lot looking over “the land that I will show you”. The vase is complicated at once sophisticated and broken, it’s surface is crazed but whole. The shape is womanly, Sarai still seeks the children she desperately wants and God proclaims to them, “I

will make you a great nation”  though she remains at this telling barren and they are must cross over in their rootlessness to find roots. The flowers, three main stems for Abram, Sarai, and Lot and the promise of God makes them as the flowers very full and rich.

The platter offers a discontinuity with

Flowers on the Bima - B'reshet

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:48

The two stories of creation in the beginning of Genesis are addressed in the flowers this week.  The vase and silver curly willow create a tree like shape, in the center is the snake as a character in the story of Adam and Eve. The other story of the count of seven days are reflected in the Sunflowers for the fourth day of creation with the gift of the sun. The cali Lily speaks to the glow of the moon. The silver sphere in the first day, “Let there be light.”  As the light of the creative spark within us. 

Find the flowers in the entry of the social hall as services in the social hall include

Flowers on the Bima - Sukkot

on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:46

Bamboo creates a structure as a miniature Sukkah on the bima, with blue palm for covering.  The roses stand as the Ushpazin, our ancestors that we invite to join us in the sukkah.