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Ellie Festival: Mosaic Magic facts by Rich Remenick

Mosaic is an art form that has thrived in many different cultures. Ancient Greeks and Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and the early Russian culture based in Kiev all had a hand in developing the form. Ancient Jews also joined in by creating their own mosaics.

One Jewish example of this art form is the magnificent Lod mosaic, which was discovered in 1996 by construction workers who were widening a street in the town of Lod, Israel. This find generated so much interest, that 30,000 people came to see it over one weekend when it was publicly displayed! The work then went on an international tour of eleven museums before coming home to the town of Lod, where it will be on permanent display in a museum structure built just for it. 

Meet our Education Director Adva Chattler

I was born and raised in Beer-Sheva, in the south of Israel and I'm the oldest of 3 children. After high school, I spent the next 2 years serving in the Israeli Air Force in Intelligence, as a commander for much of my service. After my army service I studied Public Administration and Management and then continued for my Masters degree in Conflict Resolution and Management at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, in which I graduated with honors. 

Eliana Andersen Arts & Creativity Festival-2016

Congregation Beth Israel of Media has established an annual festival to honor the memory and short life of ELIANA ANDERSEN, daughter of Kathy Silberman Andersen and Dan Andersen, sister of Molly, and granddaughter of the late Ruth and Alexander Silberman. Ellie, a beloved fifth grader in our Hebrew School, died on July 25, 2003 after a courageous battle with a brain tumor.

Ellie loved school, her friends and family, and celebrations of all kinds. By combining Ellie’s loves in a festival of the arts, we give our children a joyous event to look forward to each year, as well as reflect the Jewish tradition of “hiddur mitzvah,” enhancing community by creating beauty and art.

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