New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fine art photographer and fiber artist, Beth Shepherd Peters has created a line of beautiful and meaningful tallitot. Using a unique method, photographs are printed on one side of a pure silk tallit, with the other side being a solid color. The tzit-tzit are wool and hand tied. Each tallit is 17" x 72". 

Featured in the picture from left to right:

Sunset in Israel: This tallit is created from a photograph of a sunset in Tel Aviv. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border: May the One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens cause peace to reign amoung us, all Israel, and all the world.

White Cosmos: The flowers on this tallit are Cosmos, grown in Beth Shepherd Peter’s garden, blooming in the autumn. The soft drape makes it comfortable to wrap yourself in for prayer. The atarah is stitched with a simple border.

Maple Leaves: The leaves on this tallit are from a Japanese Maple Tree in autumn. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border:How good it is, and how pleasant, when we dwell together in unity.

Pink Cosmos: The flowers on this tallit are Cosmos, grown in Beth Shepherd Peter’s garden, blooming in autumn. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border: Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all of the peoples of the earth.

Each tallit is $360 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,

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