It was with great excitement that we dedicated a beautiful work of art in commemoration of B’nai Israel’s 150th anniversary. This idea was a collaboration between the 150th Committee and the Past Presidents of our Sisterhood. The majority of the money for this project came from the Sisterhood fund and was approved by the Past Presidents. The remainder of the cost was funded through the 150th Anniversary fundraising efforts. The committee members are Ann Rosenberg, Gabi Mallin, Sue Richards, Kathryn Linver, Dena Eber, Sharon Stein, Cathy Sperling, and Fran Weinblatt.
This project began two years ago. The Sisterhood Presidents expressed a desire to have the artwork on the outside of the building. As we pondered how to find an artist or artists for this job, several people brought up the names of talented members that we have within our congregation, specifically Adam Goldberg and Helen Grubb.
Adam Goldberg is a great-grandson of our late Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. Morton Goldberg. At the age of 15, Adam was introduced to glass at the Toledo Museum of Art. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Bowling Green State University, Adam opened Gathered Glassblowing Studio in downtown Toledo.
Helen Grubb grew up in Sylvania. She attended the Hebrew Academy and B’nai Israel Religious School where she had her Bat Mitzvah. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Toledo with a focus in Printmaking and Drawing. She maintains a studio at Gathered Glassblowing Studio and is involved in the local art community.