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Mordechai Rosenstein

The Hebrew alphabet is the essence Mordechai Rosenstein’s art, and his love of these letter forms is evident in every piece he creates. As our Artist-in-Residence this November 3 - 8, he will help us discover the letters that have been an inspiration since his youth.

About the Artist

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With vibrant colors and flowing lines, Mordechai Rosenstein transforms the art of Hebrew calligraphy into modern-day masterpieces that can be found in synagogues, organizations, and private homes across the country. From vivid tapestries to murals, silk prints to stained glass and more, Judaica lives through his art.

Mordechai’s unique style has Judaic and artistic influences, which stem from his education at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and at The Philadelphia College of Art, where he studied under abstract expressionist professor Franz Kline. By uniting his interest in Judaica and painting, Rosenstein has given contemporary meaning to the biblical art of Hebrew calligraphy.

Art at Temple

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Pop-Up Art Gallery

Mordechai’s art will be on display at Temple in Edlavitch Hall during his week at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

The gallery will be “open” to browse on Friday after services and again from Sunday through Wednesday.

Artwork ranges in price from $350–$500, and each piece is signed, numbered, and framed with a double mat. Art will be professionally shipped to the domestic address of your choosing after the exhibition closes. The cost for shipping is $38.

The Artist's Studio at WHC

When not teaching one of his scheduled classes, you will find Mordechai at his easel in Kreeger Lobby creating an original work of art for Washington Hebrew Congregation. We invite you to stop by and watch this painting come to life. While there, you can add a brush stroke to this painting and help us create a truly unique WHC community memory.

Schedule of Programs

The Torah Paints the Picture

Friday, November 3, 6:00 pm at Temple
For all generations and open to the community

Mordechai Rosenstein begins his stay as WHC’s Artist-in-Residence at our Congregational Shabbat Service with a short sermon featuring six paintings that he created according to the story of the Torah. Meet the artist and browse his collection at our festive oneg following services.

Although art will not be sold on Shabbat, if you are interested in purchasing a piece, you may leave contact information for follow-up after Shabbat ends.


The Secret of the Hebrew Alphabet

Sunday, November 5, 10:30 am at Temple
For 6th-grade Religious School students and The Boomers, EmptyNesters, and Prime Timers

This special inter-generational program partners Religious School students with WHC’s adult communities. Following a humorous and insightful program with Mordechai on the Hebrew alphabet, students (both 6th-graders and lifelong learners) will use his lettering templates and watercolor pencils to create a unique piece of art with their Hebrew or English names.

WHC adults are welcome with — or without — a connection to our 6th grade!

This event is free, but registration for adults is preferred.

Click here to register for this event.


Originals by an Original

Sunday, November 5, 7:00 pm at Temple
An Exclusive evening with the artist

Yad B’Yad donors at $1,800 and above are invited to attend a private, elegant dinner with Mordechai Rosenstein where he will discuss the inspiration behind individual pieces, his use of color and style, and the process he uses to create each work of art.

By invitation only.


The Mysteries of the Hebrew Alphabet

Monday, November 6, 7:00 pm at Temple
A unique lecture and reception for adults

Join us for an evening of discussion and art with Mordechai Rosenstein. A reception that includes an opportunity to chat with the artist, browse, and purchase his artwork will follow.

WHC Academy participants: our regularly scheduled class will not be held so that you may attend this special event.

This event is free, but registration is preferred.

Click here to register for this event.


Life, Blessing, and Peace

Monday, November 6, 10:00 am at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 am at Temple
Programs for ECC Pre-K students and their favorite grown-ups

Mordechai will guide our youngest artists — and their parents/grandparents/favorite grown-up, too — as they use watercolor pencils to bring his drawing of a synagogue to life. Adult family members are invited to join their children.


Painting & Pinot

Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 pm at Temple
Open to the entire community

This evening program is perfect for all generations and is open to the community. Following a short (and fun!) painting lesson with Mordechai, participants will create a piece of art featuring their name (Hebrew or English) or meaningful Hebrew word. He provides guidance along the way, and no artistic ability or previous experience is required. $25 per person, includes all materials plus wine, soft drinks, and snacks.

Co-sponsored by Sisterhood and the E-T ECC Parents Committee.

This event is $25 per person; registration is required.

Click here to register for this event.


The Secret of the Hebrew Alphabet

Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 pm at Temple
For 4th-, 5th, and 7th-grade Hebrew students

Following a humorous and insightful program with Mordechai on the Hebrew alphabet, students will use his lettering templates and watercolor pencils their Hebrew or English names and take home a masterpiece of their own.

Adult family members are invited to participate with their students.

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