milstein sanctuary Stained Glass Windows
Our Rabbis taught that God created the world with ten utterances, and the first ten windows represent those acts of creation. The order of the windows alternates from one side of the Sanctuary to the other, beginning at the rear right side (as you face the bimah) and progressing toward the bimah. The first window on the right contains the first words of the Torah, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
- the first occurrence of the color green, when grass is created, on the right side (third day of creation);
- the first occurrence of blood red, when the first animals, fish are created, on the right side (fifth day of creation);
- fish, in various stages of formation, and birds, on the right side (fifth day of creation);
- the lion's face, on the left side (sixth day of creation);
- the not-quite-formed man and woman emerging from the brown earth, on the right side (sixth day of creation).
The shapes of the Hebrew letters become more complex as we get deeper into creation and the world becomes more complex. THE WINDOWS CLOSEST TO THE BIMAH on both sides have the most complex letters and color schemes of all and represent the final act of creation – the creation of spiritual time, the Sabbath. The texts, depicted in letters that recall Torah calligraphy, come from the fourth commandment as related differently in Exodus and Deuteronomy:
Remember the Sabbath day, to hallow it.
Observe the Sabbath day, to hallow it.
Those two windows remind us, as we look toward the Ark, of the importance of remembering to create spiritual space and time and the importance of observing the precepts that create and preserve that sanctity.
The stained glass windows were designed by Jean-Jacques Duval and crafted by Rohlf Stained & Leaded Glass in Mount Vernon, New York. The architect was Gruzen Samton.
Windows dedicated by:
1) Sheila and Robert Friedland and Family
2) Toby and Bernard Nussbaum
3) Frances and Irwin Miller
4) Temple Israel Center Sisterhood
5) Michael and Toby Rozen
6) Irving and Geraldine Schaffer and Family
7) Janet and Richard Greenfield; Barbara and Herbert Goldberg
8) Roni and Bob Jossen
9) Leone and Merle Bushkin
10) Barry, Rochelle, Lee, Natalie, and Sam Kaplan
11) Sam Carson and Family; Harry Dean and Family
12) Ken and Nira Abromowitz; Susan Abramowitz and Aaron Gurwitz
13) Stained glass high casement end windows dedicated by Harry Dean and Sandra Ovesen.
The order of the windows alternates from one side of the Sanctuary to the other, beginning at the rear right side (as you face the bimah) and progressing toward the bimah. The first window on the right contains the first words of the Torah, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."