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The World Rests on Three Things

Our stunning entrance wall mosaic, created by internationally-recognized artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren, was installed in July 2012.

Many thanks to Judy Margolis, Louise Stein, our Art Committee, and our wonderful donor family for making a dream become a reality.

The World Rests on Three Things

Design by Jeanette Kuvin Oren

Fabrication by Stephen Miotto

6 ft x 22 ft   2012/5772


The mosaic design is based on Pirkei Avot 1.2 — The world stands on three things: Torah, Worship, and Acts of Lovingkindness.  The design is inspired by a walk through Yemin Moshe, a neighborhood in Jerusalem in which bougainvillea vines surround the windows of old stone houses and a close community feeling infuses its walkways. The three windows in the mosaic represent aspects of the Pirkei Avot quotation, as well as the tradition that a synagogue should have three doors. Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid’s Bulletin is, in fact, called Three Doors.

Beginning with the far right of the mosaic, Torah is represented by an unfurled Torah scroll. The “burning bush” symbolizes the Jews’ covenant with God. The bush that “was not consumed” is a symbol of Conservative Judaism. The colors and shapes are reminiscent of the new Ark doors in the CBINT sanctuary. The separating waters symbolize going out of slavery toward freedom. The shape of the words Torat Emet (Torah is truth) are inspired by the old Ark doors that were in the CBINT sanctuary. Children celebrate with the Torah.

In the second “window,” Avodah (worship) is conveyed by the minyan of ten people (plus a child). The center “adult” is of Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and is surrounded by different generations. The people stand in front of the CBINT Chapel window and Ner Tamid. A tallit covers the Torah and extends into the foreground.

G’milut Chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) are depicted in the third window: Shabbat is celebrated (flowers represent CBINT as our “home”), people are dancing as a community, and the CBINT community’s connection to Israel is represented. A “tzedakah” box in the foreground represents CBINT’s mission to do good works. Trees at both ends of the mosaic — along with the depictions of sky, land, and water beyond the windows — represent CBINT’s connection with Tikkun Olam, caring for the earth and the people on it.

The mosaic is made of hand-cut “smalti” (Italian glass) with Jerusalem stone and metallic gold and silver. The mosaic was fabricated by master craftsmen in Italy and in New York.

Jeanette Kuvin Oren