Artist Marc Chagall’s 12 Tribes of Israel Windows to be ‘revealed’

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Artist Marc Chagall’s 12 Tribes of Israel Windows to be ‘revealed’

Artist Marc Chagall’s 12 Tribes of Israel Windows to be ‘revealed’ 

at Lion’s Gate during Passover Week on Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 am

Voorhees, NJ – In a tribute to a man who cherished and publicly expressed his Jewish roots by integrating them into his art, Lion’s Gate Continuing Care Facility for adults will be holding a special ceremony to reveal panels that depict Marc Chagall’s famous stain glass windows of the 12 tribes of Israel, on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 am in Lion’s Gate’s Common Hall, 1110 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees, NJ. March 28 is the same date of Chagall’s death, at age 97, in 1985.

In 1959, Marc Chagall was commissioned to design 12 stained-glass windows for the synagogue in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Each of the windows would represent one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Chagall worked on the project for two years, with the windows ultimately exhibited in Paris and New York in 1961. In February 1962, they were permanently installed in the synagogue in Jerusalem where they still reside today.

Having the residents of Lions Gate recreate Chagall’s great works was an art project developed by David Butler, the resident art teacher at Lion’s Gate. He felt the paintings would be great to showcase in Lion’s Gate’s own facility and recreating the beauty and color in each of the pieces would be rewarding for the resident artists. “Each panel tells such a story of the Bible using intricate images of nature and Judaism,” noted Butler, “We digitally recreated them, mounted them on canvas and each artist added his or her own interpretation without compromising the original intent of the work. Having the official revealing of the pieces on March 28, during the week of Passover and on the same day as his death, is a tribute to this great artist who spent a lifetime honoring his Jewish heritage and family.”

Participating in the revealing ceremony will be the artists and their families, Lions Gate Board of Trustees and residents and local dignitaries. The public is welcome. Please call Felice Kelem 856-679-2189 so we may include you in the guest list. Light refreshments after the ceremony will be served.

Affiliated with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Lion’s Gate is a not for profit, full-service continuing care retirement community of 400 residents, with senior living options ranging from Independent Living to a full continuum of on-site care such as Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care, Short-Term and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Memory Care and Home Care. An active art studio is among the many activities provided to residents all year long at Lions Gate. It is situated on 50 beautiful acres in Voorhees, NJ just off Haddonfield-Berlin Road across from Eastern High School. For more information, contact Peggy O’Neill, Director of Admissions, Sales and Marketing at 856-679-2202.