The Kristallnacht Project - Putting the pieces back together

 

The Kristallnacht Project was born out of the highly succesful Hiddur Mitzvah Project. The creation of the glass wall tiles and any future Kristallnacht Judaica will follow the same process as a Hiddur Mitzvah progam follows, allowing us to take a refined process and apply it to the huge undertaking of creating a 600 square foot wall. This process is what will make global participation possible.

The Hebrew word mitzvah literally means commandment, but in the Jewish tradition, it has also come to mean blessing or good deed. Hiddur means to make beautiful. Thus, the concept of hiddur mitzvah can be viewed as a directive to make commandments and their fulfillment beautiful while doing good. We think that all Jewish ritual pieces required in mitzvot should be as aesthetically pleasing as possible in order to glorify G-d and his commandments.

The Hiddur Mitzvah Project is the creation of Gary Rosenthal. In the spirit of hiddur mitzvah, he has been creating a unique line of sculpture called The Gary Rosenthal Collection for over thirty years. His beautiful, functional works of art are made of mixed metal and brilliant fused glass, and they exhibit a contemporary style that is deeply rooted in tradition.

The Hiddur Mitzvah Project makes it possible for people of all ages to participate in the creation of their own Judaica in the style of Gary Rosenthal. The complex process of creating brilliant fused glass is simplified so that anyone at all can make their own. Using white glue, participants create mosaics of glass pieces on precut glass templates. Those mosaics are sent back to the Gary Rosenthal Collection studio where they are fired and become part of a finished piece of Judaica. We've even developed a special process that allows children too young to handle small pieces of glass to participate.

Children in Jewish families are traditionally taught Jewish laws and rituals, but values like art and creativity in Jewish life are sometimes overlooked. The mission of the Hiddur Mitzvah Project is to ensure appreciation and a sense of artistic responsibility in children and communities alike. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is committed to performing and helping others perform hiddur mitzvot through The Hiddur Mitzvah Project--a fun way to perform a service and at the same time teach invaluable lessons about arts enrichment and community service.