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Holiday: Shalom Chanukiah


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To Life! with Mosaic


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To Life! Festival Logo


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Holiday: Rosh Hashona


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Judaica Series I


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Dove over Sonoma Vineyards


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Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species


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Torah Mantle: Wheat


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Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species Windows


And more "Israel" at:   Joyous Judaica

Holiday: Shalom Chanukiah The word Shalom in Hebrew and English rises from the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The bottom half of the lamed-shamash is in the shape of the state of Israel. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
To Life! with Mosaic Within days of returning from Israel in January 2001, I created this collage to express my hope of peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel. It has over 150 individual watercolor-painted pieces. The foreground depicts a luxurious mosaic floor tile from Masada. The top is Jerusalem, and includes the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. The dove has Shalom--peace--in its wings. Chai is inscribed over an entrance to the Old City; and the upper reach of the palm is the letter Shin. Three small, golden, six-pointed stars evoke the memory of King David who made Jerusalem our temporal and spiritual home. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
To Life! Festival Logo Within days of returning from Israel in January 2001, I created this collage to express my hope of peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel. It has over 150 individual watercolor-painted pieces. The foreground depicts a luxurious mosaic floor tile from Masada. The top is Jerusalem, and includes the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. The dove has Shalom--peace--in its wings. Chai is inscribed over an entrance to the Old City; and the upper reach of the palm is the letter Shin. Three small, golden, six-pointed stars evoke the memory of King David who made Jerusalem our temporal and spiritual home. The upper half of the To Life! with Mosaic collage became the logo of To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival held in Palo Alto, CA in September 2001. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
Holiday: Rosh Hashona The Seeing Eye represents God's omniscience. The ladder links heaven and earth, and represents an individual's fate and spiritual development. Views of the Old City of Jerusalem are illustrated through the ladder, and the Judean desert is within the ark. The Book of Life has glowing Hebrew Chai, meaning life. Pillars evoke the temple and the Torah. Vines encircling the pillars are fashioned, at the top, into the Hebrew letter shin, another symbol for God. The sun and crescent moon evoke the change of seasons and the passage of time. Grapes and pomegranates are among the seven biblical species associated with the land of Israel, and also represent fertility. Apples and honey are symbolically eaten on Rosh Hashanah to express our desire for a good and sweet year. Olive branches surround the words in Hebrew and English: Inscribe Us in the Book of Life. The background sky transforms into twin tallitot, or traditional prayer shawls. Archival giclée print, matted and ready for framing. About giclée prints.
Judaica Series I

Jewish Fundraising Greeting Cards

Judaica Fundraising Note Cards

Assorted 8-card package (2 cards each of 4 different designs):

To Life! presents our hope for peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel.

Tikkun Olam has Nina in the vineyards. Her Tikkun Olam is to create art to beautify people's lives. All the grape leaves have transformed into hearts to signify Nina's love going out into the world through her art.

Camellia Star of David shows a camellia inside the star (with chai--to life!-- in lavender in upper right of flower) and the letter shin in each leaf.

Rosh Hashona has the Book of Life set inside the ark

Vividly-colored cards include metallic gold, and are blank inside. For wholesale orders, please contact Nina directly.
Dove over Sonoma Vineyards Dove over Sonoma Vineyards is available as a 10"x16" or 14"x23" giclee print.

The original watercolor painting was 14"x23".
It was digitally transformed into a 7'x12' vinyl banner for Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma, CA.

The banner was dedicated in a special shabbat service in Sonoma on November 14, 2009.
I wrote and presented this poem for the occasion:

Dove of Peace over Sonoma Vineyards
Banner Dedication Poem
By Nina Bonos
November 14, 2009

Yea, I walk through the Valley of the Moon,
And it is wonderful!
Adonai is alive in the vineyards.

I feel her presence within and around me
While drawing and painting from my soul.
Inside the Shir Shalom window shape
A carefully crafted artist’s story comes alive.
Intuitively, shapes and colors emerge
From my heart, mind and hands
To share with you.

Sweet, purple grapes are ripening
While dancing on their vines.
Grapevines appear as outstretched arms of friends,
Reaching for one another,
Linking arms, davening and singing:
Hiney Ma Tov u-ma nayim
Shevet achim gam yachad
How good and pleasant it is when
Brothers live together in harmony.

High above, the Shir Shalom Dove
Sings her Song of Peace.
Soaring in the blue sky towards the clouds,
The full harvest moon, and the heavens,
Her melodious song delights the ears
Of the valley inhabitants below.
We see man and woman’s presence
In the bountiful valley,
In barns and homes sheltered among
Native valley oaks and Italian cypress trees.

Grapevines become a menorah,
The symbol of ancient Israel.
Multi-colored leaves become flickering candle lights,
Warming the glow of Hebrew letters spelling Shalom.

Bright, red pomegranates recall our Torah.
It’s seeds, numbering 613, represent the number of mitzvot
Prescribed by our Tree of Life.
Olive branches are another important peace symbol,
Reminding us of the Noah’s ark dove returning from dry land,
Signaling an end to flood, and a return to peaceful times.

The golden, rolling hills of California,
Expressed in pastel, rainbow colors
Are our backdrop for a wonderful life in paradise,
Here in the Valley of the Moon on a beautiful autumn day.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species My inspiration for the Seven Sacred Species watercolor comes from a passage in Deuteronomy 8.10 where we are introduced to the Sacred Bounty of the Land of Israel: For the Lord your G-d is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of (grape) vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey. G-d cites these seven foods both for their spiritual as well as nutritional benefits.
Torah Mantle: Wheat Wheat is one of Seven Sacred Species of fruits and grains symbolic of Israel's fertility. It represents a farmer's settled life, as opposed to a shepherd's nomadic life. Wheat requires well-tilled soil and abundant rains. A good wheat harvest represents abundance and peace.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species Windows Details from 6 different Torah Mantles illustrate the Seven Sacred Species of the Holy Land (wheat, grapes, olives, pomegranates, figs, dates and barley). Moon in 2 phases illustrate the change of seasons and passage of time. Sonoma County, where Nina lives and paints, shares the same latitude as Israel, so many of the same species are grown in both places.
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