Yevpatoria Curtain

Image Design ProcessA blue silk and embroidered ark curtain made by members of Harlow Jewish Community has been delivered to its twin community in the former Soviet Union. The congregation’s Rabbi Irit Shillor took the curtain to Yevpatoria ready for Rosh Hashanah.

The designs on the curtain were inspired by pictured drawn by Harlow cheder pupils and feature Biblical scenes, a Jerusalem skyline, a shofar, magen David and Shabbat candles. Congregants spent several months painting and embroidering the designs as well as a delicate purple and gold border. Rabbi Shillor said Yevpatoria was delighted with the curtain.

Pictured with the finished curtain just before it went to Yevpatoria are its creators (from left) Cheryl Petar, Deborah Mortlake, Rabbi Irit, Kuzna Jackson, Irene Steinberg and Vivienne Wright.

Harlow's New Curtain

Inspired by the beautiful ark curtain created for their twin community in the former Soviet Union, members of Harlow Jewish Community decided to give their own curtain a facelift.

Project leader Kuzna Jackson said: “We designed a curtain for Yevpatoria last year, made up of 15 blue silk panels with embroidery, paints and collage.

“But then we decided our own curtain looked rather tired, so we’ve been sewing on sequins and beads to give it some much needed sparkle.”

The sequins came from congregant Irene Steinberg who used to own Kays in Stoke Newington where she sold exclusive dresses and made alterations to gowns. When she retired she kept many of the accessories for the outfits. 


Pictured at work on the curtain on Kuzna Jackson (left) and Irene Steinberg.

Torah Mantle in Full Colour

There was no sign of traditional maroon or blue velvet when Harlow Jewish Community’s rabbi unveiled a new Torah mantle. Blues, reds and golds representing a sunset through a lattice-work cover the stunning piece of artwork. It was designed, hand-painted and sewn by Buckinghamshire artist YuditCollard-Treml. 


Rabbi Shillor, who commissioned the design for the scroll which belongs to her, said:


“The book of Exodus commands us to decorate the scroll in fine materials with reds, goldsand blues so I took that as the starting point. It’s absolutely fantastic, just how I envisioned it. It’s a beautiful addition to our community and I’m sure it will delight us for years to come.”


The community dedicated the mantle at a special Shabbat service last week.

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