SPRINGFIELD – “Upon the Doorposts,” an exhibit of 37 handmade mezuzot cases will be on display at Temple Beth El from Aug. 8-Oct. 26.
The mezuzah is a small container which encases a handwritten prayer on parchment which is hung on the doorposts of Jewish homes. Jewish people have observed the commandment of placing mezuzot upon their doorposts for more than 3,000 years.
The mezuzot cases in the exhibit have been handcrafted by the women of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework of Toronto, Canada. Each case has been uniquely designed using silver, gold, beading, weaving and other mixed media.
The exhibit has been traveling through Canada and is now touring the United States. Temple Beth El will be the only venue for the exhibit in Western Massachusetts and neighboring New England states. This event is being sponsored by the Women’s League of Temple Beth El and the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework.
Temple Beth El is located at 979 Dickinson St., Springfield. For more information, call (413) 733-4149. Viewing hours for “Upon the Doorpost,” are Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.