Of Blessed Memory

Of Blessed Memory stained glass and knit wire window created by Jill Tarabar for JiSTdesigns

25.5” x 28”



Most Polish Jewish cemeteries were destroyed during World War II. Individual grave sites were unidentifiable and the land was littered with “puzzle” pieces of headstone. After the war, walls were built around the destroyed cemeteries incorporating the damaged headstones, honoring the spirit of those lost.


This window is a multi layer creation. Many of the glass pieces are etched with the actual text from the walls. Random shapes and thick glass “grout” form the background. Two hands are hand knit with copper core wire. They are three dimensional forming the hand movement for the Priestly Blessing as known in Judaism. You may also see them as Spock’s greeting in Star Trek… Be well and prosper. Now you know where Spock got it from!

*From Darkness to Light*
In the fall of 2017, my husband Marty and I joined a group of congregants from Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen PA on a fascinating 2 week pilgrimage to Poland and Israel. The trip was designed to trace our roots and gain a deeper understanding for our history as Jews.

This collection of stained glass windows was inspired by that pilgrimage, both the deeply depressing images of concentration camps and uplifting images pointing us to a bright future. We begin with the darkness..

Of Blessed Memory