Negev Begonia

*From Darkness to Light Collection*

Beautiful begonia flowers found at a winery in the Negev desert created by Jill Tarabar for JiSTdesigns



As we traveled through the Negev desert in Israel, one of our side trips included a wonderful winery literally growing out of the desert. In addition to grape vines and a variety of fruit trees, the winery was bright with these colorful flowers. We learned that these beautiful flowers grow in the Negev year round. They are called begonia, but very different from the begonia that grow in our gardens. In the U.S. we would call them bougainvillea

photo of flowers growing at winery in Negev by Jill Tarabar for JiSTdesigns


This window was created in the copper foil method of stained glass construction. The solder lines were left in their natural silvery state and polished to a shine. The window is framed in 1/2″ zinc framing and incorporates wire stamen giving the flowers more of a three dimensional aspect. Photos below of my inspiration:

*From Darkness to Light Collection*

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 continue... into the Light!