B’nai Amoona launches art gallery; new exhibit runs through December


Congregation B’nai Amoona created a space for an art gallery in the Oberman Community Room under the leadership of Lester Goldman, chairman of the Art Gallery Committee. Its latest exhibit, which runs until Dec. 4, features Mark Witzling, abstract painter, and Tsila Schwartz, calligraphy artist. A reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23, from 2-4 pm. 

Witzling, who is the executive director of Craft Alliance, spent his professional brand marketing career around writers, designers and artists who visually shaped his ideas. 

Schwartz, known as the Ketubah Lady, is a native of Jerusalem who makes her home in St. Louis.  She is a Jewish calligrapher and folk artist who specializes in traditional Jewish ceremonial texts, amulets, tallitot (prayer shawls) and Torah covers.  

Serving on the committee, along with Goldman, are artist Sandy Kapan; long-time St. Louis Art Museum docent Carole “Cookie” Simon; and Jan Baron and Rachel Spezia, who review the work submitted by artists in the St. Louis community and welcome artists to request an application for future exhibits.  

A portion of all sales benefits B’nai Amoona.  The art gallery, located at 324 S. Mason Road, is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.