Jewish Community Chapel Windows. Bangor, ME
Jewish Community Chapel, Bangor, ME.
1997 - 2017
Members of several Jewish congregations in the Bangor area came together to create a Funeral Chapel for their community. I was commissioned to design a series of windows, which were fabricated over a twenty year period. All of the windows are meant to give solace and comfort, while drawing from Jewish legends.
The windows are each 36” x 36” x ½”. They are made out of mouth-blown stained glass, with handprinted and fired imagery, and sandblasting.
I worked closely with Rabbi Isaacs of Temple Beth Abraham to come up with appropriate imagery for these panels. I wanted the designs to show people that they are not alone, and also to recognize and honor their loss.
The windows each feature a handpainted and fired illustration, along with foliage associated with Israel, meaningful text, and a border of starry night sky. They are set deeply into the window wall, which adds to their drama.
Photos by Jon Bonjour and Jim O’Neil