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Adult Ed: Hamsa Workshop

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Adult Education Program: Hamsa Workshop

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the “evil eye,” frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, it is found all over the Middle East, but is older than either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas and Jewish amulets, as we make them out of paper or fabric. The basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art, will also be taught. No artistic talent is required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished papercut hamsa can be framed, to hang on the wall, and a fabric hamsa can become a wall hanging or a challah cover.

Class size is limited to 30 people. We will keep a waiting list and will contact you if space becomes available. If you are not able to register, please contact to be added to the waiting list.

Claire Sherman is a quilt maker and ceramic sculptor. Her bio reads: “Inspired by a neighbor’s Victorian crazy quilt, I started my first quilt at age 13. There were no quilters in my family, so I taught myself, making it up as I went along. Improvisational quilting is still my favorite method of quilt design. It took me 5 years to make that first quilt. I finished it just in time to take it with me to the Rhode Island School of Design. Four intense years later, I graduated with a BFA in ceramics. Then I created and sold ceramic Judaica for about 20 years. During a hiatus from ceramics due to life and motherhood, I rediscovered my love of quilting.”


January 13th, 2019 9:30 AM   through   12:00 PM
Oneg Room
United States

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