Synagogue stained glass
In the beginning, there was a beautiful octagonally shaped daily chapel in a synagogue in suburban New Jersey.
As lovely as it was, the light that streamed in was, at times, blinding.
After some significant brainstorming, it was decided that the Creation story should be worked on as a theme. The six days of creation and Shabbat would cover seven of the eight window groupings, leaving just one wall unaccounted for.
Rabbi Kirshner suggested that the windows over the ark celebrate the Jewish People.
What an honor it was to work with text translation by Professor Everett Fox and with a synagogue community who entrusted us with their magnificent space.
"These windows look gorgeous but complement in a way that make it seem as if they were always there. What a sacred and stunning addition to an already holy space."
David-Seth Kirshner, Senior Rabbi
of Pascack Valley
Woodcliff Lake, NJ
75’ wide x 8’ tall
It began in the Spring of 2005 with a request to help an established congregation replace old and drafty window frames, financed by bringing stained glass into the mix. Wilmark Studios was contacted because of its experience in all aspects of a project of this scope– replacing old window frames, supplying insulated exterior glass, in addition to stained glass design, fabrication and installation. Mark called upon a new friend, accomplished Judaic artist Nancy Katz, to meet the enthusiastic and hardworking newly formed ‘stained glass committee.’
Ayleh Mas’ay V’nai Israel – These Are Our Journeys
Inspired by Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:1: “These are the journeys of the descendants of Moses and Aaron,” the panorama represents the communal and personal journeys of the Jewish people throughout history.
With Torah as a foundation and guide, an open scroll provides the literal and metaphoric underpinning throughout.
"For years to come, visitors and congregants will continue to be awe struck…
Your creativity in design and the ability to transform it into stained glass represents very special talent with which each of you has been richly endowed.
This project serves as an inspiration."
Design Committee Chair
Congregation Beth Aaron
Wilmark’s relationship with Congregation Beth Aaron began in 1986.
At the time Mark was working with Dutch stained glass artist Hendrik Vandeburgt. Henk & Wilmark made windows for Beth Aaron through the 1990’s.
In 2011, renovations to the synagogue brought additional window opportunities to Wilmark.
Henk had passed away, and Nancy designed new work.
Her first original design for the synagogue was a single Rosh Chodesh window. It was Nancy first venture into the world of painted glass.
Nancy & Mark went on to create a series of windows based on key biblical cities in Israel for the synagogue's new Beit Midrash.
Painting assistance by "Miracle Dave."
Temple Beth Ohr
Old Bridge, NJ
This synagogue sanctuary was designed with an interesting Star of David window at it’s center.
Our job was to embellish the existing window. We illustrated the central portion with symbols of Shabbat surrounded by the holidays of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippor, Sukkot, Chanukkah, Purim, Pesach/Passover, and Shavuot. The side panels show an open Torah scroll and the Kotel/Wailing Wall using opaque glass to represent Jerusalem stone.