Sheva Chaya Shaiman – Kabbalah Artist and Glass Blower

Light, color, joy, and depth define the work of Tzfat glass blower and painter, Sheva Chaya Shaiman. Her vibrant art enlivens her beautiful and popular gallery in Tzfat’s Artist Quarter, where she shares her story, artistic process, and unique insights with thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

Sheva Chaya works in the media of borosilicate glass and watercolor paint. Her art touches on themes of the Land of Israel, Jewish women, Torah and Kabbalah, great mystics, music, and inner light. Sheva Chaya loves to meet new people and share her work.

Sheva Chaya originated in Denver, Colorado where wide open skies and the majestic Rocky Mountains inspired her to begin her career in art. She studied at Princeton University, majoring in visual art and art history, with a concentration in painting. After graduating from Princeton in 1997, Sheva Chaya immigrated to Israel. There, the land, the people, and a rich tradition of spiritual teachings have infused a greater depth to her work.

Sheva Chaya’s artwork attracts art enthusiasts from all four corners of the Earth, and has been featured in several International magazines. She leads various workshops and retreats, and teaches both painting and glassblowing.

You can learn more about Sheva Chaya’s beautiful work on her website or her Facebook feed.

David Friedman – Artist and Jewish Spiritualist

Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a Modern Orthodox family, David Friedaman developed a talent for art at an early age. As a teenager he was inspired by the artwork of album covers of the 60’s and the early 70’s music, and by the mystical art of Eastern mandalas. David attended the Rhode Island School of Design for one year and then left to study Torah and Jewish mysticism, with the late Rabbi B. C. S. Twerski.

David immigrated to Israel in 1977 at the age of 20, and spent two years studying Torah in Jerusalem, where he met his wife, Miriam and after they married, moved to Zefat. In Zefat, David immersed himself in the study of the Talmud and other classic texts of Judaism, including Kabbalah, and continued his art at night. In the 1980’s, he began to produce artwork that was based on Torah concepts in an attempt to integrate Torah and art. The first piece produced (The Orchard of the Torah) is based on the design of a Tibetan mandala, and continues to be a top-selling print.

After a bout with cancer in 1987 David started practicing meditation, and discovered that there was such a thing as Jewish Meditation.

David developed his own original system of translating kabbalistic concepts into graphic shapes and colors based mostly on Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Creation), but also inspired from other texts. He has exhibited his work in North America and Israel, and his artworks can be found in many homes and art collections around the world.

David often lectures on Kabbalah and Jewish Meditation to groups of teenagers and adults, tourists, students or spiritual seekers from around the world,  using his art to simplify and clarify profound kabbalistic ideas. As they say: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.

David also plays the guitar and has recently taken up the fiddle.

Today, David still lives, works and teaches in Zefat, Israel with his wife Miriam  their five children and six granddaughters.

Margalit Frydman – Tour Guide

Margalit FrydmanMargalit Frydman has worked as a tour guide for the last 30 years. She has a B.A. from Hebrew University in Jewish history and Archaeology and an Masters of Ars in Land of Israel studies in Bar Ilan University. She finished the SPNI guiding course in 1984 and the Ministry of tourism guiding course in 1996

Her favorite topics are the Second Temple period and nature. She loves guiding and teaching about Israel; combining sources with hands on experience – including music and art.

Margalit is skilled at working with multi-age groups and connecting people to Israel.

Margalit is also an accomplished artist.

Geula Twersky – Artist, Educator

Geula Twersky’s art interweaves Jewish tradition, history and the many facets of her own life. The pain she felt as the child of a Holocaust survivor and the national euphoria she experienced as she matured in the era following Six Day War have strongly influenced her paintings. Her work delves into the significance of her name Geula — redemption.