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Temple israel Woodwork by Alan Ferris

This page is dedicated to woodwork created by Alan Ferris, husband of Rabbi Emerita Helene Ferris. He donated all of these original works to Temple Israel of Northern Westchester.  In his free time, Alan devoted himself to avocations that included music and woodworking. May his memory be for blessing. 

     Thank you to Amy Hersh for photographing and documenting Alan's beautiful work           and contributions to Temple Israel.

Alan Ferris with the tallit rack he created. Photo by Rabbi Helene Ferris

rabbi jaech's reading table on bimah















            One of two identical Reading Tables on the bimah.

candlelighting table on bimah









                         Alan asked congregant Susan Butterfass, of blessed memory, to design a template for the Hebrew that      appears on the front of the candle lighting table. Susan created the calligraphy for the words on large sheets of         paper, cut them out and gave them to Alan. Alan used them to carve out the words and attached the wood to the table.

The inscription is: Ner Mitzvah, Torah Or ( Mitzvah is a lamp, and Torah, light.) 

tzedakah box in temple lobby

storage cabinets in temple lobby

tallit rack in temple lobby

miniature ark in rabbi jaech's office

inlaid table in temple office

stepstool on bimah

                One of two identical foot stools kept on the bimah.



handrails on bimah

chuppah poles

Wed, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784