What do you think of when you hear the word “Jewish”? Annabelle Argand thought of pictures.
Annabelle grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she learned needlework from her Jewish grandmother. Every Sunday, her bubbe would take her to buy a piece of fabric to cross-stitch. She stitched challah covers, kitchen curtains, icebox covers—almost any piece of fabric that could lie flat on something!
where she learned stories, Jewish traditions, the Jewish calendar, and how to speak
Hebrew. Every week she helped her
grandparents prepare for the
Sabbath by polishing their
After moving to Wisconsin, Annabelle worked at Beth Israel Center, her Madison synagogue, and was very involved with the Woman’s League for Conservative Judaism. Now you can understand why pictures come to mind when Annabelle heard the word “Jewish”!
Even though Annabelle’s art work was all done in fabric, you will see many different types of art when you look at what she created:
4th & 5th graders at Randall Elementary write about their visit to Beth Israel Temple.