Shalom Bayit Mezuzah and Charm Project
Aimee Golant, a San Francisco based metal artist who promotes peace and understanding though her art has been commissioned to create two commemorative pieces to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Shalom Bayit.
Shalom Bayit, a Jewish center for the prevention of domestic violence, held its 20th anniversary dinner, Creating Hope: 20 Years of Changing Lives, on May 31, 2012. This event served as a fundraiser for battered women and their children to ensure the continuation of preventive programs by educating teens and adults towards a healthier, violence-free future.
Aimee created an exclusive, commemorative mezuzah case (a Jewish blessing that goes on the doorpost of the home) in the shape of a house with the Hebrew letter shin inside, along with a matching house shaped charm necklace. The Shin inside the house represents Shalom Bayit ('Peace in the home') -- the ultimate sanctuary and the profound transformation Shalom Bayit creates by empowering women to safety. Aimee Golant states: “This art has been so meaningful because my mission of promoting the home as a safe sanctuary through the teaching of the mezuzah and Shalom Bayit’s mission of ending domestic violence are perfectly aligned.”
The dinner featured special guest and Tony Award-winning playwright and performer, Eve Ensler, a performance by world-renowned cantor and concert performer Roslyn Barak, stories by domestic violence survivors, a silent auction, and the commissioned artwork of Aimee Golant. You can read more about the event in this J.Jewish News Weekly Article: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/65246/shalom-bayit-to-mark-anniversary/
The artworks are still available through Shalom Bayit. Here are some images of the artwork and the dinner....
Shalom Bayit 20th Anniversary Commemorative Mezuzah
Aimee Golant with event chair Linda Kalinowski and a Shalom Bayit Supporter
Shalom Bayit Founder Naomi Tucker with Tony Award winning playwright Eve Ensler