A Mezuzah for Einstein

The new Einstein Medical Center in Montgomery County will not open for a couple more weeks, but today its entrance was graced by a beautiful, custom Mezuzah created by  Contemporary Metalsmith, Joy Stember.

Tyler School of Art graduate and NICHE Award-Winner, Joy Stember was recently asked to create a custom Mezuzah design for the new Einstein Medical Center opening in East Norriton on September 29.  Named the “Refuah Mezuzah”, Refuah being the Hebrew word meaning healing, it is modeled after the exquisite architectural design of the new building.

Joy has incorporated the line quality of the design by interpreting those lines on a smaller scale creating balance between texture, line, form and function.  The base of the Mezuzah is fabricated in pewter and a custom texture using the new Einstein logo has been incorporated.  This logo texture has been multiplied on a small scale condensing it and then etching it onto silver.  The etched silver is then high polished and darkened to create contrast and raised toward the heavens on top of 3 ΒΌ” brass pieces. The piece is 9″ in length and  2″ wide. The Mezuzah will be placed on the right-hand side of the main entryway of the new medical center.
About Einstein Medical Center in East Norriton:

Pennsylvania has not had a new hospital built in the state in over a decade.  

“I am extremely honored and thrilled to have been asked to craft a custom Mezuzah for the new Einstein Medical Center in Montgomery County.  To have my work affixed to such a beautiful, public building that provides health and healing is a sensational opportunity,”

commented Joy Stember.  The exciting, new Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is designed as an ideal place for healing and patient care with an eight story atrium as the centerpiece.  It will be a full-service acute-care facility with surgical beds, a critical care unit, an obstetrical unit with labor/delivery/recovery space, and a neonatal intensive care unit.  In addition, the new medical center will offer health education and wellness programs, as well as an adjacent Medical Arts Building providing outpatient services.

About Joy Stember:

Joy Stember attended Tyler School of Art, at Temple University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. She continued her education with summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  In the winter of 2010, Joy went on a Taglit Birthright trip to Israel and while there became enamored with the landscape, culture and history. This trip was life-changing for Joy and upon her return to the US, she had realized her true passion was to create contemporary Judaica full-time.  This decision led to the opening of Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio, LLC.  Joy has been a 2008 Rio Grande Saul Bell Design Awards Finalist, 2010 & 2011 NICHE Awards Finalist & now a 2012 NICHE Awards winner. Currently, Joy is working in the Studio, where she is completing a collection of Fine Modern Judaica and Objects for the Home in pewter, brass and silver.


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