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The International Hiddur Mitzvah Center

HIDDUR means the beautification or the aesthetics of a mitzvah and The National Hiddur Mitzvah Center will be dedicated to supporting artists and encouraging the appreciation of Judaica and fine art with a Jewish theme. The National Hiddur Mitzvah Center will highlight Jewish art and artists at the local and national level by:
a. Sponsoring national calls for entry for gallery shows and focused competitions on topics as varied as: The best in functional Judaica or perhaps Fine art inspired by the tree of Life.
b. Providing grants to artists to work with children to create Judaica and Jewish themed art.
c. Developing a professional development curriculum for artists and coordinate/encourage visiting artist programming.
d. Welcoming school visits, family mitzvah projects and much more.

The overall goal is to not only recognize and encourage the very best in Judaica nationwide, but to incorporate Jewish activities into the fabric of our lives on a local level.

Creating The National Hiddur Mitzvah Center, to showcase Judaica and Jewish fine art and to support education in the arts is a dream come true for Washington, D.C. artist Gary Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal has been crafting Judaica for nearly 40 years. His work has been featured in hundreds of galleries, museum shops and his sculpture has been presented to numerous heads of states and as awards to many international businesses and non-profit organizations. He sees creating Jewish art as a mitzvah and also believes that art can be used to change the world when combined with other mitzvah projects.

His Hiddur Mitzvah Project has involved tens of thousands in family art programming all over the world with some of the more notable projects including helping families create 1,000 menorot and dreidels for the jewish families of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, working with hundreds kids and parents in New Jersey to create Kiddush cups for Ethiopian bar Mitzvahs in Israel, and helping a young woman with her Tzedakah project of collecting pennies by melting some of then down and turning them into an Eternal Light for an emerging community in Poland. You can read about these and many more stories in our Project History.

The Hiddur Mitzvah Center will be housed in the studio and new 1,200 square foot gallery space owned by Gary Rosenthal in Kensington's warehouse district just outside DC. If you would like to help get the National Hiddur Mitzvah Center started please contact Gary.

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