Heather G. Stoltz is a fiber artist who creates quilted wall hangings inspired by social justice issues, motherhood, and Jewish texts. She also creates custom Judaica such as tallitot and chuppot. Stoltz, named as one of The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" for 2012, received a 2011 Manhattan Community Art Funds grant for Temporary Shelter, her installation piece about homeless New Yorkers. Her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in Quilts and Human Rights, Jewish Threads, and several other publications. She was a Drisha Arts Fellow 2008-‐2010 and was an Artist-‐in-Residence at the 2008 National Havurah Committee Summer Institute. Heather lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman and their two children. You can see her work at http://sewingstories.com/.
A few weeks ago, I was at a Friday night Shabbat service with my family. My 2-and-a-half-year-old looked up at me from his seat and asked, “Mommy, who’s singin’?”
“That’s the…cantor,” I whispered back. Of course, he had to follow up my answer with a question: “Why?” (Did I mention he’s 2-and-a-half?) I leaned over and answered, “Because she’s singing the prayers.” The woman sitting on the other side of him sighed loudly. And of course, my son inevitably asked again: “Why?” I put my… >> Read More