This image brings together experiences, memories and imaginings from my travels across Israel during my Birthright-sponsored trip.

Prominent among the many elements in this painting are Masada, Herzl’s tomb atop Mount Herzl, Old Jerusalem with the Western Wall, elements from Yad Vashem, the view surrounding Mount Bental in the Golan Heights, scenes from the Negev desert, and the group with which I travelled. There are also imagined scenes from the history of Jewish resistance to Roman rule and the Yom Kippur War, and symbolic responses to the testimony of Sigmund, a holocaust survivor and modern patriarch who shared his experiences.

1. Click the painting to see a larger, more detailed version.
2. Click here to view an accompanying guide to the places and events included.