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Art of Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz

April 5, 2019

29 Adar II, 5779

In just a few weeks, families from across our community and around the world will sit down at the Seder table to celebrate the holiday of Passover.  While Passover is a holiday celebrating our freedom, it is also the holiday of continuity – the continuity of family, traditions and Jewish identity.  

Passover is also a holiday of memories.  At the Seder, your family will be drawing from their memories as they tell our people’s story of liberation from slavery and sing the songs celebrating our freedom.  In many cases, the ones participating and leading the seder are graduates of a Jewish day school.

As a member of our community, you know the transformative power of a Jewish day school education and the critical role that day schools play in our community.  Our day school helps to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people and to create the memories for our families by teaching our students the customs and traditions of our heritage and developing the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. 

In order to achieve these goals and to maintain a viable school, we need your help.  Our Jewish community needs a sustainable Jewish day school. Jewish Academy of Orlando strengthens the future of the Jewish people by graduating students with a strong Jewish identity and a lifelong connection to Judaism.  Our graduates continue to excel in the best high schools, colleges and beyond.  They consistently become leaders in their academic, philanthropic and Jewish communities.

Want to know more about the impact of Jewish day schools?  Please see this excellent article recently published on

In order to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people and create Jewish memories for the future, we are turning to you and the members of our community.  We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual campaign by donating to this year’s Passover appeal.  The goal of this year’s Passover appeal is $50,000, and we hope that you will be able to make a contribution. Your generosity will make a difference in our day school by allowing us to continue to make memories for yet another generation of students and their families.

Additionally, any donation in excess of $1,800* will receive a beautiful Passover print of the contemporary art of Rabbi Matthew L. Berkowitz.  Rabbi Matt has the unique distinction of being both a renowned rabbi and an accomplished artist, whose work has been displayed throughout Israel and North America.  Rabbi Matt has partnered with Jewish Academy of Orlando to sell 27 limited edition 11.5" X 16.5" lithographs from his lauded Passover Haggadah, titled “The Lovell Haggadah.”  These contemporary illuminations will make a beautiful edition to your home and help provide new meaning and understanding to the Passover Seder.  Each piece has been methodically researched and helps encourage a tapestry of responses in retelling the Passover story.   Please see the following link to learn more about how you can both support Jewish Academy of Orlando, and own one of these very special, limited edition lithographs.

All donations above $1,800 will also include a copy of “The Lovell Haggadah,” a traditional Haggadah with illuminations, translation, and commentary by Rabbi Matthew L. Berkowitz.

Click here to view descriptions of the artwork & Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz’s biography

Please click here to donate to our Passover appeal.  Remember that every donation makes a difference, bringing us one step closer to achieving our goal!

Thank you in advance for your support, and Happy Passover!

Chag Sameach!

Alan Rusonik
Head of School


*The tax deductible portion of your donation will be reduced by the value of the artwork, valued at $600-$750, depending on the specific print.

Rabbi Berkowitz Bio
Please click on the catalogue link for detailed descriptions of the artwork.