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Artist Saara Gallin


Am Echad, 1998

One People – One Nation
Saara Gallin

Am Echad was generously donated to the Shames JCC by the artist, Saara Gallin, a long-time resident of Greenburgh and supporter of the JCC. It is currently on display by the main Welcome Desk. Next time you visit, stop by to admire the piece and say “hi” to Saara, who can be found most mornings in the JCC Aquatics Center swimming laps.

Part of an affirmation series, the goal of Am Echad is to honor specific individuals who have responded to the cynicism which has threatened humanity throughout the ages with an emphatic YES! to life. The word “yes” or “ken” in Hebrew, as well as the signatures of each of the individuals has been engraved in the glass. This glass stele was created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel and seeks to honor ALL who brought Israel to that wonderful day, while recognizing the great diversity within the Israeli population.

More of Saara’s work can be found at the Hebrew Union College Museum in New York City; Yeshiva University Museum in New York City; Center for Jewish History in New York City; Esther Raushenbush Library at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY; and The Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. Her passion to work with stained glass began almost 50 years ago and continues to this very day. She serves as a senior advisor to the American Glass Guild, a position she is particularly proud of and honored by.