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Our Past Gallery Exhibits

The following is an archive of past Rosenzweig exhibits.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Judea Reform staff has been asking congregants to keep us informed of artwork they are making as a way to bring light into this dark time.  Thanks to all the Judea congregants who shared their vision, beauty, humor, and ingenuity.  Judea Reform's Arts & Acquisitions Committee is now planning a Fall 2020 Virtual Art Show (see description, theme, and information above). 


May, June, July 2020




March and April 2020


If you have art to share, we want to see it. Please send to 

Our Natural World


As we enter the new year, 5781, we invite you to enjoy images created by 27 congregants. We hope you will be challenged and inspired by this art which invites representations of our surroundings from as close as your home kitchen table or backyard to distant landscapes. Each person’s vision of nature and beauty and its many aspects are all expressions of God’s creation. Each artist has a different view just as each of us has a different relationship to God.

Stay tuned for information about the upcoming virtual opening for the show and a chance to hear from some of our amazing artists.

For more information, or to purchase art that is for sale, contact contact Barbara Silver or email Juliet at

On December 7, we premiered a video presentation of a conversation between several of the artists and the curators of this exhibit. We include a version of it, below. NOTE: The first half a minute or so is silent.







Inspired Voices


An exhibit of the works of Silvia Heyden, Edith London, and Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig
January to April 2020

The Judea Reform Rosenzweig Gallery is honored to exhibit "3 Inspired Voices" featuring the work of three artists who all lived in Durham as contemporaries (at some point in their lives) and were powerfully and uniquely woven into the fabric of our Jewish community.  Featuring the tapestries of Silvia Heyden, z"l, the paintings of Edith London, z"l, and books and handmade Judaica of Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig, z"l, these artists enduring work and blessed memories are a beautiful part of a past that is still with us here in Durham and at Judea Reform Congregation.

Edith London, German by birth, and Silvia Heyden, who is Swiss, met in Durham because their spouses were recruited to work at Duke University—Fritz London in physics and Siegfried Heyden in medicine. The two artists, while working in very different media, became instant friends and colleagues and shared a modernist aesthetic rooted in the Bauhaus tradition. Silvia Heyden and Edith London had already laid the groundwork for their careers in Europe. Both  artists found their individual voices as they worked and lived in Durham from the 1950s on. In 2014 an exhibit at the Durham Arts Council entitled “Together Again” paired Heyden’s tapestries with the paintings of London under the curatorial eye of Lee Hansley who represented both artists at his gallery in Raleigh. Rabbi Efriam Rosenzweig, Judea Reform Congregation’s founding Rabbi in 1962,  was also an accomplished artist and carpenter, working in slate, metals, and wood. Rabbi Rosenzweig started a business called “Judaica Originals and Reproductions” to make and sell art items. He was a contemporary of Edith London and Silvia Heyden in Durham, North Carolina.

Silvia Heyden, z”l (1927-2015), was born in Switzerland and studied in the School of Arts in Zurich from 1948-1953 under the Bauhaus tradition and led by the famous designer Johannes Itten. She moved to the United States in 1954 with her husband, Dr. Sigfried Heyden, and to Durham, NC in 1966 with her family. Silvia was a world-renowned tapestry artist who explored color and composition in her hundreds of tapestries.  In 2006, Silvia wove an original Ark cover for the former Judea Reform Congregation building. That weaving and Ark cover is now in the Bossen Family Library. In 2009, Silvia was commissioned to create tapestry doors for Judea’s portable Ark used in the Levin Social Hall for High Holy Days. In 2011, a documentary “A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden,” was made about Silvia’s art and life.  She explored her voice and art until her death in Durham in 2015.

Edith London, z”l, (1904-1997), was born in Berlin where her exposure to art began as a child; her extended family included writers and sculptors, who enjoyed the cultural milieu of the Weimar Republic; she attended the University of Berlin; took classes at Berlin’s Federation of Women Artists; and was introduced to the work of Henri Matisse. She married a noted theoretical physicist, Fritz London, in 1929 and in 1933 they fled Germany to Oxford, England, and subsequently lived in Paris from 1936-1939, where Edith studied art under renowned French painters Marcel Gromaire and Andre Lhote. Fritz London became one of many refugee scientists who immigrated to the United States and the young family settled in Durham, NC in 1939. From 1955—1969, Edith worked as the slide curator in the Art History Department of Duke University She returned to Duke University in 1979 to teach Studio Art. From 1966 to 1991, she had over 20 solo exhibitions of her work, and her paintings and collages. In 1998, Judea Reform Congregation received a generous donation of an Edith London painting for our permanent collection; this “untitled” piece now hangs in the Bossen Family Library.

Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig—affectionately named “Ef”—was Judea Reform Congregation’s founding Rabbi in 1962 (after leading UNC’s Hillel for 10 years). He brought his dynamic, progressive, inspired, learned, and devoted leadership to Judea Reform Congregation. He had boundless energy and served as secretary, cantor, administrator, and rabbinic leader for those early years. And he had many talents beyond his rabbinic leadership. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute, wrote books of poetry, and was an accomplished artist and carpenter, working in slate, metals, and wood. Rabbi Rosenzweig started a business called “Judaica Originals and Reproductions” to make and sell art items. 

Special thanks to Frank and Carol London, Rose London, Francoise Heyden, Richard Fry, Daniel Heyden, and Rabbi John S. Friedman and Judea Reform Congregation's Arts & Acquisition Committee

Nature's Expressions

Landscape Oil Paintings by Marvin Saltzman
Spring 2019


Marvin Saltzman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931. He attended the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956, and received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1959. He taught at multiple universities, including Eastern Oregon State College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996, where he mentored hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have successful artistic careers.

Saltzman has a meticulous painting process: His vibrant landscapes are composed of a multitude of colored glyphs that are first drawn in nature and then painted from memory. Working in a series, he hangs up multiple palettes around his studio, rotating them until the paintings tell him he is finished.

To learn more about Saltzman, check out this video. 

Our Past Gallery Exhibits

Rejoice, Renew, Reaffirm: Fall 2018

What do the High Holy Days mean to you? A time for celebration, new beginnings and/or introspection? See how many talented Judea Reform members reflected on these meanings through their visual art in the Fall 2018 Congregational Art Show entitled “Rejoice, Renew, Reaffirm.”


Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782