I create Judaic illuminations in several mediums based upon my favorite Torah text, psalms, and prayers. I also design personalized, illuminated ketubot for the bride and groom. The images I create are joyful, contemporary, inspirational and speak to issues that guide us on our day-to-day journey. They are intended to bring blessing and holy reminders to every Jewish home. I’ve also recently introduced a new line of spiritual jewelry which has been happily purchased by peeps all over America!
I work in several mediums including acrylic and watercolor, as well as college/multimedia, for which I am noted. I have created bold and bright, large pieces that are appropriate for a Temple or can serve as a focal point in your home. I also have created dozens of smaller, affordable images so that everyone can have access to beautiful Judaic artwork.
I present and teach hands-on workshops for Temples, schools and organizations where participants of all ages and all levels of skill can learn about Judaic art and create their own unique piece.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi has honored me as an Artist and Artisan in the Sacred Guild of the Disciples of Betzalel. The UAHC (Reform Movement) has selected several of my images for book, CD and songbook covers. Many images adorn greeting cards which can be purchased at fine gift and Judaica shops throughout America. I am also a proud lifetime member of Hadassah and I was recently honored at the Aleph Kallah as an “Eishet Chazan”, a Woman of Vision. I am also a proud member of the American Guild of Judaic Artists.
My work has been exhibited and extensively collected throughout America and is in private, organizational and Synagogue collections.
I am married to Rabbi/Chaplain Leon Olenick and I’m the mother of three grown children, and Bubbie to 9 grandchildren, from whom I constantly draws inspiration and naches.
I have been privileged to present my work in many fine juried art shows and galleries throughout America. My collectors bring the artwork home to destinations throughout America, Europe, Australia, Canada, South and Central America – even Hong Kong. For many of these folks, it is the first piece of Judaica in their homes. It is my honor and privilage to be able to create my vision of Judaic texts and I am filled with gratitude for my peeps who continue to support my work. Keep posted for ever emerging new work. b’shalom, Jackie
“Making the old new and the new holy”