IN FLEMINGTON How to Embroider with Sacred Themes: Ideas from a Master Needle Worker

The Flemington Jewish Community Center will host a presentation by author and master needle worker Rachel Braun on Sunday, November 18, at 2 PM.  Braun mines sacred texts to create beautiful needlecraft designs.  In her presentation, she will describe her creative process in detail from choosing the text to the completion of the final work of art. Her book, Embroidery and Sacred Text, is available for purchase and will be personally signed by Braun. Please register at or call 908-782-6410.

Rachel Braun explores how Jewish and Biblical texts can be embroidered—literally and figuratively—in original needlecraft designs. The results are elegant and inspiring, and they have graced the walls of libraries, exhibitions, and places of worship.  Rachel is a high school mathematics teacher, Torah chanter, synagogue service leader, and Jewish educator. Her talents—artistic, spiritual, and mathematical—come together in her embroidery work.  For the FJCC Program, Rachel will share ideas from her recent book.  You will see some of her pieces, learn how Rachel uses blackwork needlework design to interpret and illuminate the selected texts, and gain an understanding of some of the mathematical structures underlying this type of embroidery. You can learn more about Rachel’s work at her website, .

The Center Series, a programming initiative of the Flemington Jewish Community Center, brings readings, lectures, films and musical performances, to the community, with all programs open to the general public. Upcoming events in December are a Gala Dinner honoring past presidents on December 2nd, a Chanukah dinner on December 13th, a musical Shabbat on the 15th, and last but not least an author book talk by Will Friedwald, author of The  Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, on December 17th.  The FJCC is at 5 Sergeantsville Road, Flemington. For more information about the many exciting upcoming programs or to join the mailing list, call the FJCC office at 908-782-6410.