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The Aesthetics Committee addresses aesthetics issues that go beyond specific care and maintenance of our building and site. We maintain the original architectural vision for the building and grounds, including its character and integrity as a multi-functional facility of sacred and non-sacred uses and its relationship to our Statement of Principles. We work to ensure that the building and site may respond to the ever-changing demands, and various interests, of the community with coherence and dignity.

Since its inception in 2003, the Aesthetics Committee has been responsible for many projects, including our Yahrzeit Memorial which is open to donors wishing to memorialize a loved one.

Mishkan Shalom Yahrzeit Memorial Open to Donors

Would you like to memorialize your loved ones with hanging glass tiles in Mishkan’s Yahrzeit Memorial? The Memorial, in Mishkan's main stairwell, is composed of beautiful, hand-crafted, amber glass tiles with names of the departed. We welcome memorial names from members and friends of Mishkan Shalom.

To make your request, please visit this page with more information.


  • Writing guidelines for the use of the building.
  • Creating and managing the design and installation of all the building’s exterior and interior signage with our crafts designer/fabricator, GRAN.
  • Creating permanent donor recognition panels at the Third Floor Landing and individual room plaques (with GRAN).
  • Creating and installing the Heschel-King Room panels.
  • Working with Peter Handler, the rabbis and other committees to realize the Handler family gift of Peter’s Sanctuary ritual furniture, including the Ark.
  • Working with Karen Singer to actualize her design for the Micah tile assemblage at the entrance to the Sanctuary.
  • Obtaining and installing the Ner Tamidim in the Sanctuary and Chapel, including using solar panels.
  • Creating and fabricating the Yad L’Yad panel plaque and yearly updates (with GRAN).
  • Accepting and installing other gifts, including Sara Charmé-Zane’s tile mosaic in the Kehillah Room; Joe Brenman’s commemorative ceramic medallion in the entrance lobby; and Devorah Horn-Greenberg’s mizrach in the Sanctuary.
  • Organizing and installing multiple exhibits in the Heschel-King Room, including Harvey Finkle’s social justice photographs; Both Sides of Peace posters; Michael Koehler’s Post-Katrina New Orleans photographs; Terry Fowler photographs; and Israeli artist Avraham Ofek’s drawings (loaned by Eugene Sotirescu)—as well as Linda Panetta’s social justice photographs in the Social Hall; Peace cranes in the space next to the main stair landing; and Omer paintings of Devorah Horn-Greenberg in the Sanctuary.
  • Organizing the first Mishkan artists exhibit and fund-raising auction in 2010.
  • Working with the Holocaust Memorial Committee to support the exterior Holocaust Memorial sculpture (by Alan Greenberg) at the top of the Amphitheatre.
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