Beginning of the connection.
The year is 2005. Noah Greenberg, the founder, and inventor of Kesher Tefillin, was preparing his son for his bar mitzvah. Needing to buy him tefillin, Greenberg appreciated that “modern” tefillin are fabricated using very sophisticated technology: hydraulic presses, milling machines… Having executed multiple projects using paper-engineering techniques, Noah made the connection. He realized that perhaps this same engineering could be used to create origami-like tefillin; cutting and folding parchment instead of paper.
He showed his first prototypes to rabbinic authorities who approved them as kosher. At the same time, one of his educational mentors saw these tefillin prototypes and encouraged Greenberg to segue this engineering project into a hands-on educational workshop. The connection was made – and is every single day with incredible results: more than 8000 students have done the project around the world. Beyond only tefillin, the project addresses a broad spectrum of Jewish concepts and values: including Kedushah (holiness); responsibility and continuity.
Precisely like a connection.
[ A little about Noah ]
Noah Greenberg was born in California and is a well-known artist and educator, holding a degree in horticulture from the University of California. In 1979 Greenberg moved to Israel and since 1980 has lived and worked in the artist’s quarter of Tzfat. Greenberg’s artwork goes far beyond beauty: each piece and concept are valuable tools for conveying Jewish values and concepts.
With his artwork, much of Greenberg’s time has been spent teaching, speaking, giving seminars. He works with communities around the world: Federations and Boards of Jewish Education, schools, synagogues, JCCs, old age homes, summer camps, etc.
In 1991 Greenberg was awarded a grant from the Project Judaica Foundation for his work on the Tree of Life Shtender. He speaks and teaches at a diverse spectrum of venues, including the Yeshiva University Museum, the Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and schools throughout the world where his work has also been exhibited.
In addition to his educational work, Greenberg continues to realize public and private commissions and other projects in the field of Judaica and religious art and education.
His work is represented in homes, private collections and museums throughout the world.
He is well connected (-: