Magen David

Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged

Somerset, New Jersey

My Dad, Meyer Goldberg, was my inspiration for the design of the Magen David sculptures. His dedication and work for the Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged, helped so many things to happen. The idea of the sculptures was for a memorial dedicated to my Dad, and the vision was inclusive of other dedicated members of the community who have given their support, time, and effort to help the realization of the Home.

A sculptural expression of Jewish-related images was developed with the design: the shape of the 'objet' to be the Magen David ( Star of David is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism whose shape is of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles. ) with the triangles bent up to an angle suggesting the shape of a 'flower' in copper. On the 'petals', green marble tile plaques have names carved into them. The center plaque has the Psalm 71:9 quote in both Hebrew and English:

אל תשליכני לעת זקנה ככלות כחי אל תעזבני

Cast me not off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength faileth

The copper-clad sculpture base stands at 18 inches above the ground. According to the system of gematria, the number 'eighteen' is both spiritual and symbolic of the Hebrew word Chai, meaning 'life'. Over time, the patina of the copper becomes greenish and blends with the green of the marble. Also, when water collects in the flat area of the Magen David's hexagon, the words are magnified under the water. In the Jewish tradition, when you visit a sacred memorial site, you leave a stone behind.

Ms. Goldberg was Principal Architect, GBG Architect,
Santa Barbara, CA
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