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The Bimah or Bamah , the Teiva, Tevah ,תיבה ,  במה,

It is an elevated platform or seat in the middle of the synagogue, for reading the lessons and from which the Torah is read each Sabbath. According to the Spanish and the Moroccan ritual the prayers are also read from it in the synagogues. In other European countries the Bema is known as the speaker's tribune. Usually the place of the Teiva is in the middle of the synagogue. Lately it is been moved forward close up to the Ark. The Bimah is called also as the Reading desk in some of the Synagogues of Europe. Architecturally: The Bama is usually open in two sides and are approached by steps, at least three, with lamps in the corners. Usually in most of the synagogues wood is the material used. Marble and bronze are used also but less. The desk is covered with rich drapery. I am usually painting the desk cover with rich ornaments as the Parochet. In the orthodox and in  the older synagogues the position of the Bamah is in the Center of the synagogue or in the back near the entrance. The space between the Bima and the Ark is left open and entirely free of seats.

“Always without formulating the concept, I had based my sense of being in the world partly on an unreasoned conviction that certain areas  of the earth’s surface contained more magic than others”.- Paul Bowles. My work- my designing of the ... Read All


“Always without formulating the concept, I had based my sense of being in the world partly on an unreasoned conviction that certain areas  of the earth’s surface contained more magic than others”.- Paul Bowles. My work- my designing of the interiors of the Moroccan synagogue – the Aron Hakodesh, the rose window-rosette, the other special windows of the synagogue- all those creations were born out of an instinctive love and admiration to the cultural and traditional  Jewish Moroccan. The notion of “Orientalism”, of Islamic culture filtered through the perceptions of the west had captivated me many years ago and influenced my art during all the last 20 years. In my work I tried to combine past and present and to express the mystical, the sense and a little bite of the soul of Morocco.

 I was influenced from the Islamic Architecture in Morocco, from the walls covered with mosaic tiles (zelliges), and the motifs which are always geometrical and abstract. Since it is not allowed to paint in the synagogue motifs of figures or animals - it was very convenient to express my art and to be connected with the artistic traditional Moroccan.

During the last weeks of designing, painting and working for the new synagogue – mainly for the Jewish Morocco, I spend many nights of learning about the tradition, ways and environments of Morocco, Synagogues, colors, designing, Jews were clearly part of the Roman cities that developed in the first century. Many of them moved into Morocco by migrating westward along the Mediterranean coast from the large Jewish center in Carthage (Tunisia). Traces of Jewish life can be found in Volubilis, the large excavated city near Meknes. Volubilis was the most Western settlement of the Roman Empire.  The Jews of Morocco tend to respect tradition but are not religiously observant. The community life is focused around the synagogues and social clubs. The Jews speak with nostalgia and longing of the wondrous past of the community, and continue to observe the rituals of saint worship.


Sara Konforty is an artist, who specializes in interior designs for synagogues. Sara designs Aron ha-kodesh- ark, Torah Arks, bima- Teivat Chazzan, Parochet, Vitrages and other objects d’art to synagogues. AS an Artist, any design or plan to a synagogue, including her paintings, her hand made glass and ceramic, becomes a unique art work. Sara Konforty is also working in collaboration with Architects and designers to synagogues. Sara invites you to discover the secret art of Fusing glass and to visit her unique Showroom- studio in Raanana, where you can view masterpieces of her designing.  

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