Jewish Roots – Growing Community through Art

We are all living through a difficult time and people are feeling more and more isolated from each other and from the organizations and institutions that are designed to support them. At the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, we maintain our commitment to serve the community.

One method which we are employing is a project we call Jewish Roots— a collection of at-home activities designed to keep people creative and connected while also bringing us together as a community, if only distantly, through our Creativity Kit.

The centerpiece of Jewish Roots is a tree-shaped mosaic designed by community artist Nancy Katz which was conceived prior to the pandemic. When completed, the mosaic will be installed in the lobby of the Dwares JCC and will consist of glass gems created by YOU— the members of our incredible, eclectic, and diverse community.

Just as each piece of a mosaic is vibrant and unique on its own, so too are each of us. When individual pieces are brought together with common purpose, we’re able to create something much greater and more beautiful.

Our hope is that you’ll join us in building this representation of our amazing community. Everyone is welcome to participate, and no artistic talent is required.

This is an ongoing project. At this time we have no deadline to receive submissions.
We welcome your participation.
To receive your Creativity Kit by mail, sign up using the form below.
To download additional gem templates, or to upload your completed artwork, click here.

We look forward to the time when we can gather together in person to dedicate and celebrate our collaborative artistic creation.

Questions? Contact Lisa Maybruch at lmaybruch@jewishallianceri.org, or scroll down for a list of FAQs. Learn more about the project by reading a recent story that appeared in Jewish Rhode Island.

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Sign up today for your free Creativity Kit!


Frequently Asked Questions:


Mock-up showing planned location and size of mosaic.

Q: What is “Jewish Roots?”
The “Jewish Roots” project was conceived as a way to grow our community’s sense of togetherness. Originally, the project was planned to be the mosaic tree, but our focus shifted with the arrival of COVID-19. The tree is still at the center of the project, but we’re now able to offer a “Creativity Kit” full of items that encourage self-care, as well as peace and beauty at home. The expansion of this plan makes it possible to involve many more people than we had first planned.

Q: “Creativity Kit?” That sounds like a lot of work!
A: Not at all! Your kit will include simple instructions and templates for your art, along with some fun surprises to help brighten your day!

Q: But I’m not an artist.
You don’t have to be! You can share a drawing, some meaningful words, an abstract design, or anything else!

Q: What happens after I make my art?
Mail your art back to us, and artist Nancy Katz will mount it on a glass “gem.” These gems will then be mounted on the tree for all to see. 

Q: Who can participate in this project?
A: Everyone is invited to participate. If you’re a member of the greater Rhode Island Jewish community, or a member at the Dwares JCC, we want you to be part of this!

What will you create?

Q: How can I get involved?
All you have to do is sign up to receive your free Creativity Kit and follow the simple directions inside!

Q: How big will the tree be?
The tree will be 11′ tall and 8′ wide; that’s enough room for everyone to contribute a “gem” (or two or three)!

Jewish Roots is sponsored in part by:

Jewish Roots – Growing Community through Art

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