Embroidering Light: A Tapestry in Memory of Ori
1. The Background
After the horrendous murder of Ori Ansbacher HY”D, in February 2019, Batsheva Sadan called to all women to embroider their feelings onto a piece of material. After her post, thousands of women from all over the world and of all ages, stopped what they were doing and immediately joined the initiative. Each embroidery is an expression of one woman’s inner world, and together they form a picture for our national soul.
Over 5,000 pieces of embroidery were sent to Batsheva and they were attached together to create a large tapestry.
This tapestry bears witness to the shared pain we all felt in Ori’s murder and it represents the powerful unity of women that came together in the aftermath. It tells the story of our nation. The nation that has one heart; that when one is in pain, we are all in pain. It tells the history of the Jewish people that was weaved together in the land of Israel. This project started a movement of women of all backgrounds joining together. We are all part of one large tapestry of life and that is what is expressed in this beautiful display of art and emotion.
2. The Goal
The tapestry is 22 meters long and 3 meters tall and everyone who sees it is moved by the expression of hope and solidarity.
At this time, we want to hang it in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. A place where people from all over the world come to pray.
The portable display would later on be moved to other popular locations in Israel and around the world.
So far, the project has been run entirely on a voluntary basis and has had many costs. We now need funds to build a suitable construction that we can hang the tapestry from, as well as make signs and explanations that will give viewers some of the stories behind this special project.