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Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel


Client: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
Location: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 

Designer: Jacob Landau

Scope of Project:
10 large leaded stained glass windows.

Techniques Utilized:
Leaded stained glass, acid etched flashed glass, silver stain, hand painted fired glasses, mouth blown antique glasses, Norman slab glass 

Additional Information:
The Willet Hauser Studios association with Jacob Landau began when he was commissioned by Keneseth Israel Reform Synagogue in Philadelphia to create paintings that were to be interpreted into stained glass windows.  The congregation had conducted a search for a well-known artist to design the windows.  Landau’s work deals with the universal concerns of Turmoil, Symbiosis, Love and Grief.  His depictions of the scriptural prophets exhibited in his paintings for these windows bring them into the present.  He was called a reformist, a visionary.  So were these prophets.

In that Landau had no previous experience in designing stained glass, Benoit Gisoul translated his drawings into original cartoons and the Willet Hauser Studios fabricated the windows.

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About the Artist: 
Jacob Landau was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, the New School in New York and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.  His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.  Mr. Landau pasted away in 2001.