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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the "evil eye," frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, it is found all over the Middle East, but is older than either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas and Jewish amulets, as we make them out of paper or fabric. The basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art, will also be taught. No artistic talent is required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished papercut hamsa can be framed, to hang on the wall, and a fabric hamsa can become a wall hanging or a challah cover. Materials fee of $5 to instructor on the day of the class.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday March 4
2:00 - 5:00 pm

$36 for the public
$18 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 04 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Sun JCCEB Claire Sherman


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



Claire Sherman

Claire ShermanClaire Sherman creates ceramic sculpture, quilts, and Jewish ritual objects out of clay, paper, and fabric. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in ceramics, she spent a year in Israel, where she learned about hamsas from other artists. She has taught art workshops in paper cutting, quilting, and Jewish ritual objects for adults and children throughout California. Claire lives in Berkeley with her architect husband and two artistic daughters. Visit her website at http://www.claireshermanart.com.