Ark Curtain — Tree of Life
The Education, Beit Midrash, background art is a design element from Temple Shir Tikva’s ark curtain, the parochet. The entire design is seen here. At Temple Shir Tikva we focus on the lifelong study of sacred texts and their contemporary application. The ark curtain depicts a Tree of Life (etz chaim) referring to the Biblical text, “[Wisdom] is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and happy is everyone that holdest her fast.” Proverbs 3:13-18.
The ark curtain also evokes the living trees visible from the high windows in the sanctuary.