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Ketubah of Micah Weitzman and Shara Saketkhou 

flower monoprint with gold leaf lettering and screen-printed text on paper, 18" x 24",  March 2023.  


Ketubah of Yonah and Noah Broth

monoprint with screen-printed overlay and screen-printed text on paper, 22.5" x 30", June 2023.

Yonah and Noah met in college when Yonah joined the Jewish acapella group Noah was a part of. Because music is such a big part of their lives and played such a large role in how they met, it was obvious to me that music would be a central element of their ketubah. 


The sheet music for “Im Eshkachech” is incorporated as an overlay over the central art work of the Ketubah. It is distorted to mimic the movement of the abstract landscape beneath it and, decontextualized from its purpose, serves as a hidden message for the couple who can choose to disclose or not disclose its meaning. 


In conceptualizing the central artwork of the ketubah, I wanted to create something that was specific to both them as individuals and as a couple. The names Yonah and Noah have a unique relationship. In the story of Noah in Breishit, when the flood is over, Noah is left to face the aftermath and destruction of the flood. He sends out two birds. First a raven and then a dove (in Hebrew, a “yonah”). The dove eventually returns with a fresh olive leaf in its mouth, a symbol of life and hope. In the center of the ketubah there is a small, glowing, white dot approaching the mountain top. This symbolizes the dove, the yonah as it delivers the olive branch to Noah. 


I saw a connection between this moment in the story and the moment my two friends would stand under the chuppah together, and ketubah like the olive branch, a symbol of newness, of rebirth, of their exciting future together.


The meaning of this image of hope, of the yonah in the post-flood landscape, combined with the music of “Im Eshkachech” is a symbolic reminder of the individual pasts they must cary with them as Yonah and Noah begin their exciting future together.

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