The chapel tapestry Covenant which hangs above our ramp off our Foyer, depicts the relationship between God and humankind and especially the relationship between God and the Jewish people. In so doing, it includes a quote from Micah 6:8.
It has been told thee, O man, what is good
And what the Lord does require of thee:
ONLY TO ACT JUSTLY, TO LOVE MERCY,
AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD.
These precepts have set the standards of devotion, compassion, and Virtue to which Jews have aspired through the two thousand years of the Diaspora. The Covenant of Sinai, stated so specifically in the Ten Commandments, is in this verse from Micah distilled to an ethical code of universal application.
The design of Covenant is in the shape of the Tablets of the Law; a pillar of smoke moves upward across the left tablet and a pillar of fire across the right. These elements – Tablets, Smoke, and Fire – guided the people of Israel spiritually and physically by day and by night during their desert sojourn. The Hebrew inscription, positioned at the core of the tablets, focuses on Micah’s interpretation of God’s covenant with Israel. Found in the inscription is the word “chesed,” which bridges the ancient and the modern by reminding us of the name of this congregation as well as the words of the prophet.
Covenant was designed by Muriel Nezhnie of Saint Louis, Missouri. It was dedicated in memory of Belvin W. Blachman at Gomley Chesed Synagogue, Portsmouth, Virginia, in August 1982 and rededicated in memory of Belvin W. Blachman and Jeanette G. Blachman in 2012. In August of 2015 this tapestry was relocated to Beth Emet, with much appreciation to Beverly and Michael Huckman who made this possible.