Hadassah to host tallit artist at luncheon


Tucson resident Beth Surdut will present “The Modern Tallit” at a Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Surdut, who creates hand-painted silk prayer shawls, will discuss how personal stories and prayers become essential elements in her designs. Whether for pre-teens or adults, she says, each tallit becomes “a unique portable house of prayer.” Surdut will also discuss her r’fuah shleimah healing prayer scarves and other Judaic art.

An award-winning artist and writer, Surdut creates the drawings, stories and audio for the illustrated nature series “The Art of Paying Attention” that can be seen and heard on NPR/Arizona Spotlight 89.1 and azpm.org. “Listening to Raven,” her illustrated book-in-progress, won the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for Nonfiction.

The lunch will be held at the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way, with registration at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for members, $27 for nonmembers. RSVP by mailing a check, payable to Hadassah, to Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, 85715. For more information, call Winick at 886-9919.