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Revital is a stained-glass Judaic artist-cum-scholar and educator.  She started her teaching career in the Israeli Defense Force, where she was one of the first women artillery officers. After receiving her BA in Architecture from the Technion in Haifa, she traveled around the world, eventually settling in Los Angeles, where she practiced as a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed to audit in California.

As an  executive at Mayer Hoffman  McCann, Revital trained accounting staff and managed  audit teams during the week while serving  as art director for Leo Baeck Temple  Religious  School  on Sundays.  In 2008, she reinvented herself as  a full-time Judaic artist and scholar. Winning awards from the Israeli American Council  and Hadassah for her unique brand of Judaic artwork,  Revital proceeded to teach biblical texts and commentary thereon through art. In recent  years,  she has been serving as artist/scholar-in-residence, as well as writing curricula and teaching, in communities  and universities such as AJU and its Brandeis Collegiate Institute, CSUN, and the Melton School of Adult Jewish Education.

I owe an immense debt of gratitude to AJRCA, for embracing and encouraging the creative approach to education and worship. Similarly, to the brave congregation at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in Woodland Hills: Under the outstanding leadership of Rabbi Camras,this congregation is wholeheartedly participating in the Creation Journey with the Artist©; a three-year project co-created with congregants based on the study of Creation texts and culminating in a permanent art installation. To my family and friends, thank you for your unbounded love, vote-of-confidence,and patience during the last 5 years: you are a blessing beyond measure!

After receiving her Master of Jewish Studies with a  specialization in Interfaith Relations, Revital plans to continue democratizing, concretizing, and relevantizing text-study to help strengthen Jewish awareness  and identity, as well as to enhance cooperation between communities  and individuals of different faiths. She is also pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Theology at Loyola Marymount University

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