Rosh Hashana inspires Tucson artist's custom shawls

By Johanna Willett
Beth Surdut, who moved to Tucson in March, makes and sells prayer shawls that tell stories. One customer wanted one that reflected her love of the mountains and a theme of seeking. She cried when she saw the finished work.
ARIZONA---When Beth Surdut dons her prayer shawl, she wraps around her shoulders a silk garment inspired by Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. The holiday’s start at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 13 begins the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashana lasts through Tuesday, Sept. 15. For Jews, this is a time of reflection, with Rosh Hashana commemorating the creation of the world and Yom Kippur reflecting on repentance and forgiveness. [link]

All Jewish prayer shawls must have four corners and “tzitzit,” or fringes on each corner. These tassels are made from the wool of Israeli sheep.