SOUTH CAROLINA- After discovering and admiring the art form of Micrography in Israel a few years ago, Rae Antonoff returned to America and taught herself how to do it. Micrography – also known as micro-calligraphy – is a demanding, yet rewarding craft that was developed by Jews hundreds of years ago, and it’s basically scripting impossibly small Hebrew words to create an actual piece of art inspired by women of the Jewish Bible, the books of Genesis and Exodus and a series based on the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
A rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, Antonoff recently led High Holy Day services at Adath Yeshurun Synagogue in Aiken, South Carolina. Services concluded Wednesday with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Antonoff brought a portfolio of her work to a breakfast following the evening service, which fascinated members of the congregation.
“It is a type of calligraphy,” she said, “but the lettering is much smaller. It’s also a different training process, with each traditional letter as an art form.”