Peter Lipman-Wulf’s copper and brass Menorah, which for 35 years has adorned the façade of Sag Harbor’s Temple Adas Israel, has been restored and reinstalled by his daughter, Ghilia Lipman-Wulf, also an artist.
Conceived during a period of rebirth for both the building and its evolving congregation, the menorah was commissioned by Mrs. Alvin H. Rossuck, in memory of her late husband. Originally exhibited at Mr. Lipman-Wulf’s one-man-show of Sacred Art at the John Jermain Memorial Library in 1978, the piece was mounted on the temple’s exterior above Romana Kramoris’ stained glass windows in March 1979.
The restoration project was welcomed by Rabbi Leon Morris. Ghilia was assisted by husband Bruce Marienfeld, who—against expectation—found one of the flames missing for over a decade in the yew bushes below the site, and artist and jewelry maker Breahna Arnold, also of Sag Harbor. Sculptor Jameson Ellis re-soldered the junctures in need of repair.
With its seven flames, the menorah is considered a traditional symbol of Judaism, rather than the more commonly rendered Hanukkah menorah—or Hanukiah—which has nine branches. In accordance with Mr. Lipman-Wulf’s original vision, no lacquer was used on the polished piece, thus it will again become tarnished over time.
Mr. Lipman-Wulf’s installations can be seen in numerous public and private institutions, including the ceramic wall relief gracing Pierson High School’s main entrance.