picture symbolizes the pluralism in the democratic Jewish State of Israel that represents what humanistic Jews consider to
be a very challenging, but magnificent goal of the state of Israel.
We are looking at the East gate in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's
old city and see the line of hovels with the common orange roof. On their clotheslines, one has a Palestinian flag attached,
another neighbor flies the Israeli flag.
Above these homes, we see an amazing view of the Mount of Olives (Mount
Olive). There are the remains of the 13th century mosaic fronted synagogue (2/3s up left of center), the Byzantine convent
(tower at left on top of mountain), the center mosque that was built after razing the Christian church at the point where
Jesus, ostensibly, delivered his Sermon on the Mount and the multi-leveled rock strewn cemetery where so many of the patriarchs
are said to be buried along with others of our forefathers.
This image captures the spirit of humanism in its quest
to form pluralistic societies out of divergent cultures. This shows the true spirit of Tikkun Olam; building a world for
Rosenblum first came upon this scene during a pluralistic mission for MetroWest, his local UJC Federation. There he met the
Israeli artist, Robert Rosenberg, who had made Aliyah about ten years earlier from Kazakhstan. His works appear in galleries
and museums all over the world. Marvin attempted to describe the scene he wanted to memorialize. Robert said, "I know
exactly what you are talking about." Marvin commissioned the painting, which now hangs in his home, about 4' X 30",
a daily reminder of a personal pursuit.