Finding Spirituality in Nature


Finding Spirituality in Nature by Rivka SchaferArtist’s Statement: I have always found spirituality in nature. Sometimes I connect more to God when I am in the forest than when I am in synagogue. I see God’s work in the intricate beauty of nature. I find God in the leaves, in the dirt, and in the trees. I made this painting to represent how interconnected nature and Judaism are to me, and to display how I see nature: as a vibrant, colorful, spiritual space.

Rivka Schafer (they/them) is a member of the class of 2023 at The Idea School in Teaneck, New Jersey. They love art, nature, and activism. Their hobbies include acting, photography, singing, writing, painting, swimming, and gardening. They have been dubbed “the ray of sunshine” by their friends and love to emulate positivity. Their biggest goal in life is to change the world for the better.