Remembering Yael ע"ה

With profound sadness I have to announce the sudden and completely unexpected demise of my dear wife, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM, who returned her precious soul to her Maker on Chet Mar-heshvan (October 24th 2012). Below are some photos and links which may illuminate in a small measure her greatness as an artist and a very spiritual woman.

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My photo of Yael taken about 5 years ago

Yael in her studio

Yael demonstrating her anaglyphic art at an exhibition in Manhattan

Links to her anaglyphic art


My last photo of Yael with her favorite toy: an angelic bird

The following two photos show Yael as a Sefer Torah in her special brocade to greet the Moshiach



Yael over 20 years ago found and bought in the Tel Aviv flea market an amazing Bochari brocade, which she set aside all these years to be worn only when the Moshiach (Messiah) comes. During the Shiva (seven day mourning) period, when a small sefer torah was placed in our home for the required torah readings, I wrapped it in this beautiful garment.  When I photographed it after the Shiva, I found the gestalt of her face emerging (without any manipulations on my part). My teacher, the noted kabbalist, Harav Yitzhok Ginsburgh, told me that since she "wore" the garment now, it is clear that the Moshiach has arrived.

Link to short TV item with her speaking in YouTube with Hebrew subtitles:

Recent works at:

In her prolific career as an artist, Yael made over 1600 outstanding portraits in various mediums, including her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors (such as Amos Oz, Efraim Kishon, David Shachar) which was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad
  Selected portraits can be seen at

Perhaps her most striking portrait is one she made of herself as Queen Esther with her favorite cat about 30 years ago.


In my opinion her most prophetic painting is what she called the Source of Light -The Resurrection

oil on canvas  75" x 55" (190 x 140 cm)

Short Biography
Yael Avi-Yonah was born in Jerusalem, a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art.  Her father was the distinguished archaeologist and historian,  Michael Avi-Yonah, who provided her with the rich background in art, archeology and bible, which emanates from her works. Thousands of her prints and serigraphs on Jerusalem landscapes and biblical subjects have been sold throughout the world. Her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad. In 1987 she completed a series of paintings on the 12 Tribes for the Yad L'Mordechai synagogue in Jerusalem. Since 1988 she has been working on a series of works in oil and mixed media on canvas and wood in a new and original style of anaglyfic art. Her themes are inspired by Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah and include the Angels of the Divine Chariot , the Four Supernal Worlds , the New City and Hologramic Energies. Her works were on display in the Jewish Museum in London, as well as galleries in Israel and abroad. Until her demise, she lived in Jerusalem with her husband, the artist, Dov Lederberg.

More information at

The manager of Yael's estate is interested in contacting a serious collector
who would be willing and able to promote her original paintings in museums and galleries

Telephones in Israel:

mobile: 052-662-7620

NEW Tel/Fax: 04-656-3095
USA telephone: 1-720-477-6433
Canada telephone: 1-438-792-0806
Mailing address:
POB 1206, Tzfat Israel 13111
Email address:

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