Artist’s Statement

    Deborah Rolnik Raichman is a Brazilian judaica artist presently living in Houston. The warm and vivid colors from tropical Brazil, where she was raised, are a steady presence in her work. From her European parents, who were Holocaust refugees, she inherited a passion for everything Jewish. During her graduate studies in architecture, she became interested in Jewish art and religion which has… Read more →

Selected Publications

03/2013 – ‘Yiddish Redt Zich Aleyn’ (Yiddish Comes Naturally) is the cover of the Jewish Herald Voice Passover Magazine. 09/2009 – Featured Artist of the 2009/2010 Women of Reform Judaism Art Calendar. 09/2009 – Featured Artist of the: Safeway 2010 Jewish Heritage Calendar (600,000 printed) 09/2008 – Featured Artist of the: Safeway 2009 Jewish Heritage Calendar (450,000 printed) 09/2007 –… Read more →


SOLO EXHIBITS 08/ 2015 – Deutser Gallery, at ERJCC, “Nu? Voss Zogt A Yid? A Personal Interpretation of Yiddish Sayings and Proverbs”, Houston, TX 05/2014 – Chabad Center of Stamford, “ Deborah Rolnik Raichman’s Art, Stamford, CT. 01/2014 – Meyerland Minyan, “Deborah Rolnik Raichman’s Art”, Houston, TX 11/2013 – United Orthodox Synagogues, “Deborah Rolnik Raichman’s Art”, Houston,TX. 01/2010 – Chabad… Read more →

Reish #1


Watercolor 25″ x 19″ Reish is the Aramaic word for head, or beginning.   According to the Midrash:    Rosh,head in Hebrew, is the Holy One, Blessed is He.   He is the ‘Head’ of the entire world, and He is the ‘End’ of the entire world. The shape of the letter can be seen as a passageway through which man can… Read more →

Kof #1


Watercolor Private Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Barnett ‘Kuf’ is composed of two elements: one higher and one lower.   The higher one seems to represent the sky, while the lower one reminds us of a humble praying person.    The letter Kof alludes to the word ‘keddushah’, holiness.    The Torah tells us:    ‘Holy shall you be because I… Read more →

Final Tzadi #1

Final Tzadi

watercolor 20″ x 26″ The final “Tzadi” with its upright shape represents the righteousness of God and devout human beings. The final Tzadi is the final letter in the word earth, which is one of the four elements with which the world was created:   earth, air, water and fire.   It’s also the final letter of the word ‘ets’ (tree), the… Read more →

Tzadi #1


Watercolor Part of the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. S. Amber “Tzadi” or “Tzaddik” is the eighteenth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.   The “Tzadi” represents the righteousness of God and devout human beings.   The term ‘tzaddik’’ is applied to those who conduct themselves with integrity, truth and justice.   One who lives in accordance with the Torah’s dictum:   ‘Justice,… Read more →

Final Phey

Final Phey

Mixed Media 20 3/4″ x 26″ The letter Peh is related to the mouth: peh, mouth in Hebrew. “Final Fey” was associated by the rabbis to the open mouth, speaking and words. This painting was inspired by sayings from Mishleh that compare words to the sea: ” hurtful words are like stormy waters, they can harm and destroy;  kind words… Read more →

Peh #1


Mixed media 27″ x 20″ The peh, mouth in Hebrew, makes a human being able to fulfill te ultimate purpose of creation:   to sing the praises of the Almigty and to study his Torah.   As the Psalm (115:17) says “the dead do not praise God but living people do, by virtue of their speech.” Read more →

Ayn #1edited


Watercolor 26″ x 20″ The word Ayn means eye.   Another meaning for the word Ayn is spring of water.   Just as a spring brings water from the dark depth of the Earth to the light, so the eye brings the perception of the world to man. Read more →

Samech #1


Private Collection: Dr. & Mrs. I. Fishman The round closed frame of the letter “samech” represents an inner core protected by a surrounding perimeter.    Its closed circle indicates that Hashem protects His children like a “surrounding wall of fire” (Zechariah 2:9).   The burning bush is a symbol of the Jewish people and their survival throughout history. Read more →

Nun #1


Watercolor on oriental paper 25″ x 19″  “Nun” is the initial letter of the word “neshamah” (soul), which is symbolized by a burning candle.  The flame of fire shoots heavenward, apparently defying the very laws of gravity. Read more →

Mem #3


Watercolor Collection of the Mikveh Taharas Ysrael at the Chabad Lubavitch Center in Houston  “Mem” begins and closes the Hebrew word for water (mayim) and symbolizes for Jewish mystics the vast sea of human consciousness.   It is also associated with “mikvah” which brings about purification. Read more →

Lamed 72dpi edited


Watercolor 25″ x 19″ The name of the letter ‘Lamed’, is related to ’lamad’, which refers to teaching and to learning.   The fact that the tallest letter of the alephbet is the one that implies learning and teaching shows us that this quality is man’s greatest gift. The name ‘Lamed’ , for learning, is an acronym of ‘a heart understands… Read more →

Chaf #2 edited


Watercolor & collage 27″x 34″   The Hebrew word ‘chaf’ means the palm of the hand which represents productivity and accomplishments.   There is so much more that can be accomplished by putting many hands together, like the flower in this painting. Read more →

Yizkor #2

Yizkor (Memorial Box)

Memorial to my grandfather Avrumele who was murdered, in Poland, during the Holocaust.Those who knew him called him a “sheyner Yid”. My father’s tefilin are the only thing our family owns that was ever touched by my grandfather. With that in mind I designed this box. The inside has a broken and burned picture frame around his photo and a… Read more →

The Holocaust

The Shoah

Watercolor and Collage 23 1/2″ x 29 1/2″ This collage was made in rememberance of the artist’s grandparents, Avrumele and Bayla Rolnik, and aunts who were murdered, in Poland, during the Holocaust. The image is covered by red and black symbolizing fire and destruction. The gate of Aushwitz, with the words: Arbeit Macht Frei (works brings freedom) oversee the map… Read more →


יעדער מענטש האט זיך זיין פעקל (Every Person Carries a Bundle)

The Yiddish expression: ” Yeder Mentsh mit Zayn Pekl“, everyone carries a bundle, means that everyone has a set of problems, conditions, difficulties in their lives… Some carry them more easily thaמ others! Among the background lines of life, images of people and their packages were placed. Some carry them more easily than others. It’s sometimes a matter of attitude. Read more →

Tet #2


Watercolor 28″ x 22″ Private Collection Tet’s numerical value is nine, which corresponds to the months of gestation.   The first Tet that appears in the Torah is in the word “Tov”, which means ‘good’ (Genesis 1:4).    Our Guide in choosing the good in life is the Torah, which is called “a good acquisition”. “For a good acquisition have I… Read more →