A new handcrafted lectern with a musical theme was dedicated at the regular Shabbat service April 26 at Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights.
The lectern was conceived by woodcrafter Dick Schamberger, who had been a member of the temple with his wife, Ann, before they moved to Colorado years ago. It prominently features a harp, based on a sculpture called David’s Harp in Jerusalem, Schamberger said.
Rachel Eisenberg, the temple’s cantorial soloist, will use the lectern primarily.
The Schambergers transported the lectern from their home last week. Before they moved to Colorado, Schamberger presented his first lectern to the temple, now in regular use on the bimah (pulpit).
“As with the first lectern, the wood is cherry and walnut, with the exception of one small piece on the front of the harp,” Schamberger said in a press release. “It is a piece of black locust harvested from a tree my grandparents planted on their homestead in northeastern Colorado.”
Schamberger said with the completion of one more class, he will earn a master’s degree in woodworking from the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Ind.