Blessing Before Eating Bread

Sarah Berman. 2021. 

Artist Bio: Sarah Berman is a graphic designer and calligrapher based in New York City. She’s been interested in words as long as she can remember, and received her B.A. in Linguistics at Macalester College, in St. Paul, MN, where she also studied ethnomusicology. Most recently, she worked as a graphic designer for a local synagogue, but is working freelance as of this year. In her free time, Sarah is an active member of her local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval re-creation group dedicated to researching and promoting the arts, cultures, and learning of various medieval societies in a creative, supportive environment.

Sarah thinks that words and languages are the coolest things in the world, especially when it comes to the endless possibilities presented by different orthographical traditions around the world. She loves to use them in her art to communicate something that is more than the sum of its parts. She is also inspired by the history and tradition of art, and likes to make subtle and overt references to history and culture in her art.

Find her graphic design portfolio at, and her Etsy shop (featuring mostly calligraphy) at

haggadah Section: Motzi-Matzah