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Ilene Winn-Lederer

Ilene Winn-Lederer is a Pittsburgh-based Jewish artist in the United States. Originally from Chicago, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. A member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Winn-Lederer’s clients have included The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Hadassah, NY, Lilith Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Scholastic, Charlesbridge Publishers, Simon & Schuster and Cricket Magazine. Her drawings and paintings are included in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. These are published under her imprint, Imaginarius Editions. She is the author and illustrator of Between Heaven & Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary (Pomegranate, 2009). In 2014, Ilene published An Illumination Of Blessings, the result of a successfully funded Kickstarter project.is It is a collection of thirty-six illustrated blessings with detailed commentaries that are drawn from the Jewish tradition of Me’ah Berakhot (100 Blessings). The illustrations include calligraphy in Hebrew and English, an artist’s preface and introduction by renowned Judaic scholar Marc Michael Epstein. In 2015, Imaginarius Editions released Notes From London: Above & Below, a collection of annotated illustrations drawn from pocket journals maintained during her visits there between 2002-2009.


בִּרְכַּת הַקֶּשֶׁת | the Blessing upon observing a Rainbow (with art by Ilene Winn-Lederer)

Contributed on: 06 Jun 2024 by Ilene Winn-Lederer | Aharon N. Varady | Unknown Author(s) |

The prescribed rabbinic blessing upon observing the meteorological phenomena of a rainbow, together with exceptional art inspired by early rabbinic midrash. . . .

Isles Of The Forsaken, an illustration of the plight of Agunot by Ilene Winn-Lederer (2002)

Contributed on: 25 Mar 2024 by Ilene Winn-Lederer |

Isles Of The Forsaken (ink drawing, 2002) is intended to address the tragic situation of many Jewish women, who, abused, abandoned and wishing a divorce, are refused a get (bill of divorcement) by their husbands who may use their wives’ need for this document as a threat for ransom in obtaining custody of their children. . . .