New Lectern a Handcrafted Gift from the Heart

Handcrafted Wood Lectern a Gift from the Heart

Lectern by Richard (Dick) Schamberger, dedicated May 19, 2010.

Master woodcrafter Richard (Dick) Schamberger presented Temple Israel Ner Tamid a one-of-a-kind gift that will become a legacy to future generations.

The lectern, now installed on the bima, was dedicated at the Shabbat service on Friday, March 19th. Fittingly, that is also the night Dick’s wife, Ann Schamberger, became an adult bat mitzvah.

Dick said, “The design of the lectern for Temple was done over a period of about eight months of sketching different ideas. A full scale drawing and a half scale mock up were made and shown to Rabbi Matt before construction was started. Actual construction and finishing took about 300 hours.”

The lectern is made of cherry with the inlaid panel being a book matched walnut burl. The ribbon effect border, as well as the Star of David are fiddle back sycamore and several other species inlaid into the burl.

Next time you are at services, come take a closer look at this work of art given from the heart.

Update: In 2013, Richard donated the much awaited David's Harp lectern.