Remembering Yael ע”ה

With profound sadness I have to announce the sudden and completely unexpected demise of my dear wife, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM, who returned her precious soul to her Maker on

Chet Mar-Cheshvan (October 24th 2012).

Below are some photos and links which may illuminate in a small measure her greatness as an artist and a very spiritual woman.

כתיבה בעברית ממקור ראשון

yael My photo of Yael taken about 5 years ago


studio Yael in her studio
Yael demonstrating her anaglyphic art at an exhibition in Manhattan

My last photo of Yael with her favorite toy: an angelic bird 

Link to short TV item with her speaking in YouTube with Hebrew subtitles:

In her prolific career as an artist, Yael made over 800 outstanding portraits in various mediums, including her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors (such as Amos Oz, Efraim Kishon, David Shachar) which was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad


Perhaps her most striking portrait is one she made of herself as Queen Esther with her favorite cat about 30 years ago.


In my opinion her most prophetic painting is what she called
The Source of Light -The Resurrection

oil on canvas  75″ x 55″ (190 x 140 cm)
Short Biography
Yael Avi-Yonah was born in Jerusalem, a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art.  Her father was the distinguished archaeologist and historian,  Michael Avi-Yonah, who provided her with the rich background in art, archeology and bible, which emanates from her works. Thousands of her prints and serigraphs on Jerusalem landscapes  and biblical subjects have been sold throughout the world. Her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad. In 1987 she completed a series of paintings on the 12 Tribes for the Yad L’Mordechai synagogue in Jerusalem. Since 1988 she has been working on a series of works in oil and mixed media on canvas and wood in a new and original style of anaglyfic art. Her themes are inspired by Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah and include the Angels of the Divine Chariot , the Four Supernal Worlds , the New City and Hologramic Energies. Her works were on display in the Jewish Museum in London, as well as galleries in Israel and abroad. Until her demise, she lived in Jerusalem with her husband, the artist, Dov Lederberg.

Prints and giclees of her work are available at
The manager of Yael’s estate, Dov Lederberg,  is interested in contacting a serious collector who would be willing and able to promote her original paintings in museums and galleries.
Email address:

2 thoughts on “Remembering Yael ע”ה

  1. I love the live video with Yael describing her artwork. I remember many of her brilliant paintings she discussed on the video when I visited her and Dov’s home. Yael Avi Noam was vibrant, alive and passionate about her work and her life. She will always be remembered and she leaves an enormous legacy of her magnificent artwork for all to enjoy.

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