An Invitation To a Festive Event for the Unveiling and Permanent Display of

The Epiphany of Queen Esther

A Colossal painting by the Jewish Iranian-American Painter

Shahin S. Dardashti

Acquired by Nessah Synagogue of Beverly Hills

The unprecedented dimension and composition of this enormous painting depicts the most crucial moment of Queen Eshter’s fateful action to save the Jews from the genocide conspired by Haman

Sunday, March 12, 2006
4 to 6pm

Nessah Educational & Cultural Center

A Synopsis of the Epiphany of Queen Esther

As recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther, there was a Jewish girl of exceptional beauty named Hadassah who resided in ancient Persia with her foster parent Mordechai. King Ahasuerus (BC 465-425) chose her, over all other maidens, to become his wife. Hadassah assumed the name Esther and became the Queen of Persia.

Soon after, the King deceived by his prime minister, Haman, gave him the power and the authority to slay and annihilate all the Jews in the kingdom, which consisted of 127 provinces. But, due to the couragous intervention of Queen Esther, who had become aware of the plot through Mordechai and appealed to the King, the catastrophic extermination was averted. This story has inspired an annual feast of Purim which has since been celebrated by the jews worldwide.

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Shahin Published an Art Book

Shahin has authored a book Titled “The Art of Shahin Dardashti,” which was published in 1996 by the Research and Education Center in Los Angeles, Ca. In this bilingual book – English and Farsi – she shared her experiences as an artist, and her views on different aspects of the art of painting and its different styles. Copies of the book could be obtained by contacting shahinart@aol.com