Helen Burke



Helen Burke (1916 – 1987) was a metal artist who was an artist in residence at Camp Swig in Northern California for over 20 years. She became an artist in her early 40s after raising four children. She studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Rabbi Joseph Glazer invited her for a two week teaching assignment at Camp Swig in California and she stayed more than twenty years. She is well known for her Jewish ceremonial art and sculptures made in bronze and copper. Her best known work may be a traveling ark that was used at Camp Swig and which was recently restored.

Her mezuzah cases are large and typically range from 6-8 inch