Toward the end of high school, Jonathan Kremer turned from idle doodling to purposeful calligraphy. Lettering and illumination classes in New York City, private calligraphy lessons in Jerusalem and practice helped him to become one of the leading Hebrew calligraphers in the United States. Decorated ketubot and other custom commissions were among the artworks to which he applied his rich Judaic background, artistic skills and imagination.
Jonathan earned an MFA in graphic design at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. For his Master's thesis, he hand-lettered and illustrated the biblical book “Eicha (Lamentations)” and later hand-printed a limited edition of the work. Subsequently, he provided graphic design services to many Philadelphia-area Jewish nonprofits.
While working as a designer, Jonathan kept at his Judaic artwork. As he was drawn to create new art, he also was being pulled in another direction. Jonathan's desire to learn more about Judaism and to share what he loves about religious observance led him to study for the rabbinate at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His art has been enriched by his learning.
As of August 1, 2014, Jonathan will be serving Congregation Beth Judah, Ventnor, New Jersey, as rabbi.