Hello! Rita here.
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to Casa Israel. I am grateful that you’ve chosen to spend some of your valuable time here, learning about my passion for art and my deep love for the people of Israel. And, I would like to share with you how God, as God so often does, has directed my passion in a way that my love for art may be used to glorify Him and support God’s Chosen People.
I want to share a bit of my history and what led me to Jerusalem. I grew up in Southern Brazil and speak five languages. Currently, I am studying Biblical and modern Hebrew. I have been blessed to be able to travel extensively throughout my life and have visited over 50 countries.
But, it was a visit to Israel in 1989 that set my life’s course in a new and holy direction. That visit lit a fire inside of me — to learn more about the Bible and the Jewish roots of Christianity. As my understanding deepened, I became convicted by the call laid out in Isaiah 40:1 …
Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
I could not ignore the call of God to support Israel and her people, so I became a part-time citizen. I now split my time between Austin, TX, and Jerusalem. I spend my days in Jerusalem managing art programs and volunteering with various humanitarian projects.
In working with these incredible people and non-profit organizations, I realized I could use my God-given gifts to promote awareness of the plight of Israel, showcase the work of the Israeli art community and raise much-needed funds for non-profit organizations that support the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel.
I have always been drawn to the creative world of art and I love exploring new painting styles and mediums. As you’ll see on the website, I have photographs, paintings, and jewelry available for purchase. It is important to me that you know this — 100% of the net profits from any purchase made through Casa Israel is reinvested in carefully vetted non-profit organizations who are committed to bringing peace and healing to the people of Israel.
I pray that you are moved by what you see here. I pray that you are inspired by the beauty and spirit of the people of Israel.