This ten minute documentary is a beautiful portrait of the rituals and life at St. Catherine’s Monastery. Located at the foot of Mt. Sinai, it is the world’s oldest, continuously operating Christian monastery and the largest repository of Christian icons in the world. The film illuminates the sights and sounds of St. Catherine’s, explores the integration of art and liturgy, and shows how these icons play a vital role in the Monastery today.



  • Written and Produced by: Lyn Goldfarb
  • Director of Photography: Michael Chin
  • Editor: Douglas Cheek
  • Assistant Editor: Marisa Murgatroyd

Produced by Alison Glazier and the J. Paul Getty Museum.



  • Telly Award, Bronze, History and Biography
  • Telly Award, Bronze, Religion and Spirituality


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Exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Icons from Sinai was produced for the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of their groundbreaking exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. It was exhibited from November 14, 2006 to March 4, 2007. In addition to the documentary, the Getty commissioned Lyn Goldfarb Productions to produce 60,000 copies of a limited edition DVD with special behind-the-scenes extras about the making of the exhibition.

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