11.30.2011

Quest Gifts




Quest Gifts creates beautiful, functional, and timeless works of art for the home. The intricate imagery of Quest Gifts' work makes their pieces appear every bit as delicate and fragile as the natural objects they represent. Quest Gifts' artwork is constructed from pewter and hand-painted with high-gloss enamel. They use only the highest quality materials: Swarovski crystal, 24 karat gold, and sterling silver plate. Hand-mixing the paints that they use on each piece results in slight variations in color tone, an organic quality that enhances the floral themes that appear throughout the collection.  

The collection from Quest Gifts offers a wide variety of Judaica, including mezuzahs, menorahs, seder plates, shabbat candlesticks, torah yads, tzedakah boxes, hand-washing cups, kiddush cups, and honey dishes. All of the judaic art gift pieces by Quest Gifts are hand crafted in the United States.

A gift from Quest is an elegant piece of art that will be used forever. Whether you are buying a mezuzah for a new born baby, a yad for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to use for the torah reading, or a menorah for the new couple to use during their first Hanukkah together, a gift from Quest is one that will make a lasting impression and will not be forgotten.



















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11.29.2011

Gift Registry: Get What You Want



A gift registry is the best way to let guests know exactly what you want for your happy occasion. 
Register now so your guests can receive 20% off on most of the items that you will be registering for.



Found that perfect tallit for the groom to wear during your wedding ceremony? 



 


Or the color of the breaking glass that matches the colors in your wedding? 

 
 


Or the stunning set of Shabbat candlesticks that you will light in your home on Friday nights? 




 
Or that special piece of Jewish art that will bring even more joy to your home?
















We have paired up with MyRegistry to offer a gift registry for your happy occasion. 


It's so easy. Just go to the Gift Registry tab on our site, select "Create a Registry", fill out the necessary information requested, and start shopping! Once you have completed the list of things you want and need, your family and friends can go onto the site, search for your registry (by first and last name) and start purchasing.

 
Not only does this make the gift-giving process easy and enjoyable, but it avoids getting gifts you don't want and it avoids the issue of receiving duplicate gifts.





21 days until Hanukkah begins. 29 days until the sale ends.

 


Don't forget to register A.S.A.P.
so that your guests can receive 20% off on most of the items that you will be registering for.


And even better: free shipping on all orders over $75. 


There's no better time to start your registry. START NOW!



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11.18.2011

Hanukkah is Here





It's official. It's holiday season a.k.a Hanukkah season!

Get one for you, or give one as a gift. 
With 20% off most of our items, there's no better time to buy pieces you'll use and pieces you'll give.

The countdown begins: 
32 days until the start (December 20th), 40 days until the end (December 28th).

Celebrate this year with a new menorah! 
There's one for every personality.





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11.17.2011

Real Wedding: Emily + Seth

Emily and Seth were married at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, MA. Their beautiful Jewish wedding took place Memorial Day weekend and included many of our favorite traditions: the ketubah signing ceremony before the wedding with their Rabbi and witnesses, drinking from the kiddush cup during the ceremony, and the breaking glass which was broken by Seth to conclude the ceremony. We are delighted to have been included in Emily and Seth's joyous occasion with the exquisite Danny Azoulay Pardes papercut ketubah that they chose to serve as their wedding contract!

Mazel Tov to Emily and Seth!




Thank you to Kate McElwee for the beautiful photos! Visit Kate's blog to see more of Emily and Seth's wedding and other beautiful wedding photography.






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11.16.2011

New from Nambé

Celebrate Shabbat with Nambé.

Nambé possesses a certain mystique. Partly it's their very name and our connections to the landscape, culture and history of our origins. Nambé (pronounced nom-BAY) was christened for a tiny village near Santa Fe in Northern New Mexico where the company was founded in 1951. But there's more to this mystique, which makes Nambé the ''lifestyle'' brand valued by people who love simple, elegant designs and love to share them with others. The most distinguishing characteristic of Nambé is that their company is devoted as passionately to form as it is to function. This dedication to design defines Nambé. Timeless art you can use every day.



Notes from Nambé:
 
Lisa Smith has been inspired by her many trips to the canyons of the southwest. Grand Canyon, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon and others. These canyons are carved from water and wind. The coppery sand and desert flora are referenced by the copper and verdigris on the ripples and ridges of Nambé’s new Copper Canyon Collection. Due to subtly varying verdigris (green patina), each piece is unique, a sculpture of contrasting color and texture. The romantic glow from this pair of lovely Copper Canyon Candlesticks will add warmth to any setting.  Designer Lisa Smith scallops the edges in a symmetrical pattern, with wave-like verdigris. Copper Canyon pieces are made of our signature Nambé alloy coated with copper for heirloom-quality durability. A clear protective coating makes upkeep as simple as wiping with a damp or soapy cloth and eliminates the need for polishing.


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11.15.2011

Judaica Art: Reeva Shaffer

What is Judaica Art?



What is Jewish Art? I have attended many a lecture and course on this exact topic and still don’t know the answer. Is it art done by a Jewish person? Is it art on a Jewish theme? Is it artistic movement — since dance is also art — based on a Jewish topic? My favorite example of this dilemma was given by Ori Soltes — the former director of the B’nai Brith Klutznick Museum in Washington. He showed us a painting done by Mark Rothko. It was a totally black canvas with a vertical white line about two inches wide vertically placed down the middle. He asked, “Is this Jewish art? It is painted by a Jewish artist…” My first impression was no — it is color and allows us emotion in interpretation but I wouldn’t call it Jewish art. Ori then continued to tell us that it is a painting about the first day of creation. The white line is the creation of light out of darkness. We then saw something different in the white line and the black — the image had not changed, but our perception of it was entirely new. This was definitely Jewish art.

Just as the physical elements of Jewish art tend not to stray from the materials of any artist’s trade, so the process of creating Judaic art tends toward established techniques. We take a brush, or a sewing needle, words on a computer, some paint or some fabric, or even our bodies. These are all physical, touchable items, really just objects until we emote something into them that allows others to have a reaction to them. A blue blob on a piece of paper reminds the artist of the sky, the sea — and further, a wonderful time we had at the ocean with our family, when our youngest daughter… and so we go on into something which makes us feel good. The person who put that blue blob on the paper is in awe — at least when it is me — that something the artist does causes such a wonderful reaction in others. But that is what all artistic endeavor does — it allows us to feel something about ourselves because of what others feel about it.

But here is where my experience as an artist becomes more specifically Jewish. I cannot count the number of times that someone will enter my exhibit booth at a Judaic convention and begin to talk about “my tallit” — whether she made it herself, it was made by a special relative or friend, it was given to her by someone in her family — that person’s eyes seem to glaze over and they are lost in reverie, reliving that wonderful time. Just by being there I have allowed people to remember touching times in their lives and to feel great for a brief moment as they explore their personal Jewish histories.

And to further remind myself what is truly Jewish about my art, I need only think of an experience I had tying the tzitzit with one particular family. The grandfather was a holocaust survivor. He cried as he was trying to tie the tzitzit, and remarked that he never thought he would experience tying the tzitzit on his grandson’s tallit. His hands were arthritic and he and “grandma” tied one side together. She held each knot and the strands tightly so he could maneuver the strings more easily. There was not a dry eye in the shop.

Or of a time when a 9-year-old sibling of an almost-Bat-Mitzvah girl was watching as the family was tying. The mother told the son that he couldn’t help, since he didn’t want to have a Bar-Mitzvah and refused to go to Hebrew school. I don’t know what he experienced sitting there watching, but it transformed him. He announced when we were finished — after having said not a word the entire two hours — that he would like to do that for his tallit. His mother reminded him that he was not having a Bar-Mitzvah and therefore would not get a tallit. He told her there and then that he wanted one and would start Hebrew school. She called two years later to tell me that he was continuing with his studies, that they had set the date for his Bar-Mitzvah, and they would be coming to my shop to design his tallit next year. In moments like that, my questions melt away and I know what Jewish art is.
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Reeva Shaffer is a designer of fine tallits, huppas, torah mantles and wall hangings. She is owner of the design company Reeva’s ‘Ritings With Ruach. 
Her work is displayed in the permanent collections of the Spertus Museum in Chicago, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Wilshire Blvd. Temple in Los Angeles, the Hebrew Union College Gallery in New York, and Liberaal Josdse Gemeente in Amsterdam, among many others. 



Click to see Reeva Shaffer’s Men's Tallit and Women's Tallit collections.





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11.14.2011

Dabbah: Menorahs and Dreidels in Technicolor


The Dabbah family has been handcrafting exquisite silver Judaica in Israel for four generations. The generational span of their work can be seen in the modern touches they add to their traditionally-styled Judaica. The Dabbah Judaica Anodized Aluminum Collection is a creative array of Judaica celebrating ancient tradition through cutting-edge design

Modern, colorful and fun, these Chanukah menorahs and dreidels by Dabbah are great for the young and the young at heart. Crafted in anodized aluminum, the menorahs can be disassembled for easy traveling.





Need Chanukah gifts? Dabbah's anodized aluminum Tzedakah Box and their whole collection of sterling silver make great gifts for all!






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11.11.2011

A Dash of Flavor



Pomegranates have a special place in the Jewish religion and tradition. Here are a few reasons why:

Pomegranates were known in Ancient Israel as the fruits which the scouts brought to Moses to demonstrate the fertility of the promised land. 

We consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana because the pomegranate symbolizes fruitfulness.  With its 613 seeds, the pomegranate corresponds to the 613 mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. 

Pomegranates are one of the Seven Species (Hebrew: שבעת המינים, Shiv'at Ha-Minim) of fruits and grains enumerated in the Hebrew Bible (Deuteronomy 8:8) as being special products of the Land of Israel. 


Bring some flavor into your home with Michael Aram’s exquisite pomegranate salt and pepper shakers. Check out Michael Aram’s gorgeous pomegranate household and Judaica pieces on our online store.





 

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New Artist: Joy Stember



We are loving our new artist, Joy Stember! Her architectural design and modern metal work create a beautiful twist to traditional Judaica. 

A little background on our new artist:

Joy Stember was born in Melrose Park, PA. Her parents encouraged her from a young age to pursue the arts. Her father, a talented fine jewelry designer, was her mentor and she was his apprentice.

Joy attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Elkins Park, PA where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. She continued her education with summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

After graduation, Joy established the Metal Arts Studio. She has been included in national competitions and publications such as: Lark Books’ 500 Metal Vessels and 500 Judaica. Her work is sold in galleries all over the country and is sought after by private collectors. Joy was a 2008 Rio Grande Saul Bell Design Awards Finalist and a 2010 & 2011 NICHE Awards Finalist.

Currently, Joy is working in the Studio, where she is completing a collection of Fine Modern Judaica and Objects for the Home in pewter, brass and silver.

See our first pieces from Joy Stember here!

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Got Kosher?

It's Friday. What does that mean? Shabbat!


Come by Gallery Judaica on Fridays to pick up a Got Kosher? Pretzel Challah with any purchase.

Got Kosher? is "haute glatt to go": a store, a caterer, and a wholesaler, with a delicious menu featuring our favorite L.A. challah. When you stop by the Got Kosher? store, make sure to try the Chocolate Chip Pretzel Challah also!



is located at 8914 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035






Shabbat Shalom and Happy Veterans Day!


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