Judaica to treasure
Presents with spiritual meaning. By Elisa Cowen
IF YOU are looking for the perfect Judaica present, check out Studio Luxe, for personalised hand-made gifts including glassware and picture frames. Glass gifts can be engraved in Hebrew — sometimes couples even order an engraved wine glass as a take-home gift for each guest.
Other options include lightweight napkin rings in the shape of pomegranates (six for £15), the Firo Oak platter and dip bowl (£37) and the honey pot (£35) made of pewter and glass, which can be engraved with your greeting in Hebrew or English.
Another inspiring Judaica website is BlueWhite — showcasing new artists, mostly working in Israel. Among them are Adi Sidler, specialising in aluminium designs and Koresh, making unique creations from all-Israeli materials.
Other gifts on this website include sterling silver jewellery, perfect for bar/batmitzvah.
“If you’re looking for something a bit unusual for a wedding gift, then a piece of Judaica makes for an excellent present,” says Danya Kay, at Contemporary Judaica.
“I know from my own experience with getting married you can get so carried away click clicking with the John Lewis zapper, knives, forks, another vase and so on. But actually when you’ve got your new home and once surrounded by all the wonderful gifts that you have received – will you really remember who bought you the bath mat?
“I do, however, remember a beautiful kiddush cup, a gift from my best friend, engraved with our names and the date of our wedding. Every Shabbat a few memories flitter through my mind and I know I will always remember who bought it for us among other memories of our special day.”
Contemporary Judaica has a hand-picked selection of all the ceremonial objects you will need for your new home together — kiddush cups made from various matt and shiny metals and brass to suit all tastes ( from £39-£265); Shabbat candlesticks where traditional meets modern (see Nambe’s
range £115) and anodised aluminium candlesticks in various colours and designs ( from £45).
Challah boards include a range by Nambe in acacia wood and a shining durable eight-metal alloy (£95-£189) with an optional matching knife
(£85). Or take a look at Adi Sidler’s new glass challah board at £139. Other materials include bamboo, granite and porcelain, with or without matching knife and magnetic salt holder, in a variety of colours (£195/£250). Challah knives are available to match or contrast the different challah boards ( from £49).
To ensure that you don’t end up with duplicates and pieces that just aren’t to your taste, opt for a gift list service. You could choose co-ordinating pieces by one artist, or mix and match the artists’ collections, for an eclectic mix of materials and designs, says Danya. “As well as the special memories you’ll keep forever and pass down to your children, these pieces will have great religious significance as you start to entertain in your new home together and be so beautiful that you’ll want to display them all the year round”.
www.studioluxe.co.uk www.bluewhite.co.uk www.contemporaryjudaica.co.uk
Nickelplate Tree of Life chanuciah, £140 and kiddush cup, £79, both by Michael Aram at Contemporary Judaica
Pomegranate challah tray by Michael Aram, in stainless steel and oxidised, goldplate, Contemporary Judaica, £220
Aluminium and glass pomegranate honey dish, BlueWhite, £25
Aluminium Shema mezuzah, BlueWhite, £25
Stone chanuciah from a selection at BlueWhite
Aluminium travel chanuciah BlueWhite, £48
Chai pendant, £19, from BlueWhite