Ju­daica to trea­sure

Presents with spir­i­tual mean­ing. By Elisa Cowen

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Contents -

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

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