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    How to Build Your Jewish Wedding Registry

    So you're planning the Jewish wedding of your dreams. Mazel tov! It's never too early to put together your Jewish registry. It's one of the most fun parts (besides cake testing. Mmmm, cake.) 

    Jewish Wedding Registry

    But where do you start? First of all, don't browse alone. Bring your fiance and shop together! These should be gifts you both love. Also, think of the long-term. While you may still go over to your Aunt Rebecca's house for Passover Seder now, down the road you may want to host with your own children. Invest in gorgeous Judaica now that you'll have for years. Your guests want to get you something special that will remind you of them every time you use it. Now, what to get?

    Start with these essentials:


    Shabbat - we usher in the Jewish Sabbath by lighting candles and blessing the wine and challah. 

    apples and honey

    Rosh Hashanah - we dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year!

    Lasercut Vine Seder Plate in Black

    Passover - we commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt with a Seder (order) meal


    Hanukkah - we light the menorah and play dreidel to commemorate the miracle of the Maccabee's oil lasting 8 days

    Jew Steel Mezuzah

    Other Judaica


    Ready to start your Jewish registry? Start here.

    Top Ways to Impress Your Jewish Man or Woman

    Ahava is in the air! So you have a Jewish crush. Whether it is your first date or you have been together for decades, here are our best tips for wooing your Jewish love.

    It's Your First Date: Invest in Yourself

    • Make them laugh! Laughter (and food) is the best way to your love's heart. Come prepared with a few witty jokes or let the Jewish Wisdom Ball do the work for you. LOLz abound!
    • Show your personal style. Dress to impress. You gotta look good! Try a stylish bagel clutch as an easy icebreaker or a matzah yarmulke

    You've Been Dating 3 Months: Keep it Up

    • Plan a unique date. Do they like being outside? Plan a picnic complete with homemade hummus or heart-shaped latkes. Maybe they are more into performances? Surprise them with tickets to a comedy show.
    • Get them something nice! But nothing too crazy. An adorable Teddy Bear or delicate Opal Star of David Earrings will show you are interested but it's not too over the top. 

    You're Together 1 Year: Let's Get Serious

    • Now is the time to show your partner you really care. A special anniversary gift like a Charm Bracelet or Mezuzah Necklace should win you bonus points!
    • Plan an epic anniversary surprise! Whether it's a homemade meal or a dream trip, doing it together will make it special.

    You're Engaged: Be a Supportive Partner

    • First of all, mazel tov! Don't forget to register for Judaica on ModernTribe. We have all the essentials: gorgeous menorahs, unique seder plates, modern Shabbat candlesticks, challah board and more. 
    • Make planning fun. Enjoy the best parts (cake tasting!) and don't stress about the rest. The important thing is you're getting married! And listen to your mother. Always.

    You're Together Forever: Keep the Romance Alive

    • So you found your bershet, this is not a time to slack! Surprise them with something they love often, whether it's a loving card or flowers.
    • Make memories. Put a few keepsakes like ticket stubs, love notes or flower petals in a stunning box and they are yours forever.

    What are your tips for love?

    Artist Spotlight: Emily Rosenfeld

    Today we are highlighting one of our favorite jewelry and Judaica designers- Emily Rosenfeld! Her designs are simple, timeless and yet whimsical. She is also the sweetest and we love working with her, so we wanted to know more, and share a little more about Emily with you.

    Shop Emily's Collection here.

    Have you always been an artist? How did you get started?

    I have made jewelry for my whole adult life.  I started during a gap year in college and continued after I graduated as an English major.  Working for other designers not only taught me skills, but it showed me what a creative life looked like.  I wanted to live with that kind of freedom to be myself, create a community and working life all at once.  Three years after graduating, I started my own business, in a murphy bed closet in our tiny, perfect Oakland apartment.

    There are a lot of nature elements in your pieces. What inspires your designs?

    I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, from plants especially; my garden is another very real creative adventure.  But I also draw from textiles, both prints and embroidered designs, patterns I loved since I was young.  Because I studied literature and writing, I am also inspired by the desire to communicate, clearly.  Using words in my work has been very important.  My goal is to make meaningful pieces, whether it is through symbols or language, I want it to resonate.

    How did you get into Judaica?

    My second year in business, I started getting requests from my stores for Judaic jewelry pieces.  My line has always been very graphic, using representational, rather than abstract shapes.  My buyers saw that would lend itself easily to adding Jewish Stars and Chai's which is what I started with.  Being Jewish, they felt comfortable asking.  Those pieces sold well immediately.  Wanting to build on that success and also feeling like I had stumbled into supremely comfortable and welcoming territory, I started to explore possibilities beyond jewelry.  Mezuzot were the first Judaic pieces I designed.  I loved working in a new way, carving wax, rather than only sawing metal.  I loved the meaning and the possibilities.  The response to that first group of three Mezuzot was so strong, it inspired me to keep exploring.  Growing up culturally Jewish, but not practicing, making Judaic art has been a way to learn and explore my faith.

    Any future designs you can share with us?

    That is a tough one.  I usually sit down with my notebook, a pencil and a big eraser with little sense of what is going to happen until something takes shape, usually after a lot of erasing. I will say that I am excited about my new Line Drawn Mezuzot series, and will definitely be adding to that group, as well as to the sculptural ones.  Tzedakah feels so important, especially now, there will be new box designs soon as well. 

    Anything else you'd like to add!

    I feel so lucky to get to do this work.  To be part of people's traditions, to find a place in their homes or as part of what they wear is an honor and something for which I will always feel grateful.

     

    Shop Emily's collection here!

    The Best Jewish Mother's Day Gifts

    Jewish Mother's Day Gifts
    We are big into family at ModernTribe. Not only are we a brother and sister team, but we are always getting advice (both solicited and not) from our Mom and Bubbe. So when Mother's Day comes around, we can't wait to spoil them both! Here are a few of our favorite Jewish Mother's Day Gifts for Mamalah, Grandma, Bubbe or Savta!
    This cashmere Hamsa Scarf is elegant, soft and classic. Just like Mom!
    Got JewFro? Help Mom tame her hair with the Kosher Kurls/Straight Schtick Trifecta!
    Challah!!! If your Mom is a Balaboosta, this Challah Back apron is perfect to wear while baking up rugelach or babka!
    No caption needed for this amazing Don't Tell Me to Keep Calm, I am a Jewish Mother Mug!
    A Hamsa Opal Necklace is so cute for everyday! And a great price-point to get one for mom, bubbe, aunts and sisters too!
    Twinsies! A special gift for mother and daughter with this matching  Mother & Daughter Star of David Necklaces Set by Emily Rosenfeld. 
    For the mom that has everything, don't kvetch if you don't have the perfect clutch, because now you do with this Kvetch Clutch!

    What Goes on a Seder Plate?

    What Goes on a Seder Plate?

    Passover (Pesach) commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. G-d "passed over" aka Pesach the Jews when imparting the 10 Plagues, including the last plague that convinced the Egyptians to let the Jews free, the death of the first born.

    The Israelites were in such a hurry to leave slavery (wouldn't you be?) that they didn't have time to let their bread rise, and that's why we have matzah! We host a seder meal, which means order, read the story of Passover from a Haggadah, and of course eat (and drink four glasses of wine!) 

    The central part of the seder is the seder plate, a traditional plate filled with symbolic ingredients. But what goes on a seder plate anyway?

    • Maror- a bitter herb, usually horseradish, symbolizing the bitterness of slavory
    • Hazeret- another bitter herb, usually romaine lettuce
    • Charoset- symbolizing the mortar the Israelites used to build the Egyptian pyramids
    • Beitzah- a hardboiled egg, symbolizing life and birth 
    • Karpas- a green leafy vegetable, symbolizing hope, usually parsley
    • Zeroa- shank bone, symbolizing sacrifice

    Shop Seder Plates here!