Jewish Woman Magazine's website is brand new and improved. American Jewish women need a virtual place to congregate. It is my hope that all of us can build this space for Jewish women everywhere to read and share information relevant to today's Jewish living. I'm very proud to present my first contribution: an entry to a column I'll be writing called:
Identity by Design
Expressing Jewish Identity Through Judaica
By Jennie Rivlin Roberts
Though many of us talk about developing a Jewish identity, what does that really mean? To me, Jewish identity includes what we do Jewishly, what we believe, how we practice Judaism in our homes and with our families, and to what Jewish organizations we belong. Jewish identity is also expressed to ourselves and to others by what we wear, what we read, whether we have Judaica in our homes and what these pieces look like. It can even mean whether we choose to give a Jewish gift for a bar or bat mitzvah or a wedding. In this space in the months to come, I will introduce you to some of the artists and designers who create Judaica and Jewish gifts that speak to us and help us express and build our own Jewish identities, and proudly share them with the world.
Meet Aimee Golant: Metalsmith
Aimee Golant is a sixth generation metalsmith who works out of San Francisco, Calif. She has won many honors: The Jewish Museum of New York acquired one of her evocative mezuzahs for its permanent collection and her Barbed Wire Mezuzah travelled into space on the Space Shuttles Columbia and Atlantis. Aimee has created Judaica to benefit Darfur, Sharsheret, the Paper Clips Project, and more. She teaches at several educational institutions in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and son.
Read the interview on Jewish Woman Magazine >>
This week, we are featuring some exciting wood products for the design enthusiast who wants to bring nature into their home. These wonderful gifts are perfect for the neo-folk/urban primitive/Americana fan.
Wooden Kiddush Cups
On a search for new kiddush cups we wondered, "could there be a kiddush cup that reflects an earthy, eco-centered approach while at the same time holding true to modern design aesthetic?" Well, we found it! These cups are hand carved with love and are perfect for someone who likes the neo-folk or craftsman style. Enjoy Shabbat with your choice of style.
Hand carved and one of a kind.
Wooden Dreidel Set
This set of wooden dreidels are hand carved in four terrific designs. Their curious shapes are fun spin on the traditional toy. A great gift for someone who appreciates the urban cottage/arts and crafts style. All dreidels are hand carved, one of a kind, and spin -- even the square one! Tray included.
Sizes: Round (2"), Square (4"), Lettered (2.25"), Dark Round (2.25"), Tray (3.75").
Craftsman Ladybug Tzedakah Box
This sand-blasted, hand-painted maple wood tzedakah box with Swarovski crystals is both neo-folk and completely modern. The delicacy of the carving on the front of the box with touches of pink, blue and green make this box a treasure for a child.
This week's Parshat is Chayei Sarah and talks about the importance of understanding "true" love (hint: love ain't a feeling). Also featured are a video on Tallit from a feminist perspective and a "plug" for the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival from our friend Russell. Shabbat Shalom and have a beautiful weekend!
Parshat Chayei Sarah
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival