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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

2 Comments 03 April 2011

 

In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.
 

Lillian Antar Shomer
Event Design & Planning

 

 

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

No Comments 18 March 2011

 

 

 

On Passover,  don’t forget that its the little glimmery holiday touches that add to the WOW factor of your table. One of my favorite  Judaica Designers is Laura Cowan who is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of  the land of Israel’s dreamy sea and sky. I recently contacted Laura to asks her about her inspirations, and I was immediately drawn into the way that she was able to translate her passion for outer space into her gorgeous moon inspired Seder Plate featured below.

 I was so impressed to hear that it has been featured  in Bon Appetit and  Epicurious.com. (If you’d really like to be impressed, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all of the galleries and museum shops that her work is featured in.)

According to Laura, “I had an image of moon craters in my head but I didn’t know how I was going to make this design until I started experimenting with different types of metals, thickness of metal and shapes. Each time I would adjust the type or thickness of the metal, or the size and depth of the indentations until I got a look closest to what I had imagined. Although because the dips are made by hand, each one turns out slightly different.”

When I asked her about the materials that she used, she said  “I chose aluminum because the shapes came out softer than steel but more defined than on brass. Also I love the bright, white, mirror finish that doesn’t tarnish.To make sure it was user friendly I tried out several types of chrane to check that it didn’t leave a stain (it doesn’t!)”

 “Most of my work is about vertical lines – “weightless” rockets and cones shooting up into space.
I knew that for a matzah plate that these motifs wouldn’t work because a plate is of course, horizontal by nature.
I had designer’s block for months until I realized that every time I had been cycling on the “tayelet” (promenade) I had been gazing at the shapes of the yachts on the Mediterranean sea and the fishing boats in Old Jaffa’s harbor. So back in my studio, I curved pieces of highly polished steel to reflect the ocean waves and the sails that glide upon it.
I wanted the piece to look like a piece of sculpture so I used hidden magnets so that the waves can be placed anywhere on the plate.”
I want all of my hostesses to know that these Judaica pieces are even more gorgeous in person, and we recently sold them at a community event.
Dozens of  Laura’s seder plate and napkin holders were purchased so quickly that we had to re-order them on the spot. 
Many women bought two matzo holders so that they could place  each one on each end of their holiday tables.
I asked Laura if she could offer my Jewish  Hostess readers a discount, and if you order ASAP  you can take 5% off the price on the checkout page.
Your discount will be reflected on your credit card statement as her website does not discount out automatically.
Make sure you write 5%Jewish Hostess on the checkout page.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, and send me pics of your beautiful seder tables! email to my photos@thejewishhostess.com.
Matzo Holder $195. – I bought these gorgeous matzo holders as holiday gifts for some special people in my life, and I can’t wait to give it to them!

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Rectangle Modern Matzo Holder by Laura Cowan

2- Square Modern Matzo Holder- 11″x 11″ x 13″

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3- Modern Moon Inspired Seder Plate-$ 240 (includes shipping) A perfect wedding gift as well as a hostess gift. Personalized engraving available.

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 Each Seder Plate is unique and signed by artist Laura Cowan. Engraving optional- the ultimate wedding or hostess gift.

4- WAVE SEDER PLATE-  My favorite piece!

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The six words in Hebrew which represent the symbols on this Silver and Aluminium Wave Seder Plate and Laura’s round seder plates, are hand cut by Laura. Avoiding the use of soldering, all the components of the Pesach Seder Plate are screwed together in a style reminiscent of Bauhaus, affording a clean look, and preserving the smooth finish of the metal.

Material – Anodized Aluminum and/or Silver
Diameter – 25 cm / 9.8 inches
Dishes available in Sterling Silver or Polished Aluminum. Price includes shipping
Price:
With Sterling Silver dishes
$2350
Price:
with Polished Aluminum Dishes
$1300

 

5- LAYER SILVER WAVE SEDER PLATE – an heirloom piece. If you buy this seder plate, please share the beauty on your table, and send a pic to me!

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The Silver Wave Seder Plate beholds an elegant, classic yet modern design. Taking almost a year to complete, it incorporates four unique layers. The top layer consists of a silver platter and 6 silver dishes with three layers underneath for the three Seder matzos. Three matzot are needed so that when we break the middle matzah, we are still left with two whole ones to pronounce the “Hamotzi”. These layers represent the three components of the Jewish nation: Cohen, Levy and Israel. The flowing effect of the six dishes on the silver layer gives the illusion of them floating just above the surface.

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Laura Cowan began her career in London after graduating in Silversmithing and Jewellery at London Guildhall University.  She now brings her unique ideas to the field of Judaica, working from her design studio and workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.

GALLERIES WORLDWIDE WHO STOCK LAURA COWAN’S JUDAICA DESIGNS

AMERICA

Spertus Museum Shop610 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago,ILTel 312-322-1768 Audreys Gift ShopThe Skirball Cultural Center2701 N. Sepuveda BlvdLos Angeles CA 90049
Tel 310 440 4522
Gifts at The Jewish Museum1109 Fifth Avenue
New YorkTel +212 423 3202
Judaica Classics by Doina125 E. 85th St New York NY 10028Tel 212 722 4271,
or 212 427 1000 ext 5225
Adath Israel Cincinnati Judaica Shop
3201 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati
Ohio
Tel: 513 984 3499
CBL459 Pleasant Valley WayWest Orange NJ 07052Tel (973) 736-7776 1-877-861-5578
Jewish Collection Inc.7601 North 11TH StreetPhoenix Arizona 85020Tel 602.312.5722 Kolbo437 Harvard St.Brookline MA 02446Tel (617) 731-8743
POMEGRANATE, INC.2905 W 113th StreetLeawood, KS 66211Tel  913-498-1846 The Aesthetic Sense198 Main StreetMt. Kisco New York 10549Tel: 914 244 4429
BMH-BJ Gift Shop
560 South Monaco Parkway Denver,
Colorado
80224
Tel 303 951 8238
San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco,
CA 94103
Tel: 415.655.7800
Elaine Baker Gallery
608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel: 561.241.3050
Elaine Baker Gallery
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel. 561.447.0321
National Museum of American Jewish History
10 S. Independendence Mall East,
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 391 4648
Santa Fe Weaving Gallery
124-1/2 Galisteo Street,
Santa Fe,
New Mexico
Tel: 505-982-1737
Temple Beth Am
2632 N E 80th St
Seattle
Washington
Tel: 206 525 0915
Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas
St Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340.774.4312

 

CANADA

 

Pacific Judaica
275 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
British Columbia, CANADA V5V-1T8
Tel 604-737-1854
Petroff Gallery
1016 Eglington Ave West Toronto,
Ontario M6C 2C5 Canada
Tel: 416 782 1696 1877 542 3600

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Luvaton Gallery
23 Yoel Salomon St Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 625 7186
Mira
The Cardo
Jerusalem
Rotem
89 Sokolov
Ramat Hasharon
Tel 03 540 8793
Reymond
66 Ben Yehuda St. Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 529 1586
Joi
25 Shabazi
Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv 65150
Tel 03 516 5715
Sarah’s Tent
56 Alkabetz St.
Tzfat 13200
Tel 04 692 3378
David’s Jewellery
22 King David St
Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 624 6635
Raphaels
94, Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 527 3619
Michael Unique
124 Ahuza St. Raanana,
43450
Tel: 09 740 3654
Bauhaus
99 Dizengoff St.
Tel-Aviv
Tel: 03 522 0249
Chaya
Mamilla
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5867833/02-6253241

 

 

ENGLAND

 

Aisenthal
11, Ashbourne Parade
Finchley Rd
London
Tel +44 208 455 0501
Lubavitch
4-5 The Square
Hale Barns
WA15 8ST
Cheshire
Tel 0161 980 8511

 

 

ITALY

 

Comunita Ebraica di Firenze
Via L.C. Farini
450121 Firenze
Italy
Tel. +39 055 245252

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Rd
St. Kilda
Victoria 3182
Tel 613 8534 3600
The Antique Silver Company
253 Carlisle St
Balaclava 3183
Melbourne
Tel: 613 952 58480
Odem
Shop 7, 16-22 Bay Street
Double Bay
NSW 2028
Australia
Tel 612 9328 7477
Matana – Artistic Judaica
Naomi Feldman, Melbourne
For appointments call (613) 90152595


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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:

$32

Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.

$90

Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!

$29

 

Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.

$120

Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.

$75

Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”

$120

Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.

$200

Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.

$65

9in x 13in

Emanuel:

20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.

$58

Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass

$25

By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″

$112

This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:

$195

Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:

$290

 

Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:

$72

 

This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood

$72

Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:

$18

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