The items you purchase from us are produced mostly in small workshops across
Israel. There women and men set crystals by hand, apply dabs of paint with fine paintbrushes,
curl strands of silver to shape filigree threads, and skillfully operate sewing
machines to create tallitot that will last a lifetime. In the alphabetical listing
below, you will find a few lines about each of our major artists. Most of our products
are delivered with short biographical cards.
Adaya: Maya Rayten displays all the
vibrancy and refined boldness that have made Israeli fashion jewelry famous. Her
Judaica collection includes work in base metals and sterling silver and offers an
unparalleled selection of jewelry, pointers, mezuzot and tallit clips in designs
that exert a strong appeal. Each individual piece, a brilliant symphony of color,
is made by hand at her studio in the Tel Aviv area. Materials include Swarovski
crystals, glass beads, decorative metals and enamel.
Agayof: A father-and-son team with a
well established reputation, Avner and Avia Agayof lead the way in sleek, contemporary,
highly collectible Judaica. Their stackable, foldable, puzzle-like menorahs are
lessons in design. Working in anodized aluminium, the Agayofs show a rare sense
for colors. Their products, faintly humorous, beckon the beholder to touch and play.
The workshop is found in
Ben-Zion David: An eighth generation
Yemenite silversmith, Ben-Zion David designs elaborate and majestic Judaica. Following
this tradition, he incorporates filigree-style ornamentation in his work. His sterling
silver Kiddush cups, candleholders and other ritual items share a rich, ceremonial
style. Much of Ben-Zion’s Judaica jewelry showcases ancient pieces of Roman glass.
His studio is situated in Tel Aviv.
Silks: Established as a workshop for
hand painted silk scarves and shirts on a kibbutz in northern
, Galilee Silks has become a leading manufacturer of tallitot, challah covers and
matzo covers. Exacting standards result in high quality textile products. Twice
a year, the designers of Galilee Silks rustle up a flurry of spectacular tallitot
for Bar and Bat Mitzva celebrants, as well as older customers, tailoring world fashion
trends to fit Jewish traditions.
Itzuviem: Shulamit Kanter, from her
small workshop in the heart of
, has created a jazzy, lighthearted line of Judaica that includes mezuzot, candleholders
and Passover tableware. In collaboration with her sisters, Shulamit designs and
produces mosaic-like patterns embedded in plaster molds with a formula all her own.
The intricate, precise setting of metals and stones takes great time and patience.
The resulting products are striking in their combination of sheer off-white planes
and bright spots of color.
Shraga Landesman: This well-known and
much-beloved artist lives and creates in
, molding his material of choice, aluminium. Shraga’s easily recognizable designs
are inspired by the world of the Bible and ancient cultures of the
. He says he misses these vanished civilizations. On a lifelong journey of reinterpreting
Judaism, Shraga seeks inspiration in archeological artifacts, features of the land
and its animal inhabitants.
Lev Gifts & Design: Lev Shneiderman
is a skilled craftsman with an ingenious bent for applying technology in unconventional
ways--with delightful results. Lev reshapes wood, stone, glass and metal
into exquisite objets d’art. Among his favored techniques are sand blasting and
laser cutting. His father, sister and wife, all immigrants from the former
, like Lev, collaborate in the creation of this line in the south of
S. Nadav: The third generation of Yemenite
silversmiths operating from a small workshop in
, the business of
maintains traditional techniques that demand great skill. Renowned for their exquisite
Kiddush cups, candleholders and other Judaica items, the Nadav family produces top-of-the-line
sterling silver heirlooms. The intricate filigree detail on many of their products
is the hallmark of Yemenite silversmiths. Other displays of virtuosity are evident
in their hand-sawn ritual objects.
Neta Fine Art Jewelry: A jewelry designer
since 1991, Neta Yehiely works out of her studio in the heart of Tel Aviv, where
her staff of native-born Israelis and immigrants crafts silver and gold into irresistible
ornaments. Neta fuses Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences in her pieces.
Her playfulness and passion breathe life into age-old Jewish symbols, while her
attentiveness to detail wins the heart of the customer. The pulse of fashion beats
in her exciting seasonal collections.
Studio Alim: Orna Cohen-Boteach, a graduate
of the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts, designs marvelous variations on the
world of nature that surrounds her on a moshav in central
. Drawing on her rich Jewish heritage, Orna affirms her ties to tradition and to
the land through strikingly contemporary, albeit warm, creations. Most of Orna’s
work is formed in pewter, aluminium and glass. For this artist, symbolism is an
important source of inspiration.