Cel­e­brat­ing With Jew­ish Crafts

Rebe­ca Edid Ruzan­sky; Rober­to Zebal­los-Per­al­ta, photography
  • Review
By – January 27, 2012

Vis­it the col­or­ful and clev­er­ly designed web­site of this fab­u­lous craft book (www​.cel​e​brat​ing​with​jew​ishcrafts​.com) and you won’t think twice about shelling out a sig­nif­i­cant amount of mon­ey to own this one-of-a-kind resource. Clear­ly a labor of love by a tal­ent­ed group of design­ers and artists, this self-pub­lished huge hard­cov­er book weighs in at over 300 pages of heavy art paper replete with beau­ti­ful full-col­or pho­tos and step-by-step instruc­tions. The crafts include every Jew­ish occa­sion imag­in­able, along with oth­er fun items, like book­marks, ham­sas, sid­dur cov­ers, place­mats, etc. Each vol­ume comes indi­vid­u­al­ly shrinkwrapped and in its own box. It seems that even the artis­ti­cal­ly chal­lenged can find enough projects to keep busy and have a good time, but most of the direc­tions require pre-plan­ning and a trip to the craft store for some sup­plies. Salt Dough” and Flour Paste” mod­el­ing look easy and fun and the uses for Poly­mer clay seem end­less. Put a Wine Bot­tle Suit” made of felt on the Man­is­che­witz at your next Seder… braid your own Hav­dalah can­dles.… make a lit­tle Sukkah out of straws, chop­sticks pen­cils or a sushi mat.… or a minia­ture Torah made from two small rolling pins…take apart a jump rope and make a coiled bas­ket or coast­er from the cord. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less and the mon­ey is well spent. 

Lisa Sil­ver­man is direc­tor of Sinai Tem­ple’s Blu­men­thal Library in Los Ange­les and a for­mer day school librar­i­an. She is the for­mer chil­dren’s book review edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World.

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