A dazzling array of Judaic crafts and jewelry will be shown and sold at the annual Bet Am Shalom Synagogue Judaica Craft Show, now in its 19th year. The show begins on Saturday, November 10, at 8:00 pm and continues on Sunday, November 11, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Admission is $8.00 per person (Sunday re-entry free if paid Saturday night), or $7 with the invitation card or an online voucher.
The show features hundreds of unique works in all price ranges, created by 50 artists – nearly half from Israel, the rest from the U.S. and Canada; they include many well-loved favorites along with a dozen entirely new to the show. Featured are one-of-a-kind items representing the finest in handcrafted Judaica ritual items and stunning contemporary jewelry in original designs. Visitors will also discover beautiful objects in ceramic, silver, fabric, wood, paper and other media, created for ritual, decorative and practical use in the home and synagogue.
The artists, who will be present to talk with visitors about their work, were selected by Judaica art specialists from a large pool of applicants. Also on view will be the Judaic crafts of ILAN, the Israel Foundation for the Handicapped. Local artists exhibiting include Rachel Heisler of Scarsdale and Beth Haber of Poughkeepsie.
Ann Schaffer, show chairperson, said, "Jewish tradition encourages us to create, beautify and celebrate all aspects of Jewish ritual and practice. It is a joy to see how the show’s artists creatively imbue even functional objects with meaning, in work that is always fresh and original.”
She added, "Many Judaica collectors visit the show year after year to keep current with new developments in the field, because this is the only juried show of its kind and caliber in the Northeast."
Funds from the show support the artists and Bet Am Shalom Synagogue and its vibrant role in the Westchester Jewish and wider community. Approximately 200 volunteers help with the logistics of this annual event.
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue is located at 295 Soundview Avenue (near Route 125/Old Mamaroneck Road) in White Plains. For additional information and directions please call 914-946-8851 Monday through Friday or visit www.betamshalom.org .
Samples of the artists’ work and a discount voucher may be found at www.betamshalom.org/judaica_craft_show .