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The Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: Ketubah Love [GIVEAWAY]

For Day 5 of the Guide, we recommend doing some holiday shopping at Ketubah Love, where you can acquire traditional & beautifully designed pieces of Judaica art

By: Daniel Koren

Published: November 15th, 2013 in News » World

The Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: Ketubah Love [GIVEAWAY]

Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah. Come light the menorah. Let’s have a party. We’ll all dance the horah. Gather ’round the laptop, give your gift-buying an early start. A few beautiful pieces of well-crafted Judaic art.

As Hanukkah draws nearer, Shalom Life is proud to continue with our Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: 8 crazy nights of amazing gift ideas, and 8 crazy nights of free giveaways, poised to make this year’s holiday a bit easier, a bit less stressful, and a bit lighter on your wallet.

Check out Days One, Two, Three and Four to catch up on some amazing gift ideas.

For Day 5 of the Guide, after recommending gifts that range from delicious sufganiyot-themed macarons to awesome, topical T-shirts to limited edition memorabilia from Shmaltz Brewing Company, we realized that there is one category of gift ideas that are ideal for the Hanukkah season, but also, are perfect for any newly wed Jewish couple, which I’m sure you know many.

If you’ve ever been inside a Jewish home, you’ll often find mezuzahs, hamsas, and other such Jewish-related memorabilia that can make you feel more comfortable in your home while having something aesthetically pleasing to look at, but you will also find ketubot, an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage that are also forms of Judaic art. These pieces, along with other art prints and items available courtesy of Ketubah Love, are perfect for friends and family members who have recently tied the knot, or simply to those you’d like to wish a successful, healthy, and wonderful year ahead with a gesture of good luck.


GIVEAWAY: As part of the Essential Gift Guide, Ketubah Love is pleased to offer a bib of your choosing from their Judaic Kids line, the perfect gift for any new mama or papa (mazel tov). To enter, share this story via Facebook and/or Twitter and LIKE both Ketubah Love and Shalom Life on Facebook. Then send an email to contests@shalomlife.com with the headline KETUBAH. Happy Holidays!

Make sure to check back here tomorrow for more gift ideas and free giveaways as we move forward with our 8-day Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide.


For Hanukkah this year, why not give the one thing all Jewish people need? Through Ketubah Love, you’ll find a variable of Judaica masterpieces, and also, practical items for the family. As the company’s proprietor, entrepreneur/designer Toby Simon, will tell you, Ketubah Love lets you ‘bring tradition home,’ working with fabric “to create beautiful and interactive pieces of Judaica artwork.”

Our art focuses on family,” Simon says. “For the newly wed we offer Ketubot; the ultimate housewarming gift for you and your spouse as you begin to make a home together. For growing families we offer JudaicKids; a collection of Jewish themed apparel and art that fosters family interaction during the holidays.”

“Above all,” she adds, “our art celebrates tradition; a precious aspect of Jewish culture that begins at home.”


Ketubah Love was born out of a love for calligraphy, art, and Jewish traditions. Before the birth of her daughter, Simon’s husband had surprised her with a sewing machine, which led her to soon discover she could “combine calligraphy with patchwork to create a unique aesthetic perfect for designing something as meaningful as a Ketubah.”

Her online store offers a variety of items, and beautifully designed art prints, but the focus, of course, is on the ketubot:

All Ketubot were originally fabric collages, made almost entirely with fabric scraps, over-the-hill clothing, exciting finds from quilting shows, or fabrics that are designed in Simon’s studio. The art is then scanned into a computer and printed on 100% cotton fiber paper. “Your Ketubah is a giclee print of the original, produced with archival inks that will remain vibrant for generations to come,” says Simon. “You will be amazed at how much your Ketubah looks like an actual three dimensional fabric quilt. It is a truly hand crafted aesthetic that honors the unique union between you and your partner.”


A piece of art that, Simon notes, is very important to the Jewish wedding ceremony and tradition of marriage should be made with quality and care, as it will (be ezrat hashem) stay with you for a lifetime.

As Hanukkah was her favourite holiday as a child, Simon has launched exciting new products for the holiday season, adding fabric menorahs (which are perfect for kids you don’t want using matches yet) and latke-themed bibs to her selection of art prints and ketubot.

Discussing Menorahs and Macabees, Simon says “These small bits of holiday collateral – for this and all of the other holidays we observed – created a warm experience for me that unknowingly helped to shape my Jewish identity.”

“I can’t remember the first piece of Judaica I encountered in my first home,” she writes. “But I do know the first piece in this one; our Ketubah. My experience is one that many Jewish people can relate to. Like me, your Ketubah not only seals your commitment to each other; it is an initial mark of your Jewish home.”


To peruse Ketubah Love’s selection of items, visit her website, and make sure to enter the contest to win a free bib.

Hag Sameach, and make sure to tune in to Shalom Life on Monday as we embark on day 6 of our 8-day Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide.

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