Photo: Courtesy of Cantor Katchko-Gray Photo Credit: Kristen Jensen Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I’m a fourth-generation cantor, who loves folk music. I grew up on cantorial music from my famous grandfather, Cantor Adolph Katchko, my wonderful father, Cantor Theodore Katchko, and my mom, a great pianist and accompanist, organist […]
Meet the Textile Artist: Nelly Wolf of Black Cat Judaica
Photo: Courtesy of Black Cat Judaica Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I’ve lived my whole life in Vermont, in the northeastern United States. It’s a really rural community, and there aren’t a lot of Jews. In this area the shul you go to is usually the only one in a […]
Meet the Owners: Orna and Yair Moore of the Canaan Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Canaan Gallery What inspired you to start your business, Canaan Gallery? The story of the inspiration of Canaan Gallery starts with two loose ends Orna and Yair Moore. As a ten years old girl Orna remembers babysitting her neighbour’s daughter. The neighbour used to go to a small room and Orna through […]
*Guest Post* by Sharona Lomberg: Heads or Tails… A decision or a faith?
Photo: Yemenite Family having a Rosh Hashanah Seder Courtesy of Zoltan Kluger There are three Seder ceremonies during the year. One that I knew about, one that I celebrated and didn’t know I actually did, and one I learned as an adult. Passover Seder is the one we all celebrate, Tu B’shavat seder (Birthday of […]
Meet the Artist: Harriet Goren of Goren Judaica
Photo: Courtesy of Harriet Goren Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.I’m a lifelong New Yorker, where I grew up attending (but not really paying much attention to) an Orthodox synagogue and Hebrew School. I was an undergraduate painting major at Yale, where I also did a lot of choral singing, and after […]
Tallit Expert Sharona Lomberg: Tallit – We all got it wrong!
Why would I say such a thing? That was one of my AHA! moments. It totally changed my perspective about the Tallit. As an artist who creates Tallitot, I feel more than ever the importance of everyone owning and using their Tallit. In my mind, I’m trying to understand why I didn’t realize it earlier. […]
Product Review: “54 Portions of the Torah” Tallit by Pardes Designs (reviewed by Zohar K.)
Photo: Courtesy of Pardes Designs I would like to recommend the prayer shawls designed by the Pardes Designs. The prayer shawls can be an exciting gift for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a groom at his wedding. Tallit cloth is comfortable and good for touching and tying of the tassels is according to Halacha. Anything left […]
Tallit Expert Sharona Lomberg: “No she can’t – Yes she can … No she can’t – Yes she can, Yes she can, Yes she can, Yes she Can!”
It almost sounds like to be or not to be… that’s the question. Photo: Courtesy of Pardes Designs I remember the first time I visited a Reform temple, I couldn’t believe my eyes! There were women and men actually sitting next to each other during the service. I was shocked. Something was wrong with this […]
Tallit Expert Sharona Lomberg on the difference between Tallitot:
Gadol or Katan, Big or Small Isn’t One Enough? There’s a phrase in Hebrew that says, ”Kol Hamarbe Harei Ze Meshubach” which means “The more the merrier”. So, if we can add, why not? How can we be satisfied with only one? Most of us know we wear Tallit at Morning Prayer on weekdays, Shabbat and […]
Tallit Expert Sharona Lomberg on “The Thread That Connects Us”!
© Pardes Designs Sharona Lomberg: Artist, Designer, Owner of Pardes Designs As an Israeli Yemenite girl seeing Tallitot (plural for Tallit) was something I just took for granted. It was when I started painting Judaica on silk that my curiosity got the better of me. I realized that the garment I saw and took for granted […]