Social Justice Judaica

From Jewish Voice for Peace

Jewish Voice for Peace is inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a more just world. And we know that occupation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing are not Jewish values.

This Judaica store highlights independent artists in the Jewish diaspora who support struggles for justice, dignity, and freedom. Featuring “Judaica with Jewish values,” the store points to artists who are involved in justice work or use ethical labor and resource practices.

These artists are providing alternatives to items that are made in the State of Israel as it continues to occupy and displace Palestinian people. Many JVP members choose to buy ritual items that honor the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli products while others are interested in supporting vibrant Jewish life in the diaspora and investing in independent artists. Thank you for visiting this online store!

Narrow Bridge Candles

Narrow Bridge Candles is a ritual candle-making project in support of the full Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions of Israel. Your chandler, Jonah Aline Daniel crafts candles that are specific to Jewish Rituals (Hanukkah, Shabbat, Havdallah, and Yahrtzeit), as well as candles that are made for rituals of any tradition, new or old, religious, spiritual or otherwise. Creating space for ritual with liberatory potential, in support of Palestinian self-determination! A portion of proceeds goes to the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign. All candles are hand-dipped and poured and made with 100% Beeswax and there are no added dyes or perfumes.

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Rebekah Erev Studio (Moon Angels Oracle Deck)

Rebekah Erev makes objects and creates public ritual as performance / ceremony. Erev’s work invokes the scholarship of re-remembering as relevant, immediate and anti-colonialist in it’s nature. Erev is an ordained kohenet, Hebrew priestess and self-published the Moon Angels / Malakh Halevanah Oracle Deck. In 2014 Erev co-founded a two year collective art school, DIY Art School that met in public libraries. They are currently working on a film, Queer Mikveh, a Jewish ritual of transformation and water immersion.

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Lost & Forged

Lost & Forged renews the materials of the past with creative luster. We handcraft all sorts of metalwork jewelry, accessories, Judaica and more, using reclaimed vintage materials.

Rabbi Doug Heifetz, founder & silversmith, first began to experiment with metalwork in 2015. Artscape Baltimore selected him as their 2016 Emerging Artist for Jewelry. He participated in the GBK Celebrity Gifting Suite in honor of the Golden Globe Awards in January 2017. Baltimore Style Magazine and Organic Spa Magazine websites featured him in 2017.

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Bat Sarah Press

Bat Sarah Press translates from the Hebrew to “Sarah’s Daughter’s Press”. The name has two meanings, being both that of the Biblical matriarch of monotheistic religion, and after my mother Susan, whose Hebrew name was also Sarah.

Bat Sarah Press was created as a platform to connect with spiritual ritual and storytelling through the lens of artfully made objects. BSP aims to create an opening for individuals who are thirsty to find a way to connect with their ancestral past that also rings true to a contemporary worldview and sense of truth. With that in mind, inclusivity is an essential value of BSP. We are equally eager to make ketubot for Jewish, interfaith, queer, and couples that do not identify as Jewish.

BSP currently offers an array of traditional and culturally Jewish items and services including ketubot, Kabbalistic gematria interpretation prints, and limited edition cards and gifts. All are welcome. Our commonality will be found in a willingness to go deep.

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Radical Jewish Calendar Project

This collaborative project was dreamed up by Jews who were tired of using chabad calendars with advertisements for cemeteries as their only reference for holy days. All proceeds will go to artists and design contributors, which include farmers, rabbinical students, candle makers, facilitators, radio hosts, body workers, rock stars, carpenters, Kohenet priestesses, organizers, and more. This calendar is a celebration of Jewish culture that is intersectional, queer, feminist, anti-racist, and that challenges and builds a Judaism and Jewishness beyond Zionism. Because you’ve always wanted to find out when Ta’anit Esther and the anniversary of the BDS Call are, all in the same place.

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Advah Designs

Advah Designs, founded by US artist Sarah Resnick, sells handcrafted tallitot (prayer shawls) and chuppot (wedding canopies), as well as art prints and greeting cards. The design and manufacturing process of each product is carefully considered, supporting textile communities in the US and India committed to environmental sustainability and fair wages. View the full collection at www.advahdesigns.com

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Soul Candles

The Soul Candles candle-making tradition has been passed down through “tkhines,” Yiddish collections of prayers by and for women. Soul candles are made to both honor ancestors and protect the living. Said while spinning wick into candles, these tkhines prayers capture the ritual of Jewish Russian and other Eastern European memorial candlemaking during the high holy day season. Burned during Yom Kippur and throughout the year, their lighting awakens the souls of ancestors and calls on them to pray for the wellbeing of the living. Making ritual candles at this time is an opportunity to connect with ancestors, mourn recent losses, and pray for the year to come. This kit is a collaboration between Ariana Katz and Narrow Bridge Candles. Order by September 6th, 2017 to receive by Yom Kippur.

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