November 2017 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5778,  Volume 23, Issue 11

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World-Class Artists Will Exhibit Silver, Ceramics, Glass and Other Media

A dazzling array of contemporary Judaica including works of crafts, art and jewelry will be shown and sold at the 23nd Bet Am Shalom Judaica Craft Show in White Plains.  Among the items featured are ultra modern menorahs, blown glass dreidels, traditional and contemporary Kiddush cups and gold and silver jewelry – at prices to fit any budget.  The only show of its kind in the Northeast, it opens at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue on Saturday, December 2, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., and continues on Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 

The juried show features hundreds of one-of-a-kind works created by 50 artists, including 10 who are entirely new to the show this year. 20 of the artists who are exhibiting will travel to Westchester from their homes in Israel; the others are from many parts of the United States. The artists represented were selected from a large pool of applicants by a jury of Judaica art curators. Several of the artists’ works are collected by museums worldwide.

 

A sampling of the work can be seen at: www.betamshalom.org/judaicacraftshow

Featured are unique items representing the finest in handcrafted Judaica ceremonial pieces and stunning jewelry. Visitors will discover beautiful objects in ceramic, silver, fabric, wood, paper and other media, created for ritual, decorative and practical use in the home and synagogue. Also on offer is a wide selection of gift items for Chanukah and lifecycle events at a full range of prices.

 

Betsy Miller Landis, this year’s Show chairperson, said,  “We are so excited to present the most diverse group of artists that have ever been invited to this contemporary crafts and jewelry show. It is our primary mission to bring high quality and affordable Judaica into more homes and demonstrate the vitality of the Jewish craft community.”

 

Funds from the show support the artists and Bet Am Shalom Synagogue’s vibrant role in the Westchester community.  Over 200 volunteers help with the logistics of this annual event, and past shows have attracted attendees from the entire tri-state region as well as buyers from throughout the Northeast.

 

Rabbi Les Bronstein, the synagogue’s rabbi, said, “We see this show as a community building event. Not only do BAS volunteers devote many hours working together, but it also brings in members of the broader Jewish community who come through our doors to meet each other, shop and support these artists and their unique craft.”

 

Live musical entertainment provided by the Moody Jews on Saturday evening and the Nadav Snir Zelniker Jazz Trio on Sunday.  Food is available for purchase on site.

Admission to the Bet Am Shalom Judaica Craft Show is $8 per person (Sunday re-entry free if paid Saturday night.)  Children under 13 are free. A discount voucher can be found online for those who pre-register with an email address or bring in the Craft Show  ad in the  November copy of Westchester Jewish Life newspaper.

 

Bet Am Shalom Synagogue is located at 295 Soundview Avenue in White Plains. For additional information and directions call 914-946-8851 Mon.-Fri. or visit: www.betamshalom.org/judaicacraftshow