Birthright-Inspired Artist Creates Judaica
This young woman transforms metals into meaningful Jewish ritual objects for weddings and other occasions.
By Sue Tomchin
Joy Stember of Abington, Pa., transforms metals into marvelously meaningful and imaginative Jewish ritual objects with cross-generational appeal. A graduate of the Fine Arts program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, the young artist was inspired by a Birthright Israel trip to turn her talents to creating Judaica. Her work is sought after by individual collectors and she has won accolades in national competitions: For three years running she has been a finalist in the Judaica category for the prestigious NICHE award from the American Craft Council. The dramatic L’Chaim Wedding Cup, crafted from pewter and brass, is only one example of her work. The names of bride and groom (or for that matter a bar or bat mitzvah boy or girl) can be added to the cup, which sells for $495.
Learn more at JoyStember.com or call 215-885-2930.