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Judaica to Enhance Your Seder Table

Artists introduce new collections for Passover.

By Sue Tomchin
Spring 2013

Setting a lovely Seder table is part of our tradition, an expression of hiddur mitzvah, the Jewish custom of bringing beauty to our rituals. These two stunning new pieces by Israeli artists would make splendid additions to the Passover table and will grace any home with their presence the rest of the year.

Respected Israeli artist Anat Mayer has a knack for merging traditional Jewish themes with a contemporary aesthetic. Among her newest creations is a striking Seder plate ($349) inspired by the prophet Miriam, a symbol of women’s leadership. The plate is crafted from laser-cut stainless steel adorned with crystal Swarovski stones. Six glass plates are suspended above the dancing Miriam figures, so everyone can see the symbols, even those at the end of the table. The Seder plate is 15.74 x 6.7 inches. Learn more at anatmayer.com.

Alice and Brian Bergner of Caesarea Arts create unique handmade jewelry and Judaica, often inspired by their location in the township of Caesarea, known for its magnificent views of the Mediterranean and important archaeological sites. Their newest creation is the Lotus Collection, which includes wine cups and other pieces. One cup from the collection ($290) features an outer shell of brushed anodized aluminum that supports an inner vessel of brass plated with 24k gold inside and out. Learn more at caesarea-arts.com.

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