Westchester Jewish Center

Artists Featured in the Sisterhood Gift Shop

PotteryYair Emanuel
Sara & Michael Beames
Emily Rosenfeld
Talma Keshet
Lev Schneiderman
Michal Golan
Margo Rotem
Aygayof
Adaya
Seeka
Ben-Zion David

Artist Yair Emanuel, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, lives and works in Jerusalem. His art is based upon a fusion of traditional motifs and ancient Jewish manuscripts with modern and Oriental art. Vivid and harmonious colors as well as a mixture of the old and the new characterize Emanuel's work, which is designed and crafted in his Jerusalem studio. The principal techniques he employs encompass painting on silk, hand embroidery, raw-silk appliqué and painting on wood. Each wooden article is hand painted with a brush using acrylic colors and then lacquered many times to preserve the intense colors. The items can be used for eating and drinking and also be washed by hand with soap and water since they are coated.

Sara and Michael Beames started Beames Designs! in 1990. In a studio adjacent to their home, tucked into the beautiful Catskill Mountains, they produce hand made fused glass Judaica. Sara is the driving force behind the glass design. With a degree in Art from San Francisco State University and many years in the commercial art world, she has turned her passion for glass and good design into a joyous livelihood. Her work has received three Niche Award Nominations. Beames Designs! work can be found in galleries and craft shops throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, England, South Africa and Australia. They have also done an Eternal Flame sculpture for the Kingston City Hall, Kingston, NY.

Emily Rosenfeld began making Judaica, and jewelry in the Bay area in 1991. Now settled in Western Massachusetts, with a view of birch trees and a river, her studio is in a converted factory building filled with other artists. She feel continually inspired to develop new designs and play with new materials and techniques.

Talma Keshet is a leading Israeli designer and manufacturer of high quality hand made gold and sterling silver jewelry. Talma`s unique design has been combined with the art of expert goldsmithing, both being casted into a magnificent breathtaking creations. Mrs. Keshet uses a large variety of semi precious gemstones such as Tourmaline, Opal, Garnet, Topaz, Moonstone and more. The continuously renewed > collections of hundreds of designs, includes rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, pendants and watches.

Lev Shneiderman is a master craftsman living and working in the Israeli Negev, fusing ancient Jewish traditions with modern techniques. In In Hebrew Lev means Heart - how fitting a name for an artist whose work springs from his heart, overcoming all obstacles.

Michal Golan is an Israeli-born jewelry designer, painter and ceramist. Michal draws from a range of influences to create distinctive designs that are immediately recognizable for their ornate, intensely colored arrangements of gemstones and crystals. Her work, notable for its meticulous attention to detail, highlights Michal's mosaic-inspired aesthetic that reflects her Israeli heritage and familiarity with the intricacies of Middle Eastern art.

Margo Rotem, an exciting new designer from Israel, has created a stunning collection of contemporary crystal jewelry and fashion accessories. Original, inventive design and a sense of aesthetic harmony, has resulted in elegant crystal Jewelry woven together to form a prism of beauty and inspiration. Each piece is handcrafted individually by trained artisans, using a delicate weaving technique developed by the Margo Rotem. With special attention to detail and uncompromising quality, each design is guaranteed. Margo's jewelry is made from the finest Swarvoski™ crystals and glass beads and finished with sterling silver or gold filled clasps and chains. The collection is a refreshing, new look - fusing light, technology and art in an exuberant celebration of color, form and beauty.

Agayof Art & Judaica was established in 1970. Mr. Agayof, founder and builder of the factory, is among the industry pioneers in Israel. Over the years the workshop became a family business. Our factory specializes in combining Hi-Tec industries and traditional artwork. The development division has developed a wide range of art effects and gift products which combines Silver, Aluminum, Brass, Plastic and a wide variety of materials. Uniqueness, quality, reliability and attainability are the secret of the factory's success.

Adaya Jewelry by Artist Maya Rayten, displays all the vibrancy and refined boldness that have made Israeli fashion jewelry famous. Her Judaica collection includes work in base metals and sterling silver and offers an unparalleled selection of jewelry. Each individual piece, a brilliant symphony of color, is made by hand at her studio in Tel Aviv. Materials include Swarovski crystals, glass beads, decorative metals and enamel.

Seeka. High-tech meets fine art in this collection of jewelry and Judaica by the Israeli born artists, Nachshon Peleg and Stavit Allweis. They are both graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Their work brings together complementary skills from the fields of Industrial Design and Fine Art. They utilize a proprietary technique mating steel, paints, resin and found objects in combination with hand-painted acrylics to create their one of a kind works of art.

Ben-Zion David (Benzi), an Israeli artist, is an eight-generation Yemenite silversmith. At the age of ten he began helping his father in his workshop preparing and interweaving the silver threads for fine filigree creations. Each of Ben-Zion's items is cataloged by number and guaranteed for life.