Why decorate the ketuba?
Decorating and beautifying the contract is a mitzvah (good deed). This good
deed helps to make a beautiful and happy occasion even more special. After
the ceremony, the ketuba can be framed and hung in the home as a work of
art. It's a lovely reminder of one of life's milestones.
Who buys a ketuba?
Generally speaking, the couple to be married buy the ketuba, but sometimes parents, friends, or other relatives purchase the ketuba for the couple-- a perfect wedding gift!
Ketubot also make lovely anniversary gifts - a reaffirmation of the vows
taken by the couple on the day of their wedding. The design can be personalized
by including the names of children and grandchildren, or words to a favorite
What will my ketuba say?
Most couples use the text that is specified by their Rabbi. Your Rabbi may
designate a Hebrew-only ketuba, although increasingly an English translation
is included. Some couples elect to write their own texts. If your Rabbi
doesn't have a preferred text, I have a variety that we can work with.
Designing your ketuba
Following tradition, the ketuba is illuminated to personalize it and add
to its beauty. Each ketuba is a unique, hand-crafted piece of art.
Your ketuba begins with a meeting (in person, over the internet, the phone
or by mail) with the artist. Do you have special interests? Your ideas will
be incorporated into the design so that the ketuba will reflect your history,
hopes and dreams.
Are your tastes contemporary or traditional? Ketuba styles range from symbolic
to geometric to representational. Media include gouache (opaque watercolor),
watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil. All ketubot are created on
high-quality acid-free rag paper to last a lifetime.
Visit the Ketuba Gallery to take a look at
my work, or contact me for more
information or to begin work on a ketuba.