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Arched Jerusalem-silver
  • Arched Jerusalem-silver
    This ketuba was done for a couple that saw another of my Jerusalem keutbot. To make this piece unique, we used a night-time theme. The large lettering at the top reads: Kol chatan v'kol kallah, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.
  • Beach
    The couple that commissioned this ketuba live near the beach. The artwork includes the beach they love, with two sets of footprints in the sand which meet and continue down the sand together.
  • Black-flowers
    This couple liked nightime, lilacs and butterflies. Hidden in the flowers are symbols important to the bride and groom: two ducks, a fairy and a dog bon
  • Black-flowers-detail
    Here you can see how the symbols the couple chose were included in a subtle way. The fairy is in the upper left in the flowers, the ducks toward the middle and the dog bone toward the right.
  • Black-flowers-butterfly
    Detail of the butterfly on the ketuba.
  • Blue And Red Border
    This ketuba was made for an anniversary, as a surprise for the husband. The wife wanted a ketuba that was traditional in feel and included Jerusalem, four small symbols, and both the Hebrew and English for the quote from B'aal Shem Tov:

    "From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being." Interspersed between the letters for the quote in Hebrew are oak leaves, a refrence to strength and the tree of life.
  • Blue And Red Border Closeup
    This detail shot shows how the oak leaves were twined about the Hebrew writing. The English translation is in the red border. You can also see an image of Jerusalem in the first word of the text.
  • Bride And Groom
    This ketuba was done for an anniversary. It incorporates a bride and groom, a Torah scroll, the Hebrew names of all the children and grandchildren, and the Hebrew text of the Shehechiyanu blessing: Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive and preserved us and enabled us to reach this season.
  • Chagall Mosaic
    This ketuba was painted as a mosaic, in tiny patches of color. The couple wanted a ketuba which was reminiscent of a Chagall mosaic. Small symbols (a wheel and a heart) important to the couple were hidden in the illustration.
  • Chagall Mosaic Detail 1
    This detail shot shows the "tiles" of color painted to make the mosaic. The "grout" is unpainted paper.
  • Cohn Ketuba
    Antique ketuba motifs were the inspiration for this ketuba, which I designed for an Orthodox wedding.
  • Cohn Ketuba Detail 1
    Detail of lettering and many small flowers.
  • Cohn Ketuba Detail 2
    Detail of columns, border and gold edging.
  • Cohn Ketuba Detail 3
    Detail at the top of the ketuba.
  • Cohn Ketuba Detail 4
    Crown symbol and wreath detail.
  • Cosmos
    This ketuba was done for two astronomers from Harvard University. They were especially interested in using a nebula as their theme, and e-mailed pictures to me of different ones.

    The couple, with the assistance of their Rabbi, composed their own Hebrew text. It is circled by the words Ani l'dodi v'dodi li; I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. Embedded in the nebula are symbols of the couple's choosing.
  • Cultural Center
    This couple was being married at the Chicago Cultural Center, which is decorated with mosaic tile in many different patterns. Those patterns were inspiration for this ketuba. Intertwining ribbons are symbolic of two lives joining in marraige, and flowers are symbolic of beauty, betrothal, celebration and love. Each "tile" on the ketuba is painted, with unpainted paper appearing as the "grout".
  • Cultural Center Detail
    This is a detail shot of the mosaic pattern that made up the ketuba.
  • Double Rings
    This ketuba was done for a couple that enjoyed hiking, visiting the Bahamas and other tropical islands. The double circles are symbolic of two lives joined. There are two paths leading up the mountain and merging into one path, which heads into the sunset, also symbols of their lives joining and moving into the future as one.
  • Fig Tree
    This ketuba was created for a couple whose careers involved ecologically safe organic agriculture. They grew fig trees in their California backyard. The first fruit mentioned in the bible, the fig is a symbol of blessing, peace, and prosperity.

    The detail elements include birds, ladybugs and earthworms. In the upper corners are a variety of fruits, including apples (symbolic of beauty and hope), grapes (symbolic of celebration and marriage), and pomegranates (symbolic of fertility and love).
  • Floral Trellis, Roses
    The inspiration for this ketuba came from the story of the groom proposing to the bride under a rose trellis he'd had set up. The arched shape is symbolic of the chuppah and of a doorway into a new, married, life.
  • Floral Round Wed Rings
    This ketuba was created for a New York couple that was interested in Victoriana. They were going to use flowers as an integral part of their wedding ceremony. To illuminate their ketuba I used flowers symbolizing constancy, youthful gladness, regard and true love as the border elements.
  • Jayhawk Round
    The couple that commissioned this ketuba wanted to include several personal symbols into their ketuba. I incorporated these items into the border.
  • Jerusalem Arch
    This ketuba was made for a couple who wanted to incorporate several personal symbols along with Jerusalem as the main focus. The text was written like a Medieval manuscript, with the symbols interspersed among the text (in the small squares).
  • Ketuba-stained Glass
    This ketuba was made for a couple being married at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Plum Street Temple is a fantastic piece of architecture built in 1866. The interior is ornately painted with multiple designs. The bride and groom wished to use the stained-glass windows of the temple as the theme for their ketuba. The dark paper was chosen so that the colors would really pop and sparkle, just as the windows do when light shines through them.
  • Ketuba-stained Glass Detail
    This is a detail of the stained-glass design showing the silver borders.
  • Mensa
    This ketuba was made for two Mensa members. The owl is symbolic of wisdom, and of the group (where they met). The tree represents connection, family and Torah. Other, smaller symbols were hidden in the leaves and bark of the trees. The cat in the picture is the bride's.
  • Mensa Detail
    This is a detail picture of the cat.
  • Moroccan Tile
    The couple that commissioned this ketuba were travelers, and wanted to have a ketuba that reminded them of trips to Morocco and Thailand. The tile patterns and the filagree in the first word were inspired by the decorative arts of those countries.Because Rosh Hodesh (the new moon and beginning of a new month) is important in their relationship, the blessing for a new moon and the phases of the moon were used in the border text.
  • Moroccan Tile Close 2
    This detail shot shows the filagree in the first word, along with the border text and one of the five moon phases.
  • Opera Window
    This ketuba was made for a New York couple that loved the opera; the groom was an opera singer. They wished to use imagery that was modern and referred to the opera. The text is fitted into windows based on those at the Metropolitan Opera, and the windows are colored with hues that held special meaning for the bride and groom.
  • Opera Window Detail 1
    This detail shot shows some of the text calligraphed for this ketuba.
  • Opera Window Detail 2
    This detail shot shows some of the text calligraphed for this ketuba.
  • Peacock Ketuba
    This anniversary ketuba includes peacocks for beauty and a tree for connection, family and Torah. There are pomegranates on the tree, which represent joy, love and mitzvot.
  • Peony Ketuba
    Peonies were important to the couple that commissioned this ketuba. The flowers, in all stages of development from bud to fully bloomed were incorporated in the border design.
  • Peony Detail
    A detail shot of the peonies.
  • Plum Street Temple
    This ketuba was made for a couple getting married at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinatti, Ohio. The Plum Street Temple is a fantastic piece of architecture built in 1866. The interior is ornately painted with multiple designs. Using similar colors and patterns to some of those found in the synagogue, I made a ketuba that evokes the feeling of the Temple. The Hebrew text at the top of the piece (in the blue bar) reads: zeh dodi v'zeh rayei, this is my beloved this is my friend.
  • Round Blue Symbols
    This ketuba was made for a couple that wanted to include many different symbols and two different quotes as the main focus of their ketuba. The quotes were put into a ring, symbolizing the continuity of life, and the spaces between the letters were filled with pattern and with their symbols. The symbols included items as diverse as a rose, a bride and groom, and a dove.
  • Round Blue Symbols Detail
    This detail shows the bride and groom, a theater ticket and musical notes between the letters of the quote text.
  • Round Floral Ketuba
    This ketuba was made in two parts. The text was written and signed at the wedding ceremony, and then the decorative border was created on another sheet of paper with a hole in the middle for the text to show through. The bride provided photos of her wedding flowers which were used as the reference for the floral border.
  • Round Floral 2
    This ketuba was made for a couple that wanted an Art Deco feel to the design. I used calla lillies for the border, and kept the colors to black, white and silver. Small symbols meaningful to the bride and groom were hidden among the flowers in the border.
  • Silver Lattice Ketuba
    This ketuba was done for a couple that went to University of Michigan, and wanted a ketuba reminiscent of the windows in the Law Quad there. In addition to the pillars and the colorful windows, there is a tree, symbolic of the tree of life, growth, renewal and beauty. Other, smaller symbols are interspersed with plain colors in the pattern of the windows.

    The quote "zeh dodi v'zeh rayi" -- This is my beloved this is my friend -- appears in the area below the tree.
  • Sq Water Lilies

Arched Jerusalem-silver