Judaica, in its simple definition, are items that relate to the Jewish religion. The number of Judaica products, being offered in the market place, is growing quickly as the interest in giftware and religious oriented jewelry continues to grow. Israel remains the center for the design and production of Judaica, being fed by graduate designers of Israeli schools, such as the internationally acclaimed Bezalel School of Art and Design.
My first encounter with Judaica took place in our neighborhood synagogue in Chicago, where I spent time on Sabbath, studying the intricate filigree work and fine decorations on the Torah crowns made of pure silver. The artistic work on the breast plate cover of the Torah along with the handmade Torah pointer filled my imagination with thoughts of artisans working with fine silver metal producing special works of art. Artistic work it was and still is as many years later, international auction houses have recognized Judaica worthy enough to have earned its own place in special auctions. Jewish Museums, in major cities all over the world, devote space and importance to their collections of Judaica.
Judaica is proudly sought after by consumers for personal use at home or as a meaningful gift. Wine cups of silver or crystal, hand washing cups, Menorahs for Chanuka, Seder plates, Etrog boxes, jewelry, or designer prayer shawls are just a small sampling of popular Judaic offerings. Even tradition has changed with the times as designers have replaced silver with new materials such as marble, wood, glass and pewter.
Adding to the demand for Judaica are new consumers who are not necessarily Jewish or religiously oriented but have an appreciation for traditional items. The tens of millions of supporters of Judaism and Israel from around the world have made a strong impression in the Judaica marketplace. Internet commerce has made it easy for consumers in the United States or Europe to purchase Israeli made products and U-Boutique is proud to offer the creations of many talented Israeli designers, artisans and the Judaica products they offer on its Portal.