Beautifully Jewish is a celebration of the objects that enrich our Jewish lives and the people who make them. Created by Stephanie Butnick and Tanya Singer as a monthly podcast segment on Unorthodox, Beautifully Jewish grew into a community of members who gather virtually and in person to create and appreciate the beautiful things in life.
We hope you’ll join us.
-Stephanie and Tanya
Beautifully Jewish Craft-Along
You delivered! Our first craft-along for Israel yielded more than 400 knitted hats for the IDF and hundreds of dolls for hospitalized children. Our community will now be knitting Israeli designer Liza Rodrig’s “October 7th Shawl” and crocheting kippot for the IDF. Become a member to get the patterns and join us.
Listen to Beautifully Jewish on Unorthodox:
International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Stephanie and Tanya travel to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to see a very special dress with a very special story behind it. This segment was created with the support of Lion Brand Yarns.
Unorthodox in Israel: As part of our week-long Unorthodox in Israel series, Tanya Singer delivers the fruits of the Beautifully Jewish Craft-Along, bringing hand-knit hats to IDF soldiers, crocheted dolls to hospitalized children, and handmade cards to Israelis across the country. Along the way, she encounters all sorts of crafters and creators, and reveals the common threads of resilience and generosity that make the tapestry of the Jewish people so strong.
A Beautifully Jewish Hanukkah: Our Hanukkah segment of Beautifully Jewish features designer Jonathan Adler, Gabriel Goldstein of the Yeshiva University Museum, and a trip to visit Ahuva Gottdeiner, aka Homegrown Kosher, in Monsey, New York.
A Beautifully Jewish Thanksgiving: Stephanie and Tanya celebrate an unexpectedly significant object: the folding chair. You’ll also get an update on the Beautifully Jewish craft-along for Israel and hear from Israeli knitwear designer Inbal Gross, who just days before the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks had organized Israel’s first fiber festival.
Celebrating Sukkot in Style: We’re celebrating the sukkah as the perfect canvas: a deeply Jewish space calling out for personalization through crafting or art. Despite their temporary nature, these structures can become universes unto themselves, keepers of meaning, memory, and history well beyond just one week. This segment features Rabbi Adam Baldachin of Shaarei Tikvah, artist Yaeli Vogel (get 10% off using that special link), and Rebecca Frank of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
In the Beginning: Gabriel Goldstein, interim director and chief curator at Yeshiva University Museum, helps us understand the deep connection between Jews and things, tracing the relationship all the way back to the creation of the Mishkan, in Exodus. Fiber artist Heather Stoltz shows us the High Holiday Torah covers she made for her synagogue, Temple Israel Center of White Plains. And Tanya teaches Stephanie to knit, helping her on her journey to explore the many ways in which Judaism celebrates beauty and craft.
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