Celebrating Modern Jewish Living Through Food, Tradition, and Family
I don’t know about you, but one of the things that drives me crazy every holiday season, whether it’s the High Holidays, Hanukkah, or Passover (or any Jewish holiday for that matter) is the utter lack of beautiful fine china that reflects Jewish culture and holidays. I’m not talking about the same handful of heavy ceramic pieces that we probably all see at HomeGoods and Target and mid-range stores. And I’m not referring to the many beautiful servings pieces, menorahs, candlesticks, challah boards and wine goblets that are available at specialty Judaica shops. Thank G-d for those or else our tables would be a mish-mosh of cups and bowls and college shot glasses.
I’m talking about genuine sets of fine china–service for 8, 10, 12 or more, that aren’t covered in cutesy Jewish stars, designed by leading manufactures of china and fine porcelain that look like they are meant to celebrate something Jewish. Not a platter that says LATKES! Something elegant!
I’ve lived in New York, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco and I have spent many an afternoon perusing department stores and boutiques in each of these cities. Never have I found a single set of china, complete with serving platters and the whole nine yards, to fit this bill.
I have been collecting dishes for 20+ years. I’ve been fortunate to inherit some lovely pieces from my grandmothers on both sides and my great-grandmother who also had a thing for dishes. But not even they had anything like what I’m describing. I know that as Jews we represent a very small percentage of the world’s population. But I also know that as Jews who love to cook, celebrate, eat, and share our love of food with our families, that we are hungry for such products.
In the meantime, I continue to piecemeal together pieces of this set and that set to create holiday settings that fit either a specific holiday color scheme or a seasonal theme as I’ve done with the blue and gold place setting above that I used last year for Hanukkah.
Still, I have hope that one day, elegant brands like Lenox and Waterford and Haviland (a girl can dream) are going to discover the purchasing power of our small but celebratory community and decide to create products that pay homage to our culture and holidays.
Until then..I’ll keep patchkering around in my cabinets, mixing and matching.
Until Next time,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief