Y. Karshi Judaica Buying Guide
Located in the quiet and scenic Jerusalem hills, sits Y.Karshi's studio in the small moshav of Neve Ilan. Karshi was born to Marussa and artist, Hacham Karshi in Jerusalem, who established a studio of his own in 1955 right outside the Old City walls in the Mamila neighborhood. Hacham's love for art and silversmithing was something he passed down to his children, which is how Karshi is still in business today, continuing to make beautiful and unique Judaica. Some of the Judaica from throughout the years get an updated look, some are kept the same, and some are brand new, but each is made with care and love.
Karshi's candlesticks come with a slight pop of color in nearly each set. The hourglass candlesticks with a hammered effect have a colored band, like purple and light blue, with the words "Shabbat Kodesh" written around the band. There are also stemmed candlesticks with colorful stems like this red one that the colored section has a metallic shine to it. Lastly there are traditional looking candlesticks, with small balls of silver, blue, red, and more holding up the the candleholders. These delightful candlesticks make Shabbat a whole lot brighter.
One of Karshi's most popular designs includes pomegranates, which looks gorgeous as a menorah. These golden menorahs make a statement every winter with either a branched look or a bunch of pomegranates sitting on a silver base. There are also Hanukkah menorahs done in Karshi's classic hammered style with a colorful touch, as seen with this blue traditional menorah and this pink and red curved menorah. Any of these menorahs would make a great first menorah for children or just a great menorah to have and show off!
Kiddush happens on nearly every holiday and every Shabbat before eating dinner and lunch the next day. The cup used is supposed to be something special, which is how we ended up with silver Kiddush cups like these. There are kiddush cups with and without stems, so you can choose whichever you prefer. The stemless cups come with a blue or red band decorated with the words Borei Peri HaGefen, and then the ones with stems have a whole lot of options. Pomegranates decorate this stemmed cup, while brass branches sit elegantly on the saucer underneath for an outdoorsy look. If you want something traditional, there are also cups like this shiny floral Kiddush cup.