May 22

Ketubah of the Day

Hamsa - Citron Ketubah

by Temma Gentles

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This design is inspired by the vibrant colours,  intricate patterns, exquisite filigree, pungent spices and folklore of Morocco and North Africa. The hand-shaped amulets appear throughout the world as symbols of good luck and protection, particularly during life cycle events.  Here 18 (chai)  pendants, many drawn from the  collection of the Israel Museum, surround the ketubah text. The background fabric is a reproduction of screen-printed handwoven silk.

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Temma’s background includes many hours spent with her grandparents in their ladies’ wear store in Toronto. She studied literary symbolism in English and Russian at University of Toronto, and later graduated from Ontario College of Art. Her work has won prestigious awards and is owned by several museums. She is a founder of the Pomegranate Guild,of Judaic Needlework and on the executive of the Textile Museum's Volunteer Association. Temma considers that the essence of all her work is bringing stories to life.   Please visit her website: