Judaica, Books, Gifts

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

A Family Affair

625 Euclid Court
Highland Park
Phone: (847) 433-1605
Contact: Lisa Schulkin

Jewish invitations and bar/bat mitzvahs and holiday cards. By appointment only.

A-BnC Parties and More

113 McHenry Road, Suite 235
Buffalo Grove
Phone: (847) 634 6535
Fax: (847) 634-6453
Email: judy@abncparties.com
URL: http://www.abncparties.com
Contact: Judy

Offers a variety of customized products and services for weddings, Bar/bat mitzvahs and other events. Products include invitations and computer calligraphy, custom centerpieces, balloon decorations, imprinted novelties, accessories, etc.

Arthur M. Feldman Judaica Gallery

465 Roger Williams Ave.
Highland Park
Phone: (847) 748-8123
Email: info@amfeldman.com
URL: http://www.arthurfeldmangallery.com

Special Judaica and appraisals. Antique, vintage and contemporary ritual items; fine art; photography; books on Jewish art.

Bais Hasofer

2900 W. Coyle Ave.
Phone: (773) 274-2961

Books and safrus.

Chai Design

Phone: Email: hello@mychaidesigns.com
URL: http://www.mychaidesigns.com

Chai Design boutique offers modern personalized gifts and unique Jewish inspired designs -- for all the special times in your life!

Cool Ketubah

216 W. Chicago Ave.
Phone: (312) 640-1999
Email: info@jnldesign.com
URL: http://coolketubah.com

Cool Ketubah is simply that: a good-looking, well designed Ketubah that looks like it belongs in the 21st Century. Designed by Chicago-based graphic designer Jason Pickleman, whose works are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Cool Ketubah projects the perfect balance between visual sophistication and poetic sentiment.

Creations by Eudice

12706 Sycamore Ct.
Phone: (847) 669-7037
Email: euvid@comcast.net
URL: http://www.creationsbyeudice.com
Contact: Eudice Germaine

Dichroic glass artist specializing in jewelry and Mezuzot cases that are one of a kind, waterproof, and exquisite. Hebrew name pendants using 22k gold on fused glass, cabinet nobs and very unusual pendants that make a statement. She now has added custom paracord bracelets with safety whistles and beautiful cuff earrings and ear climbers of Sterling and Swarovski crystal. Eudice is also a makeup artist trained by Mark Traynor, makeup artist to the stars. Eudice gives private lessons that include graphs and drawings and pictures for all styles of makeup: day, night, work, along with skin care advice for your skin and age. Eudice was an sthetician for over 20 years in Connecticut and used products made in Israel and also products you can make for yourself. Before and after photos are available. Lesson generally lasts around three hours. Call for a private appointment. 

Devorah Haggar Graphic Design & Photography

7033 N. Kedzie Ave., Apt. 203
Phone: (773) 262-1960
Email: devorah@devorahdesigns.com
URL: http://www.devorahdesigns.com
Contact: Devorah Haggar

Offers Jewish name art and unique Judaica gifts based on the meaning of your Hebrew name. Custom pieces of all kinds—for weddings, family name art, etc. Design professional for print communications, website design, photo imaging, composition, retouching and restoration. Photography for events, commercial, and portraits. Art direction and project management. By appointment only.

Diamond Presentations

9630 Laramie Ave.
Phone: 312-317-7723
Email: ilenediamond@att.net
Contact: Ilene Diamond

Custom bar/bat mitzvah, wedding invitations, Judaica and Hebrew designs; imprinted kippot and benchers, party needs. Event planning and wedding consulting.

Dreidels & More

Phone: (312) 266-6620 , (773) 562-5204
Fax: (312) 654-1065
Email: info@dreidelsandmore.com
URL: http://www.dreidelsandmore.com

Gallery of Judaica, giftware, clothing and jewelry from Israel's best designers. Menorahs, kiddush cups, candlesticks, mezuzahs, seder and matzah plates, challah trays, tzedakah boxes, and dreidels.

Essie Landsman Watercolors

1803 Westleigh Drive
Phone: (847) 998-0929
Email: essiel@comcast.net
URL: http://www.essielandsman.com
Contact: (Arlene) Essie Landsman

Custom-made ketubot, hamsa designs, Judaic art. Original watercolors created from your favorite photographs. Member American Jewish Artists Club.

Ethel Goldmeyer

7505 N. Francisco Ave.
Phone: (773) 764-4357


Geek Calligraphy

P.O. Box 608091
Phone: (805) 399-2244
Email: info@geekcalligraphy.com
URL: http://geekcalligraphy.com
Contact: Ariela Housman

Judaica art prints and ketubot with geek-themed art. Megillot, mezuzot, and workshops on safrut for all ages. Available for custom work.


3349 W. Dempster Street
Phone: (847) 679-0677
Contact: Nechama Small

Judaica, art, jewelry, silver, crystal, ceramic, no stain tablecloths, bosch mixers, silver repair, bridal gift registry, and more.

Jack Wald

2546 W. Jerome Street
Phone: (773) 428-8199
Email: jackwald1@gmail.com
URL: http://www.facebook.com/JewishArtwork
Contact: Jack Wald

Custom ketubahs, corporate and organizational painting, illustrations.

Jacqueline von Edelberg

3270 N. Lake Shore Drive
Phone: (773) 983-7430
Email: jacqueline@youtopia.tech
URL: http://www.ketubbah.co

Jacqueline's richly illuminated ketubbot draw on 15th through 19th century designs and reflect the tastes and inspirations of her clients. The calligraphy in each piece is done by hand, using the traditional Aramaic, conservative, or reformed texts. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, JUF News, and the Chicago Jewish News, and can be found in several galleries, including the Pittsburgh Museum of Art. She is a two-time finalist in the Philip and Sylvia Spertus Judiaca Prize Competition.

Jewish Gift Place

Phone: (917) 450-4434
Email: risa@jewishgiftplace.com
URL: http://www.jewishgiftplace.com
Contact: Risa Borsykowsky

Online Judaica store dedicated to selling high-quality handmade Jewish items including mezuzahs, menorahs, dreidels, tallit, tzedekah boxes, kiddush cups, candlesticks, and jewelry.

Josef Glimer Gallery

207 W. Superior Street
Suite 200
Phone: (312) 787-4640
Email: info@josefglimergallery.com
URL: http://www.josefglimergallery.com
Contact: Josef Glimer

A fine art gallery featuring local and international contemporary artists and masterworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. Established 1978. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Judith Joseph

1215 Wendy Drive
Phone: (847) 204-4043
URL: http://www.judithjosephstudio.com
Contact: Judith Joseph

Custom and print ketubah artist, Judaic art, printmaker, painter, illustrator, calligrapher, illustrated quotations, hand-painted silk chuppahs, instruction in painting and calligraphy, lecturer on Jewish art. Member Jewish Art Salon, New York. Managing Director, Jewish Artist's Collective-Chicago.

Karen Ness

8309 Oakwood Ave.
Phone: (847) 922-3509 , (219) 838-3837
Fax: (219) 838-3937

Hebrew and English calligraphy, custom ketubot, custom invitations and announcements, hand-painted invitations and stationery, Hebrew and English baby names, pesukim.

Leah Sosewitz

1469 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park
Phone: (847) 432-8258
Fax: (847) 432-8994
Email: leah@judaicartstudio.com
URL: http://www.judaicartstudio.com
Contact: Leah Sosewitz

Ketubot, illuminations, papercuts, invitations, synagogue donor recognition projects, etched glass and wood Judaica.

M. Kaz Designs

2802 N. Brighton Place
Arlington Heights
Phone: (847) 255-5599
Fax: (847) 255-5591
Email: mkasanov@comcast.net
URL: http://www.mkazdesigns.com
Contact: Marsha Kasanov

Chuppot, tallisim, kippot for all ages, bibs, aprons, challah covers, matzah covers, wedding bags, tallit bags, washing towels, and ladies' head covers.

Maraz Studios

Phone: (847) 782-9887
Email: margierazar@marazstudios.com
URL: http://www.marazstudios.com
Contact: Margie Razar

Fine art porcelain.

Maya Polsky Gallery

215 W. Superior Street
Phone: (312) 440-0055

Oil paintings and drawings by contemporary Jewish artists.

MayaWorks Office

1732 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 1A
Phone: (312) 243-8050
Fax: (312) 243-2156
Email: info@mayaworks.org
URL: http://www.mayaworks.org

Kippot and tallitot.

Mesorah Publications

4401 2nd Ave.
Phone: (718) 921-9000
Fax: (718) 680-1875
Email: comments@artscroll.com
URL: http://www.Artscroll.com
Contact: Efraim Perlowitz

English-language Judaica on Jewish life and learning--Talmud, Mishnah, Torah, Siddur, Tanach, Holocaust, Halachah, fiction, festivals, children's literature.

NS Beth El Sisterhood Sisterhood Gift Shop

1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park
Phone: 847-558-3389 , 847-571-5629
Email: suliekaroholt@gmail.com
Contact: Sulie Holt or Diane Levin

Your resource for beautiful Judaica and gifts; everything to enhance your Jewish home. Beautiful array of gifts for lifecycle milestones, from baby blankets, tallitot, and yads to groom's glass and shard keepsakes; unique items from Israel artisans - kiddush cups, candlesticks, mezuzot and jewelry. Wedding and b'nai mitzvot registries; hostess gifts for holidays and special occasions. Whatever your gift-giving need, we're your North Shore resource.

Oak Park Temple Gift Shop

Oak Park Temple
1235 N. Harlem Ave
Oak Park
Phone: 708-386-3937
Email: optgiftshop@gmail.com
Contact: Kathy Madura

Our gift shop features lovely Judaic items for daily spiritual life as well as holidays. You will find traditional and modern styles of candle holders, kiddush cups, seder plates, hanukkiah, jewelry, as well as gift items. Come and check us out!

Please Take A Gift Home

3016 W. Jarvis St.
Phone: (773) 338-1476
Fax: (773) 338-4737

Gifts for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

Rachael's Creations

Phone: 847-226-5032
Email: rachaelscreations1984@Gmail.com
URL: http://www.rachaelscreations.com
Contact: Rachael Gross

Handmade, unique Judaica crafted from polymer clay, including mezuzah cases, shabbat candle stick sets, menorahs and seder plates. Pieces are adorned with a variety of elements including wire, beads, stones, mica powders and alcohol inks. Many gifts can be personalized with English or Hebrew letters.

Rosenblum's World of Judaica

9153 Gross Point Road
Phone: (773) 262-1700 , (800) 626-6536
Fax: (773) 262-1930
Email: info@alljudaica.com
URL: http://www.alljudaica.com
Contact: Joshua Zwelling

Full-service Jewish book/Judaica store.

Sharon Borstein

6749 Lakeridge Drive
Long Grove
Phone: (847) 732-5218 , (224) 475-0971
Fax: (847) 478-8119
Email: sharon@borstein.com
URL: http://www.borstein.com

Hebrew and English calligraphy. Custom-designed ketubot, illuminated bar/bat mitzvah portions, baby naming and conversion certificates.

Studios of Lee Loebman

243 Braxton Way
Phone: (847) 721-6639
Email: leeloebman@gmail.com
URL: http://www.loebman.com

Ketubot, paper cutting, lithographs.

The Art of Memory

Phone: (914) 316-4538 , (312) 772-4689
Email: info@artofmemorypress.com
URL: http://www.artofmemorypress.com
Contact: Ilana Segal

Helping Jewish families preserve and honor their life stories, by conducting detailed biographical interviews and turning them into timeless, illustrated, hardbound books. Special sensitivity to Holocaust survivors.

The Balloon Lady

1004 Hobson Drive
Buffalo Grove
Phone: (847) 520-0122 , (800) 980-9816
Fax: (847) 520-6023

Balloons, balloon arches, and basic centerpieces, for bar/bat mitzvahs, and other simchas.

The Sukkah Project

2317 Grand Park #2A
Grand Junction
Phone: (844) 478-5568
Email: abram.sukkahproject@gmail.com
URL: http://www.sukkot.com
Contact: Abram Herman

Affordable, easy-to-build, klutz-proof, sukkah kits for small families or large congregations. Unique wood-frame and tubular steel sukkah kits, as well as decorations and other items for Sukkot.

Woodwork By Lou

Phone: (312) 337-5042
Fax: (312) 944-4596
Email: woodworkbylou@aol.com
URL: http://www.woodworkbylou.com
Contact: Lou Robinson

Judaic gifts, wood yads.

Your Songs Inc.

181 W. Fabish Dr.
Buffalo Grove
Phone: (847) 541-7293 , (800) 338-SONG
Fax: (847) 459-0871

Jewish music and gifts for bar/bat mitzvahs.

Zayde's Shtenders

Phone: (773) 294-5194
Email: zaydes_shtenders@yahoo.com

Custom-built shtenders.

What's New in the Guide

The Synagogue Security Council of North America

The Synagogue Security Council of North America is a 501c3 non-profit organization singularly focused on developing effective volunteer first responders within our own communities. SSCNA's mission is to make our synagogues and Jewish institutions safer by providing lifesaving skills and technology to committed community members, helping to cultivate cost-free, capable and effective first responders within every minyan. We do this by providing standardized technology systems, real-time intelligence, training and certification programs to community volunteers, giving them the necessary tools and skills to help prevent or respond to a targeted attack.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz, C.M.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz is a certified Mohel, recognized internationally. Practicing since 2014, he has performed hundreds of circumcisions and procedures across the United States of America, England & Israel.

Rachael's Creations

Handmade, unique Judaica crafted from polymer clay, including mezuzah cases, shabbat candle stick sets, menorahs and seder plates. Pieces are adorned with a variety of elements including wire, beads, stones, mica powders and alcohol inks. Many gifts can be personalized with English or Hebrew letters.