Extending respect to people of different backgrounds, knowledge levels, and experiences is a central value. This includes, but is not limited to: couples who may be interfaith, interracial, same sex, or non-traditional genders, as well as the "getting married in the synagogue in a traditional way" Jewish empowered bride and groom.
After many years making custom ketubot, in Spring 2012, I added prints to my offerings, bringing the same high quality and personal service that have been hallmarks of my custom commissions to clients looking for a more affordable and faster ketubah. I wanted to be certain that I had technical solutions for really good art reproduction and customizable text at an affordable price.
Quality, Flexibility, and Affordability
Each ketubah is made to order and printed on demand. This means that your information is seamlessly integrated into the text as part of a regular purchase. Clients may mix and match the texts, use entirely custom texts, add or remove lines, change signature lines, and designate how they want to be identified (Bride? Groom? Beloved? No labels?)
Your Text, Your Way
The only limit is that I cannot use copyrighted material without permission in writing. If there is a copyright protected text you love, try contacting the copyright holder and ask if they license their text. Anything you write yourself may be used, of course.
Premium materials, beautifully printed, using high resolution images. Comparing prices from the big Judaica websites, buying a "premium" ketubah, personalized and shipped via ground costs easily costs $500-$1000 compared to $200 - $600 here. And their version of "rush" is lower quality and slower than any of my standard production and shipping times.
How can I afford to beat their prices and work so fast?
The short answer: Low overhead costs, a streamlined production process, not selling wholesale, and making your ketubah on demand.
5-10 business days is realistic. Of course, that relies upon the client to be prepared with all the necessary information and promptly respond to proofs. The biggest delay is often getting rabbi approval for your ketubah. While many rabbis are extremely quick to look over the proofs, others may take weeks.
When looking around the internet, it is easy to find amazing art for very little money. It seems like nearly everyone is selling original art and selling it for almost nothing. So, why are ketubot comparatively expensive?
The folks at G-dcast, best known for putting out videos of the weekly Torah readings, have put together a lovely series on Jewish rituals. This is their video explaining the ketubah.
I'm honored to be included in some very august company (the Ketubah-Arts design featured is the Rising Ketubah)
By now, you've shopped around and you've encountered, "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine." On the one hand, it is a classic theme for Jewish weddings for a reason - its symmetry, sentiment, and history are appealing and reassuring. On the other, it is everywhere. For couples wanting something just a little bit different, its ubiquitousness may make it much feel less theirs.
Part 1 offers some traditional alternatives. Part 2 will offer some less traditional, but inspiring options.
As labels go, "Interfaith" is broad, encompassing everyone from mostly secular, even atheist couples who come from different backgrounds, to deeply religious couples who are committed to different faiths. The "interfaith" label may be the only thing these couples have in common. I choose symbols very carefully, making sure that no one has to choose something that doesn't fit or that makes claims on their identity that they are not ready to embrace.
With a commitment to serving the needs of couples, who ever they love, Ketubah-Arts offers flexibility in every aspect of a ketubah - whether it is allowing couples to request changes to the texts or the art or providing a wide variety of ketubah styles, every couple can choose a ketubah that will be a tangible reminder of their commitment to each other.
A Hebrew name in a Jewish context refers to the ritual name given at a bris (religious circumcision) or baby naming to a Jewish child or to a person becoming Jewish upon completing the beit din. It is used during religious rituals, like being called up to bless the Torah, getting married, or other formal ritual events.
Frequently asked question, #001, "What do I sign my ketubah with?" Here are my recommendations with links to Amazon for purchase.
Mostly, couples are interested in and expect to express an emotional commitment rather than signing a contract that protects the bride in case of death or divorce.
Talking you out of it will be difficult, but I'm going to try. I know, I know, this may look like a conflict of interest, but I'm telling you this for your own sake. Truly. (Of course, I happen to have a lot of great ketubot to sell you just over here....)