Ketubbot: Helping Couples Find Just the Right One

The many styles of kettubot on display in Audrey's Museum Store.

Need someone to walk you through the options? I can help!

It’s wedding season! One of my personal joys at Audrey’s Museum Store is meeting and guiding engaged couples through the process of selecting the perfect ketubbah. A ketubbah is a Jewish wedding contract and often a decorative document that hangs proudly in the home for years to come as a symbol of mutual love, commitment, and partnership. A ketubbah may be the first contract a couple signs together and the first piece of art purchased together.

With the multitude of options for text, personalization, and artist techniques (among them lithography, hand-painting, giclee printing, and papercut), selecting a ketubbah can be a confusing decision. As ketubbah specialist, my goal is to simplify the process, to give personal attention and historical context, and to make this experience memorable and meaningful.

The Vorspans posing with their beautiful and freshly inked <b>kettubah</b>!

The Vorspans posing with their beautiful and freshly inked kettubah!

What’s especially gratifying are the continuing relationships with couples I’ve worked with over the years. In 2007, Elana Taylor and Ben Vorspan came to Audrey’s to choose their ketubbah. After much deliberation and contemplation—Audrey’s carries hundreds of ketubbah designs created by dozens of artists from all over the world, from L.A. to New York to Israel—they chose “Beside Still Waters” by Amy Fagin. What they liked about it—and what I find so appealing about Amy’s designs—are her intricate patterns and vibrant colors.

Elana and Ben’s beautiful personalized ketubbah was signed and displayed at their wedding on July 1, 2007. In addition to their ketubbah, the Vorspans received many wedding gifts from Audrey’s bridal registry, including a seder plate, kiddush cup, and candlesticks, which they enjoy each Shabbat and every holiday in their own home.

The Vorspans have returned to the Skirball many times since their wedding day, and now return with their son, Evan. Evan Max, named after his great-grandfather Max Vorspan, is a happy and wonderful two-and-a-half-year-old. I’m always happy to see him. His parents tell me that he sings the blessings over the candlesticks they received as a wedding gift and that he knows the four questions to recite at the Passover Seder. The three of them (soon to be four of them!) were recently spotted at Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, playing, working on an art project, and having a great time. At the Skirball and at Audrey’s, especially during wedding season, we love being a part of a family’s beginnings at marriage and helping brides and grooms create wonderful memories.

Evan explores the wonders of Noah's Ark at the Skirball.

Evan explores the wonders of Noah's Ark at the Skirball.

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About Barbara Lang

Barbara Lang has been selling ketubbot at the Skirball Cultural Center for the past fourteen years. A social worker in her past life, she came to Audrey’s Museum Store in 1998 on a very part-time basis, and stayed for the long haul! Today, many of her former clients bring their children in to purchase their bar/bat mitzvah tallitot, to visit Noah’s Ark, and attend Toddler Time. This makes her work very gratifying. She lives with her husband in the Valley and spends her free time traveling to visit her two children, who now live and work in NYC.

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