Jewish Wedding Gifts

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Planning to attend a Jewish wedding this summer? Here are Jewish gift ideas–some creative, some traditional–that probably aren’t on the Bed Bath and Beyond registry.

Tzedakah in their Honor
Tzedakah BoxesWebsites like NetworkforGood and Tzedaka.org can give you ideas of where to make a donation in honor of the wedding. In choosing a worthy cause, consider the couple’s interests and passions. NetworkforGood also offers the option of purchasing a “Good Card” which allows the recipients to choose where the money will be donated.

Membership
Help your newlyweds get involved in Jewish life by purchasing a membership for them to a local Jewish museum or Jewish Community Center. If you know they plan to join a synagogue, consider contributing to their membership.

Tickets
A night out on the town is always a welcome gift. Consider purchasing gift tickets to a Jewish concert, theater or dance performance, cooking lesson, Jewish film festival, or other cultural experience.

Movies & Music
The bride and groom might appreciate a collection of great Jewish music or some quintessential Jewish films to help them relax after their big day. You can read about some good choices in this overview of American Jewish music or this article about contemporary Israeli films.

Books
Everything Jewish WeddingIf you choose books wisely, your wedding gift could help a newly-married couple build a Jewish library. For ideas, check out this review of the greatest American Jewish fiction,  and this list of the top 100 Jewish books–from Exodus (the second book of the Bible) to Exodus (the novel by Leon Uris). You could also give the couple a Jewish wedding planning book, like The Complete Jewish Wedding Planner or The Everything Jewish Wedding Book, in the months before their wedding, or a Jewish wedding art book, like Ketubbah.

Wine
Invest in the happy couple’s wine collection with some nice kosher wine or a membership to a kosher wine-of-the-month club.  They can use it for Shabbat or with any elegant meal.  Books like Maurie Rosenberg’s L’chaim: User Guide to Kosher Wine 1.0 can help you choose.

Posted on July 17, 2009

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