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Judaica Store in Jerusalem

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Judaica Store in Jerusalem

Can someone recommend a store in Jerusalem that has good prices on Jewish religious articles? We want to buy a tallit and tefellin for our son, and maybe some other ritual/religious items (including mezuzot) as gifts.

Thanks for any recommendations.

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1. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

I like to patronize the shop run my Yad LaKashish, which sells beautiful products made in the workshops of this organization (Lifeline for the Elderly), which supports the work of elderly Jewish artisans. My favorite tallit is from there, the shop is right of Kikar Safra, not far from Ben Yehuda. (But I don't believe they would sell tefillin.)

Here's a link to their online store

www.lifeline.org.il/index.php…

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2. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

Yad Lekashish sells decorative articles, not ritual requirements such as tefillin and mezuzot. For kosher tefillin and mezuzot (rather than just the mezuza cases, which you can buy anywhere) you would need to go to a specialist store.

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3. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

For tefillin and mezuza scrolls, Hasofer in Geula is a very reputable place. I believe that they can take off VAT if you are exporting goods - but you need to check with them. Their website: http://www.hasofer.com

Generally speaking if you are looking for traditional-type items, Geula and Mea Shearim are a good bet (the shops either side of Strauss at the intersection with Mea Shearim street). NB of course you should dress appropriately if you are shopping in a strictly Orthodox neighborhood.

For more colourful Judaica items (e.g. mezuza cases, gifts), or if you are looking for a non-traditional tallit, have a look at Yair Emanuel's stuff. There is a factory store just off Yad HaHarutzim street in Jerusalem which is worth visiting. Hard to describe exactly where it is but see the below for a google maps link.

http://www.emanuel-judaica.com/store/

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.753683,35.215907,3a,75y,1.82h,88.08t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sKXOUSa7twO6oY1sfbXod4A!2e0

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4. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

Hasofer is definitely reputable. He speaks English ( may be an Anglo, I do not remember) and I found his prices to be fair. Anyone who remembers the Israel Center's old location--he is in that building!

AND as long as others are mentioning, for gifts, my favorite place is Gans, on Rivlin ( down the block from Mike's Bar and Village Green on Yafo.

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5. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

I bought a lovely new tallit last October from a relatively new place opposite the Hurva synagogue in the Old City.

It was owned by a young couple whom were very kind and helpful.

I am afraid I do not have the name of the shop, but if you are passing pop in there and take a look around.

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6. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

There is a wonderful shop for Biblical gifts in a Hurva Square in the Old City run by Moshe Kempinski and his brother who specifically wanted to sell gifts inspired by the Tanach. The name of the a shop is Shorashim. They have a website here for you to check out:

http://www.shorashim.com/shop/

Moshe gives talks to tour groups explaining differences in our faiths - it was very interesting and informative. While a tour group is there the shop gets closed for a while but it is well worth going back if you should find the door shut the first time.

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7. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

I know Shorashim very well. They too do not have all religious items as you are looking for, but worth a stop anyway,

Edited to add: Stop in, buy something and ask him for a place for T'fillin. I know they have tallit ( small selection) They have mezuzah cases, but I do not know if they have the scroll itself.

Edited: 11:56 pm, February 20, 2014
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8. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

For tefillin and mezuza scrolls, there's really no replacement for going to a reputable scribe - definitely don't buy from a random souvenir shop. If you're going to Hasofer, you can email them ahead and book a "tour" to have them show your son how tefillin are made.

Another option for tallit (both traditional and non-traditional, handwoven so more expensive) is Gabrieli on Yoel Solomon street: http://gabrielirubin.co.il

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9. Re: Judaica Store in Jerusalem

HaSofer is a scribe - yes he is American, though he may have other people working in his shop too.

There is a wonderful scribe - honest, reliable around the corner from Shorashim - the store name is OT - it's a small shop and I'm sure the people at Shorashim can direct you.

In terms of tallitot - you can find them everywhere - if you want to see something a bit different then check out Weaving Creations - it is right across from the Cardo - beautiful, hand woven tallitot and also machine woven tallitot with hand woven accents.

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