We know we are not the only company out there offering crafts for Jewish
education. But we think our kits are the best. Why? Because our customers
tell us so!
And we may still be the smallest, judging by the number of products we
offer. Why is that? Because our selection is geared toward specific educational
goals which each offering must meet—enhancing lessons on customs
and holidays certainly, but also, encouraging creativity and instilling
pride and ownership of Jewish customs, and fostering an appreciation of
Judaic art and the artistic process.
That is why every Dreidelmaker craft kit is carefully designed from the
ground up to produce a piece of Judaica that is real, permanent, usable,
and beautiful, in the tradition of centuries of Jewish art, while at the
same time leaving room for individual creativity and expression. To us,
a spool is not the base of a spice box, and a key rack is not Jewish art,
no matter how many times you write “shalom” on it. Rather
than swell the catalog with numerous variations of the same thing, and
throw in stick-on graphics, we stay with a small number of basic designs
that leave room for individual creativity. Our aim is for the child or
adult who makes the kit to provide the variation.
Most of our kit parts are custom-designed by us and carefully reproduced
to our specifications. They are not available anywhere else. To be sure,
we use certain “stock” items when we can, in order to keep
costs lower, but only when they fit seamlessly into the overall design,
with the right proportion, fit and artistic effect.
The finished items you make from our kits do not look like
a hodge-podge of spare parts.
That is why they are received enthusiastically by high schoolers, college
students, seniors and adults learning Jewish customs for the first time,
as well as Sunday, Hebrew, Day School and Pre-school kids and summer campers.
They make a big impression on students, teachers and parents alike, and
their effect continues after they are brought home, where they are admired
and most importantly, used.
We manage to do this at a price comparable to other craft products that
are available. When our kit costs a few cents more, we think the difference
in quality is apparent. That is what our steady customers tell us. And
we listen to what our customers have to say—especially when they
offer a suggestion, or when something does not meet their expectations
or their needs. We do our best to respond and constantly improve our products.
The selection offered on this site, newly expanded and reflecting several
new product improvements, is a result of that process of communication
between educator and producer. I hope you will read it and share it with
your colleagues, and perhaps find something in it that can contribute
to the success of your program. Thank you!
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