What is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

What is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

  • Jewish coming of age ceremony
  • Boys and girls are typically age 13 and considered Jewish adults.
  • Bat is for girls and Bar is for boys
  • Study and preparation allow one to read from the Torah 
  • A mitzah is a commandment.  A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is ultimately continuing one’s religious and spiritual experience such as their ancestors before them

Jewish Stars are the #1 Hanukkah Gift in 2017


What we’re gifting this Hanukkah 2017 is gold Jewish Star necklaces.  


As seen in December’s issue of  Hadassah Magazine , this year’s hottest and most popular jewelry gifts are Jewish Star necklaces.

Made from solid yellow 14k gold, a delicate Star is exactly what our customers are clamouring for and they can be found online at www.alefbet.com


“What we love about the diamond star is that is it unique, and so different,” says Paula, owner at Alef Bet Jewelry by Paula.  The diamonds do not disappoint, as they sparkle brilliantly just like the flames of the chanukkiah.  If diamonds aren’t your style, perhaps a simple Star is.  There is actually nothing “simple” about this Star of David, it’s beauty is in the meaning and the design.


Have a wonderful Hanukkah, may it be filled with many blessings, health and love!!




What Are Great Gifts For Hanukkah 2017

Wear—and give– a hunka-hunka burnin’ love this Chanukah!


Maybe it’s just the memory of dreamy boychik Adam Sandler and his guitar, but this Chanukah, we’re having an Elvis moment. Why? The King loved to wear sparkly things, and he also LOVED to eat fried food.  Two out of three (okay, Elvis might have been Jewish)—not bad!


These eight crazy nights of the 2017 Hanukkah festivities begin December 12 and last until December 20. These are the nights when we light the candles and rekindle the hope of the world. We eat delicious food fried in oil, whether it’s fabulous sufganiyot (our favorite filled donuts have gone far beyond Bubbe’s standard red jelly filling!), or stacks of golden potato latkes – not to mention cheese pancakes.


Just a brief historical sidebar: our first Jewish ancestors, unless they lived in Peru or thereabouts, did not eat potato pancakes. Potatoes are indigenous to the Americas, and so Yehudis (aka Judith, circa 164 B.C.E.) never tasted one. Fried cheese pancakes were enjoyed by Jews, and others, across the Old World until Europeans made contact with the Inca civilization, around 1553 C.E., and brought potatoes back across the Atlantic.


This holiday also is a time to give gifts—fabulous, sparkling gifts with faceted, fiery stones. Bringing light into darkness inspires us, so we recommend jewelry that ignites the inner fire of our faith. For a very special lady, our pick is our 14K starburst pendant (SB55). It’s both feminine and fierce, a stellar 14k gold setting with a blazing center diamond. Now, that’s what we call a “Rock of Ages”!


For Chanukah, our selection of pendants and bracelets celebrating “Shema Yisrael” is a favorite. We’ve got a number of versions, in sterling silver, gold plate, and 14k gold. This heartfelt verse at the very center of Jewish prayer and Jewish life is captured in fiery calligraphic script, protected by a circle of cubic zirconia that glow by the light of every candle on each of the eight nights. Check out SM12, SM8, or just connect with us here for your free Chanukah gifting consultation!

Shema Israel Sterling Silver Necklace
Shema Yisrael Necklace in Silver

And back to Elvis. When your Chanukah gifting includes something manly, we’re featuring a masculine bracelet on Amazon that puts the Shema at his wrist in a modern mix of glowing pewter and long-wearing genuine leather. White zip-front jumpsuit definitely optional! See it here:



Why We’re Wearing a Seal of Solomon Necklace

Have you ever received a gift that made you ecstatic?
A gift given to you with the intention to make you feel better?

Before telling about that gift, I wanted to share Art’s story.

Art, a business partner, was feeling a bit down. Things weren’t going in the direction that he wanted, his own business was horribly slow, and he was suffering from back problems. One afternoon, out of nowhere his close friend gave him a necklace and said, “wear this.”

And he did.

Things started picking up– business improved and so did life.

But that necklace, it was falling apart. The plating was coming off, his neck was turning green.
Others with similar necklaces were asking him to repair and re-plate the silver color on their pendants.

There seemed to be a trend.

Men wanted jewelry, and wanted jewelry with meaning.

The two of us, Art and I, started talking about this idea of jewelry that heals from the inside of your soul. We started researching exactly what was this necklace that he was given.

A Seal of Solomon


What is a Seal of Solomon and who was Solomon?


There are 72 Seals of Solomon, all made by King Solomon from Biblical times. He was perhaps the wisest man who ever lived. Author of not only most of the Book of Proverbs, which has over 3,000 proverbs in it, but the Song of Solomon a collection of love poems, and the Book of Ecclesiastes. G-d gifted King Solomon with unsurpassed wisdom and he ruled Jerusalem for 40 years of peace and much prosperity– he was born in 848 BCE and died at the age of 52 in 796 BCE. 

So, what do the Seals mean?

Solomon, a King, that could speak directly to G-d, was also gifted with the ability to command and control demons and speak to animals. It is said he received a signet ring, with a magical seal and drawing that held supernatural powers.

All in all there are 72 Seals. Each one has its own unique meaning that varies from success to health and recovery to that of love. Each seal empcompasses the cosmic order, the skies, movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth and the elements of air and fire. King Solomon’s Seals combine strength, beauty, symbolism and illustrative quality and all within a geometric figure.

That is a ton of information!

You know, many of the abstract figures and diagrams that were found on these seals are encompassed in all three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The seals are not religious oriented, but are more centered around the celestial stars and geometrical figures. Basically, a universal symbol for protection that hold magical powers to ward off evil forces, and are not associated with one religion or people.



So, that is the history behind the Seals. Amazing, right? It’s totally mind-blowing!!

The next task, after we researched the seals, was how to design and create one that is hip, modern in style and durable. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, that was invented a long, long time ago, but what we wanted to do was to make one better.

The first inspiration, besides the seal itself, was creating a frame for the pendant. We chose a wax letter-stamp seal as the border. Then we cast the piece in sterling silver, deciding on a 2 inch diameter.  Silver, being a precious metal,  will prevent discoloration and bring you years of wear and enjoyment.

Which Seals to Use?

We thought long and hard on which two seals to place on the necklace and we came up with one for wealth and honor.  The Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter, taking its wording from Psalm 112:3 “Wealth and Riches are in His house, and His righteousness endureth forever.”  The other is from the Sixth Pentacle of Jupiter, used for protection against all earthly dangers. Surrounding this seal are the Seraph, Kerub, Ariel, and Tharsis; the four Rulers of the Elements from Psalm 22:16 “They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones.”

What is the legend of buying or gifting the Seal of Solomon?

The story about gifting this necklace, like the one that began with a gift to Art, is based only on our experience, brought to us by Armenian folklore– we googled and googled it and found no answer on the practices of gifting a Seal. The best answer is really no answer.   Sorry to say.

If you’d like to buy a Seal of Solomon for a loved one, in need of business success and wealth, as well as protection from all earthly dangers, please see our seals online at Amazon. And we’ll keep you posted on more designs to come.


Seal of Solomon Sterling Silver Necklace


King Solomon Seals were created by King Solomon and are used by all three religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They allow people to feel an invincible power of ancient knowledge and experience enormous charges of energy. They also help people to reshape their destiny and enhance their quality of life. If you’d like to gift a Seal of Solomon made from the precious metal, sterling silver, we are sharing Alef Bet Jewelry’s link here.








What’s! It’s Not Silver– it’s Pewter?

That looks just like silver, but you’re telling me it isn’t??!!




Pewter is a precious metal, just not as precious as platinum, gold or silver.   It is the 4th most popular metal that is used for jewelry making, so basically the term fine-precious metal is more exact.  That being said, it is used quite a lot in making jewelry that looks and feels just like sterling silver, but at a fraction of the cost.


Pewter is a metal that is 90% tin mixed in with a bit of copper and has a very low melting point, which makes it easy to pour into a jewelry mold.  It is also much cheaper than silver or gold, so the price is a lot less.  Many times jewelers will practice the first rendition of a piece of jewelry using pewter.  It also melts rather quickly, at 550 degrees, so it can quickly be tossed back into the fire.

When pewter is high polished, it actually does look like silver.  But, for a much cheaper price.  The ease of caring for it is simple, which is probably why it was so commonly used in many households back in the Middle Ages.  Cups, plates, figurines, but never weapons due to its softness and low melting point, have been found.  When something was “banged” up, they just remelted it and made it over again, as the website Askmrjewelry comments.

The older pewter, or antique pewter, has a beautiful patina finish on it– almost like an oxidized appearance.  This is extremely attractive when combined with leather.


Here is an example of how nicely the leather looks with a pewter design.  There is a patina finish on it, making the lettering “pop” so you can see the details nicely.  This happens to be the Shema Israel Hebrew Blessing.


Here is another example of a design for men with leather, showing a Jewish Star emblem.

The durability for pewter is also perfect for jewelry, as it does not tarnish and is simple to clean.  Just use a damp cloth with a very small amount of soap and rub it over the metal.  Dry it after, and it is back to “new” again.

Alef Bet’s mens’ pewter and leather collection can be found exclusively on Amazon.com.

To see the entire collection click here.


Reciting Prayer for Unity After Las Vegas Tragedy

Hebrew Shema Israel Prayer

As we all awoke to the news in Las Vegas this morning, October 2, 2017, I found myself reciting the Shema Israel prayer.

It just came to my mind.


The shooter saw no color, no religion, no nothing… except pure hatred.


The Shema Israel prayer, says we are all equal, have One G-d. One G-d across many religions, who does not love anyone any less, or anymore.  You can read more about the prayer here.

We are human beings, an inspiring reminder that life is precious, that we are all united.

That we are all ONE.

The hatred and evil acts going on in the world based on hatred only makes us stronger.  I am sure you joined me in watching the broadcasts and hearing about the self-less acts of true heroes helping others.  How people protected others they didn’t know.  How the wait to donate blood is over 8 hours long, how they are turning away donations.  That is the  G-d we know, that is the humanity we know.

Hear Israel, the Lord is Our G-d, the Lord is One.

We are with you Las Vegas, we are with you in this world.

No religion, no color, no politics can divide us. We are equal.

We are ONE. 

How do you feel about the community?  Share you positive experiences with what you have seen around you in this time of tragedy.

Pomegranates Suck at Peeling and Opening but Are Symbolic of….

14k pomegranate jewelry

Pomegranates are a Biblical fruit, with visual imagery and symbolism up the wahzoo.  

Truth be told, it is a gorgeous piece of fruit.  It truly is.  


Poetry is written about, heck, Alef Bet even made jewelry out of it!  See the photo above.  Rose 14k gold set with brilliantly shining rubies.  Drop-dead gorgeous.  


But, let’s talk reality.  It is so hard to open, peel and eat that is it really worth the trouble?


There is a tree in my backyard loaded with pomegranates.  Remind me to look for a picture.  The fruit is so loaded on the tree, it touches the floor.  No joke.  The squirrels adore it, and last year the tree-rats were in heaven.  For some reason, they left this year.  Guess they found a sweeter home.

Really, why was this tasty and healthy-full of nutrients- fruit so hard to eat!!!

To peel it is a challenge, to seed it –OMG!  See this bowl below, time consuming mess.  The clean up was a disaster.  I have to wear an apron so my clothes won’t stain.


But, this next picture below is great.  Maybe my favorite of all.  The shot is set up, the coloring is phenomenal and the juice…. the burgundy shade is perfect and the sprig of rosemary in it….. should I go on?  You know there is a splash of liquor in there too, right? Then glance back up at my mess.

That is a real picture.  



Anyhow, my fruit is organic.  

Back to the beauty of pomegranates though in all reality…

It does make gorgeous jewelry, right?




When I Saw Billy Elliot…

This weekend I saw the play, Billy Elliot.

First, if you haven’t seen it, see it!  If you haven’t seen the movie, see it!!


leather and evil eye bracelet for men


My parents took me and the grandkids to a very small playhouse where the cast is all volunteers and the performances are sooooooo good, you just cannot even fathom buying the tickets on goldstarevents.com because you feel like you are cheating the playhouse.  That being said, the play message moved me.


It wasn’t the time and energy and skill that goes into a production at a volunteer playhouse that moved me.  In all honesty, my daughter is on dance team, so I know about endless rehearsals and lessons.


 It was the message of a dream.

 And the right to be who we are. 


Sure, the manly dad and brother are who they are, and the cross-dresser is who he is.  And the boy Elliot just wanted to dance because it made him feel like nothing else in the world.  He is who he is.   What a blessing to be able to soar and be at peace with who you are.  I only hope that my children grow up to be who they want to be in life, and if I am ever found being stubborn, as the father in the play was, that I can change and grow as he does.

It really makes you think.  About life, happiness and what makes a person seek happiness.

That being said, it is the perfect moment to introduce a new line of jewelry that we are toying with–men’s bracelets.  You see, if a guy wants to wear a sparkly and shiny beaded bracelet– Damn It He Should!!!

black silver mens bracelet

He should.


This new selection is found online at www.alefbet.com, and keeping within the beloved theme of evil eyes and hamsas, we are, of course, highlighting spiritual symbols.  (You didn’t think we wouldn’t, right?)


The combination of sparkling black and turquoise cubic zircon stones are all hand-set in this evil eye amulet and strung on sterling silver beads.


This look here is a bit different, as the sterling silver beads are blackened with a rhodium plating and strung together with an evil eye charm in the center.  The other designs are combination of leather with a sword, and the other a set of three movable stones within a bar.


We encourage you to wear your bling proudly, flaunt your style loudly, but most of all be yourself.  Be happy in your skin– be proud of your accomplishments and learn from your failures.  And do as Billy Elliot did and take a leap and try because you never know where life is going to take you.


If you’d like to check out this new collection of men’s bracelets, visit and click alefbet.com


When Your Feet Hurt Wear Cute Jewelry

New shoes, new jewelry. 


Ladies– do you have a hard time shopping for shoes?  Not based on style, but on how they feel on your feet?


I have the hardest time!  I mean, my feet constantly ache.  It is the arch of my foot that just throbs.  I guess I could go to the doctor, but why? I think as a woman, we just like to suffer.  I really do.


I would rather moan and groan and shrug in pain whenever I step down from bed every morning than deal with appointments and doctor offices.

I just would.  

However, I have found that massages really help my feet pain.  My Peruvian friend said to me a few years back, come to my “sobadora” she is the best.  Now, I am sure that I am misspelling the Spanish word, so feel free to comment on my error.  But, basically, she is a lady that works out of her garage and pushes and pulls and moves tendons and ligaments and nerves back into place.  There is much screaming in pain during the whole process, it is not for the weak at heart.

But it works!!!

I would travel every Sunday to see her, a four hour trip, for almost a year.  Unfortunately, she passed away.  And unfortunate for me, my feet hurt still.

As I am off trying to find the next “sobador” I am still finding it hard to find cute and comfy shoes.  I did buy these slip-ons, aka mules of some sort at DSW.  They have a bit of an arch and padding.  Let’s hope for the best.

And they look awfully cute with simple gold jewelry.  I gotta admit they do.  

If you want to see these cute bracelets go to Alefbet.com and for the shoes, check out DSW.



Onto the next Sobador and Chinese Foot Massage…. the journey continues!

If Madonna Could Pull it Off…..

Growing up, you got a piece of Jewish jewelry for your bat-mitzvah, but if you were “lucky” you did not.  Back in the 80s, there was no fashion-forward Judaic jewelry.  It was large, ugly and style-less.  Ok, that is a big-blatant statement I am making, so I will retract it and say, “I cannot remember ever seeing anything nice that was religious when I grew up.”


It just wasn’t fair.  Madonna wore cool crosses and the kids at school did too.  They had fun flaunting their faith with style, pizazz and flair.   She made the rosary and crucifix into jewelry and took layering to a new extreme.  


And then she added a Jewish Star and OMFG!!!!


The coolest of the cool was wearing a Star of David.



As a society, we are used to images of obnoxious, gross, very large Judaic symbols.  (Madonna’s isn’t small by any means).  It was the Jewish grandpa on Miami beach wearing his mezuah, star or chai pendant on a thick gold chain that came instantly to mind.  You might argue with me and say your charm was meaningful and carried memories, but don’t forget this is my memories of what I saw as a kid, and would love to hear about yours in the comment section.

Now, back to my story:

These stereo-typical images are found on the big screen.  Here are two resourceful images I found that portrays the image of the symbolic pieces:

Other than that, there really was nothing on the market.  Unless, you were lucky enough to have someone you knew going to Israel, and they could hook you up with your name in Hebrew.  Remember this was pre-internet and Birthright so Israel was not on the top of the most-traveled list.


In 1989, my second trip to Israel, I remember getting my name in bold font Hebrew letters.  I was so cool, I didn’t even notice they spelled my name wrong.  Didn’t matter, I couldn’t read it anyhow.


Leaving the glamorous 1980s behind  and stepping into the late 1990s, there still was a void in faith-based Jewish jewelry.  Now, by this time I had learned to read, write and speak Hebrew.  My mom, selling jewelry at the time in her maternity shop, decided it was time to manufacture her own jewelry.  Enter Hebrew letter beads!



All of the sudden, there was modern Hebrew jewelry on the market, none of the likes seen before.  These cubes were fashioned after the English letter beads that were all the craze.


Popularity, Jewish, affordable


We hit on an idea that was void in the market.  The Jewish mothers loved us– !  Remember, this was still pre-internet days.


1996, baby


Thinking that we were a one hit wonder, we named the business after the beads. Alef Bet Jewelry.


Then someone asked us what else we had…..  and the answer was, “nothing.”  So, we scrambled and thought and designed and the rest is history.


If you still want to purchase these Hebrew necklaces, you can.  We really still do manufacture these beads from the original molds we made them in.


Confession– the image was taken on a regular pre-digital camera.  We used film.

And it was pre-photoshop.  So that is our only image that remains.  But, the jewelry is still shining and gorgeous and can be found at www.alefbet.com.


Let us know your thoughts and what were your stories about seeing Madonna in a Jewish star?