Florida Shootings and What Can We Do?

The Shema Israel prayer is recited daily.

Yea, but what does that have to do with the mental state of our community after the shootings in Florida of innocent children?

It is also recited to give us strength and healing in hard times.

You see, I, a parent of three school-aged kids, heard about this tragedy and was stunned.

Then, a customer wrote me on Facebook and sent me a video of her daughter’s interview from a local news station in Florida. Turns out that she is a teacher the Parkland, Florida high school and kept her kids safe in her classroom.

So, I got to thinking:

How do we work together as a community?

I know my thoughts, I know you have yours, and the next person has theirs.  We all have ideas on how to solve the problems.

I also know that our children need help. 

My son is in high school in Los Angeles.  He is at a small school compared to other local high schools in our area.

There is one psychologist on staff, full time, for a school of 1500 students.

He told me that two years ago they had two psychologists on staff, and the students were able to benefit and receive services.  There were even social skills programs for the students, but that ended when the district made cuts.

And that is a small school!

Imagine if all students were able to easily access mental health services.

If parents could walk in and report issues and seek help.

If other students could ask for advice.

The list goes on and on.

And this doesn’t pertain to only high school aged students.

Early intervention is key.

As we mourn as a nation, for the Las Vegas victims, the Sandy Hook victims, the Pulse nightclub victims, and so so so so many more, we need to support one another.

A friend of mine sent me a Valentine’s Day card this past week.

She included a little tiny bottle with confetti and wrote, “Sprinkle kindness to others like it’s confetti.”

How perfect.

Smile, treat others nicely.

And give your kids a hug.

Be strong, be kind, say a prayer for strength and healing for our country.

And, if you liked the pendant in the image, Alef Bet Jewelry donated 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of this charm, the Shema Israel prayer, to Go Fund Me in support and aide of the victims of the shooting.



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:



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.

Wearing the Hebrew Biblical Prayer Jewelry

Hebrew Prayer Jewelry

Every religion has a prayer, “Thee Prayer.”  In Judaism, it is the Shema Israel Prayer found in the Book of Deuteronomy 6:4.  It serves as the centerpiece of both the morning and evening prayers, and the first verse translates as follows: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD Our God, the LORD is One.”  


As children, we are taught this prayer and no matter where you go in the world, no matter how religious you are, or aren’t, you know this prayer.  It is almost what unites us, to put it lightly, when we don’t share the same language or customs.  


I remember many times when showing this bracelet to someone and I say it is Hebrew, and the customer cannot read the language and are not religious, immediately ask is it the Shema Prayer?  And each person then tells a story with their memories of the prayer.  It is a touching moment for all, a moment we love to hear about when selling jewelry.  The stories, the feelings, the connection made again through a prayer to our fellow people around the world.

Just having the bracelet close to your soul, the words of the Hebrew prayer near you is a feeling that one cannot describe.  It grounds you, gives you inspiration and fills your soul.  These are all comments that our customers relay to us time after time.


There are many gorgeous prayer bracelets at Alef Bet Jewelry.  Take a peek, and let us know the feelings that they create when you wear them.



Contest Time is Always Fun!!

There is the blessing, called the Shema Israel, it is a BIG deal.  Such a BIG DEAL, that every single Jewish person knows it.

I mean every. 

Religious or not, they at least know the meaning and the first 3 words.

Hebrew Bracelet
Hebrew Shema Israel Blessing Bracelet


The Shema Israel blessing (translated) reads, “Hear O’ Israel, The Lord is Our G-d, the Lord is One.”  Deuteronomy 6:4

This touching, amazing, personal, gift-giving, wearing daily, gorgeous bracelet is being given away for free until the end of Hanukkah 2016.

To enter go to Instagram, follow us and leave a comment.



Shema Israel Hebrew Necklace

Shema Israel Sterling Silver Necklace
Shema Yisrael Necklace in Silver


Wearing the Shema Yisrael necklace is like holding a precious gift close to your heart.   The Hebrew prayer, Shema, translates as “Hear O’Israel, The Lord is Our G-d, The Lord is One.”  -Deuteronomy 6:4.


The Shema prayer is the considered the most important prayer in Judaism, stating that Jews have only One G-d, there are no others.  Keeping the faith close by, not only in your heart and soul, but on your body is a beautiful statement.  Necklace comes in silver, gold-plate or rose-plate and all have a single brightly shining stone in the upper corner.  Like a smile smiling down on you….


See the Shema Necklace on Amazon.com by clicking here.

Allure of Rose Gold

Shema Yisrael Jewelry
Shema Yisrael Bracelet

Recently we responded to an article that was asking about the allure of rose gold.  I stopped a second and thought about the pink-toned color, and truthfully, our demand for rose gold jewelry has dramatically increased.  The pink tones offer a sense of coolness, almost a tranquil feeling, yet it is bold and feminine at the same time.   When looking up different words for what pink represents, the list is long but the words, or adjectives,that moved us were: unconditional and romantic love, compassion and understanding, nurturing, romance, warmth, hope, calming, sweetness, feminine and intuitive energy.  Rose gold , also known as pink gold, is not a natural gold color, which is yellow.  Blending copper and white alloys in with the yellow produce pink.

Here is a selection of spiritual, religious, and protective jewelry with a feel of “pink.”

Amethyst Gemstones and Rose Pyrite
Amethyst Gemstone bracelet


Hamsa Jewelry
Hamsa Necklace with Pearl


Shema Israel Prayer Jewelry

shena yisrael jewelry
Shema Israel prayer in Hebrew

When thinking of the Shema Yisrael prayer you usually don’t assosciate Justin Bieber and Jewish prayers.  But, according to the tabloids, he recites the Shema  before each concert.  Well, since the majority of us readers don’t perform in concerts, we can’t brag about saying the Shema prior to performing.  However, what we can take credit for is saying the Shema Yisrael during morning and evening daily prayers, or when we are able to pray.

The Shema prayer is based on the first two words found in Deuteronomy 6:4, in the Torah.   This first verse expresses the very basic belief of Judaism: monotheism.  The belief in One G-d. It is traditional for Jews to utter the Shema as their last words, as well as for parents to teach their children to say it before going to sleep at night. “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.”

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד – Sh’ma Yisra’el YHWH Eloheinu YHWH Eḥad
Shema Israel Jewelry
Shema Israel Necklace

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad – Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One

Since the Shema is such an important prayer, the idea of wearing it came about.  Huh?  Well, why not take the words from the prayer, as beautiful as they are, and make them shine and sparkle.  Hence, the idea of Shema jewelry came about and now is Alef Bet Jewelry’s  best selling line.
Wearing a symbol of your religion doesn’t have to only be limited to a Star, mezuzah or Chai anymore.  Words can represent pride, heritage and Judaism just as a Magen David necklace does.

Shema Yisrael Jewish prayer necklace
Shema Yisrael Hebrew prayer jewelry