Gary Rosenthal

About Gary Rosenthal

In the early 1970s, Gary Rosenthal, a pioneer of Modern Judaica, introduced new art inspired by the Jewish people's rich traditions. A world-renowned Jewish artist, from Kensington, MD. Gary brought new life to the field of Judaic art. The studio's modern style combines copper, brass, and steel with brilliant fused glass. It became an artistic style found in millions of Jewish homes and synagogues across the country. 

Presidents from Carter to Obama received Rosenthal art for the White House Judaic Collection. Bette Midler, John Travolta, and Ben Stein are just a few of the celebrities collecting Gary's art.

Rosenthal Judaica gifts appear in beautiful galleries, private collections, and museum shops. Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, Corning Museum of Glass, and the American Craft Museum are a few. Rosenthal Jewish art appears at B'nai B'rith Museum, The Jewish Museum, Skirball Museum of Culture, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Rosenthal was one of the first studios to introduce Wedding Chuppah Breaking Glasses and Keepsakes. Fashioned from the shards of the glass brides and grooms smash under the wedding canopy. They are sweet mementos of a heartwarming day.

He creates one of the most popular and unique lines of Judaic art with a team of talented craftspeople. They consider it a blessing- a mitzvah- to make this beautiful, functional art.

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Gary Rosenthal Collection

The Rosenthal Collection, known for its unique menorahs, explores many themes. The most recognized Jewish holiday is Hannukah and the Menorah is the centerpiece of this celebration.

1. Menorah

A Menorah has nine candles; eight are for each night of Channukah. And the ninth is the "Shamash" or servant; used to light the other candles. 

Modern, clean-lined Rosenthal Menorot themes include wedding, musical, and "Tree over Jerusalem." These feature hearts, musical notes, and the skyline of the city of Jerusalem. Gary designed the "Presidential Menorah" with an impressive Star of David and fused glass accents.

The Tree of Life, Art Deco, and a series of triangles and circles appear in the lines' specialty menorah.

2. Dreidels

A spinning top, from the Yiddish, with four sides, each marked with a different Hebrew letter nun, gimel, hay, and shin. These letters stand for the Nes Gadol Haya Sham, which means A Great Miracle Happened There. You spin the dreidel and bet on which Hebrew letter will show when the spinning stops. It is one of the best-known symbols of Hanukkah. Playing dreidel on Hanukkah comes from a legend from the time of the Maccabees. Jewish children forbidden from studying Torah, defied the decree, spun the dreidel, and studied the Torah.

Rosenthal Dreidels are fun for all ages, created in brass, copper, steel, and fused glass with many variations.  They range from tiny tops to circle of life dreidels, dreidels connected to menorot to musical versions. The Gary Rosenthal wedding dreidel is lovely. All contain mixed metals and beautiful colored fused glass. Bar and Bat Mitzvah dreidels are available as well for the special youngsters in your life. Gary's dreidels reflect the artist's colorful and modern aesthetic. In this collection, there are both Dreidels for play and display.

3. Mezuzot

An essential part of Jewish life is the Mezuzah and blessing. A Mezuzah appears on the doorpost of every Jewish home. It contains a small parchment scroll. On it you'll find handwritten words by a scribe of the "Shema." The Mezuzah designates Jewish homes and reminds those who live there of their connection to God and their heritage.

Mezuzot from Gary Rosenthal use a mix of copper, steel, brass, and colored glass. They can be specific like those for Bar and Bas Mitzvahs, weddings, or new babies. Wrapped copper, woven metal, and fused glass are a few of the elements used. Styles range from leaf and vine motives to hearts to music inspired themes.

4. Kiddush Cups

To hold the ritual wine for the Shabbat and other holidays, a Kiddush Cup serves to keep the wine. This particular goblet, simple or decorated, holds the wine for these celebrations.  The drinking of wine, with appropriate blessings, symbolizes joy, and worship.

A Rosenthal Kiddush Cup can incorporate a wedding theme with double hearts or "Love" spelled out on the stem. Elijah's Cup and Miriam's Cup with deep blue or purple glass are popular.

5. Seder Plate

The Seder plate, used on the first (two) night(s) of Passover, bears the specific foods the Seder celebrates. These include matzah, the zeroa (shank bone), egg, bitter herbs, charoset paste, and karpas vegetable.

 Passover Seder spreads information about Jewish faith and culture outside the community. It is a vehicle for a reaffirming of tradition, as well.

Gary has designed the ultimate Seder Plate! The world's most interesting with a vertical design and beautiful fused glass. There is a place for the matzah, saltwater, and charoset, along with the six regular dishes. This is the whole megillah!

6. Tzedakah Boxes

Hiddur mitzvah is a commandment to make things beautiful while doing good.

Pursuing acts of justice is one of the most meaningful obligations of Judaism. A tzedakah box collects charitable monetary offerings.  By tradition, tzedakah giving before the Shabbat candle lighting and on holidays. These charity boxes appear in schools, synagogues, or cemeteries, as well as the home.

Gary Rosenthal Hiddur Mitzvah Tzedakah Boxes are beautiful. This is a way to incorporate the Mitzvah of charity in your home. These sturdy charity boxes appear in Rosenthal's distinctive mixed metals and fused glass style.  And feature Jewish themes, like the Hamsa Tzedakah Box.

Gary Rosenthal Judaica gifts, handcrafted with care and respect for tradition. They incorporate up-to-date styles for today's modern world.