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Anika Smulovitz, torah crown keter torah rimonim sterling silver Judaica river rocks emerald ruby opal moonstones handmade
sterling silver, river rocks from Alexandria, Virginia and Boise, Idaho, opal, moonstones, ruby, emerald
9” x 7 ¾” x 8”; photographed by Doug Yaple
2014
Anika Smulovitz, water torah pointer sterling silver 18k gold aquamarine granulation
sterling silver, 18k gold, aquamarine; 10 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/8"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2012
Anika Smulovitz, Torah pointer matriarchs honoring sterling silver antique mother of pearl buttons embroidery needles
sterling silver, antique mother-of-pearl buttons, embroidery needles; 10" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2012
Anika Smulovitz, torah pointer, judaica, sterling silver, gold, rosh hashanah
sterling silver, 18k gold, citrine, honeycomb, bee, glass; 8 1/2" x 5/8" x 5/8"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2010
Anika Smulovitz, Octogenarian torah pointer, sterling silver, Judaica, hand-made, fabricated
sterling silver , magnify glass 7.7/8"x15/16"x5/8"
photographed by Jim Wildeman
2002
Anika Smulovitz, Compass torah pointer judaica silver metalsmithing
sterling silver, compass, acrylic 81/2"x5/8"x5/8"
photographed by Jim Wildeman
2001
Anika Smulovitz, sterling silver amethyst aluminum Torah pointer yad Judaica extendable
sterling silver, amethyst, found object; 5-20" x 1/2" x 1/2"
Photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smulovitz, Untitled wheel perambulator sterling silver, 18k gold, torah pointer
sterling silver, 18k gold, sand, glass; 8 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 3/4"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2009
Anika Smulovitz, paper torah pointer yad gold paint judaica
1950's map from Jewish Israel Zahal IDF Geographical Historical Atlas, gold paint; 8 1/2 " x 1" x 1"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smulovitz, Torah pointer, tree of life, sterling silver, peridot, jade, tree of life torah pointer jade peridot sterling silver
sterling silver, peridot, jade; 8 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2012
Anika Smulovitz, handmade judaica, handmade torah pointer, handmade yad, tree of life torah pointer, tree of life yad, sterling silver torah pointer,
sterling silver; 7 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
photographed by Jim Wildeman
2001
Anika Smulovitz, Tree of Life torah pointer yad Judaica silver silversmithing
sterling silver, serpentine
7 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
2002
Anika Smulovitz, key to the tree of life knowledge judaica silversmithing metalsmithing silver torah pointer yad
sterling silver, peridot, iolite
6" x 1" x 1"; 6 3/4" x 1 1/8" x 1 5/8" photographed by Jim Wildeman
2001
Anika Smulovitz, sterling silver kiddish cup Judaica antique mother-of-pearl buttons matriarch sewing needles
sterling silver, sewing needles, antique mother-of-pearl buttons
4 ½” x 4 ½” x 8”; photographed by Doug Yaple
2014
Anika Smulovitz, sterling silver Kiddush cup
sterling silver; 4" x 3 1/2" x 9 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smuloviz, Judaica, Kiddush cup, jewish ritual object, handmade, sterling silver, bronze
sterling silver, bronze
3 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
2017
Anika Smulovitz, sterling silver kiddish cup Fred Fenster Judaica inspired handmade
sterling silver; 3 3/4" x 3" x 3"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smulovitz, Papaver orientale shabbat candlesticks sabbath silver judaica silversmithing metalsmithing
sterling silver; 3 7/8" x 3 3/4" x 1 3/4"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2005
Anika Smulovitz, handmade judaica, handmade candlesticks, hand made candlesticks, candlesticks, sterling silver candlesticks, shabbat candlesticks
sterling silver and copper; 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" x 2 3/8", 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" x 2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2010
Anika Smulovitz, Myrtle Hadas, sterling silver flower and pods
sterling silver; 24" x 11 1/2" x 6 1/2"
photographed by Richard Gerke
1997
Anika Smulovitz, Light in the Darkness Hanukah Menorah
hand-carved walnut, cast glass, sterling silver; 10" x 6" x 1 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2009
Anika Smulovitz, Cloud UFO Hanukah Menorah judaica silversmithing metalsmithing
sterling silver, vellum, acrylic
20 1/2" x 12" x 9 1/2"
2005
Anika Smulovitz, mezuzah amulet found objects luck dice coins marble lucky charms judaica sterling silver
sterling silver, fine silver, lucky objects found in my Dad's office; 6 1/2" x 3" x 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smulovitz, mezuzah Judaica sterling silver tagua nut hand-fabricated hand-carved Jewish fish water
sterling silver, "found" fish pins, glass lens
7 1/2" x 3" x 1"
2014
Anika Smulovitz, Judaica mezuzah Tikkun Olam sterling silver 24k gold scroll hebrew shin
sterling silver, 24k gold; 3 1/4" x 5/8" x 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2014
Anika Smulovitz, sterling silver copper bronze mezuzah amulet leaf Judaica hand-made
sterling silver, copper, bronze; 7 1/2" x 4" x 1/2"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2013
Anika Smulovitz, handmade mezuzah, sterling silver mezuzah, mezuzah, handmade judaica, silver mezuzah, key mezuzah
sterling silver, gemstone (peridot, garnet, amethyst, white topaz, citrine); size varies, approx. 4" x 1 1/4" x 1/4"
photographed by Doug Yaple
2010
Anika Smulovitz, Judaica, judaica, sterling silver, mezuzah, key
sterling silver, citrine
4" x 1 1/4" x 1/4"
2009
Anika Smulovitz, tower mezuzah smulovitz judaica silversmithing metalsmithing
sterling silver, bronze, scroll
dimensions variable; tallest 4 3/8" x 1" x 1"
2002
Anika Smulovitz Judaica sterling silver mezuzah tower
sterling silver, parchment scroll, wood, paint 7" x 3 1/2" x 2"
photographed by Jim Wildeman
1999
Anika Smulovitz, bat mitzvah house pendant judaica gold jewelry silversmithing goldsmithing metalwork
18k gold, sterling silver, jelly opal
3" x 1 1/2" x 3/8"
2003
Anika Smulovitz, judaica, amulet, mixed metals, "shadow of death", necklace, protection, death, memorial
sterling silver, bronze, copper, brass
3" x 2 1/2" x 1/4"
1996

Jewish ritual objects hold the essence of Jewish life and culture. Creating contemporary Judaica allows me to examine contemporary issues through the Jewish tradition. It is not a religious interest that draws me towards making Judaica, but a cultural interest and an interest as a silversmith in creating work that has a ritual function. Through making Judaica I bring together my interest in academic research of religion and my interest in creating functional ritual objects. I am drawn to functional objects because of their interactive qualities. The people who use these objects, understand them both visually and tactilely, and relate to them on a personal level. I enjoy searching for the psychological "why" of religious practices. Some of the ritual objects I create are based on this research, while other pieces draw from the wealth of visual cultural history present in the tradition of Judaica.

The Octogenarian Torah pointer, the Compass Torah pointer, and the Light in the Darkness menorah are part of the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum in New York, NY.