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Cover for Prayerful Creations

Prayerful Creations

Creating an heirloom tallit or challah cover using Swedish Weaving

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray


List Price: 24.00*
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I've been making Jewish Huck /Swedish Weaving prayer shawls for over 25 years. It began as an idea to make one for each of my four sons, and developed into a life long hobby. I am grateful to Ellen Temkin for creating this needlework technique for a prayer shawl and love using her Jewish designs in every tallit I stitch. Making these has enriched my life and I hope to share this love with the readers of my book. It has detailed descriptions on the technique and shows the Jewish patterns that Ellen created. Dozens of women and a few men have enjoyed creating prayer shawls for their families- I hope that this book encourages many more to continue the tradition- hiddur mitzvah- enhancing our ritual objects with creativity and love.

BookBaby, 9780578496306, 88pp.

Publication Date: September 20, 2019

About the Author

Cantor Deborah Katchko is a fourth generation cantor and the second to serve a conservative pulpit. She is the founder of the Women Cantors' Network and a member of the Cantors Assembly, American Conference of Cantors as well as the Pomegranate Guild for Judaic Needlework and the American Guild of Judaic Art. She has served Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties since l999. Her ten recordings include Passover Seder Songs, Hanukkah Songs of Light and Hope, Kindersongs, Jewish Soul, and A Musical Reunion. Her first cantorial songbook with female friendly keys and guitar chords was published by Tara Publications and is used by cantorial students; Katchko- Three Generations of Cantorial Art. It includes rare recordings of her father and grandfather with harmonies added in the studio ala Natalie Cole. Deborah's archives are included in the American Jewish Archives as well as part of the permanent collection displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Her papers, writings and memorabilia of her teacher and mentor Elie Wiesel of blessed memory are included in the Boston University Mugar Library Elie Wiesel Archive. Deborah's passion for needlework, meaningful fabric, ritual objects and music all connect to her love of Jewish history, family and culture. She is an amateur cellist with a local symphony and string quartet as well as a teacher of local cantorial and stitching students.She is the proud mother of four sons, two step sons, three daughter in laws; a growing family that joyously increases with weddings and grandchildren. She is married to Dr. F. Scott Gray of CT Family Orthopedics. For links to her recordings, TV and radio programs, essays and published works please find it on her website