Username Post: Why Do You Think More Jewish People Don't Scrapbook?        (Topic#1667561)
joshuaminh426
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Being Jewish, I often wonder this. Why do so few Jewish people scrapbook? It's very difficult to find products geared towards Jewish scrappers. When I ask store owners why, they always say it just doesn't sell because there aren't many who create albums documenting their histories and stories. Is there something inherently about scrapbooking that appeals to people of other faiths more than Jews?


 
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Seeing as I am not Jewish it would be difficult to answer that question...


 
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  • don1 on 11-21-17 08:58 AM
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Ask that question at a women's group at your Temple.
I think Jewish people scrap. The stores operate on how long an item remains on the shelf. The inventory tax man is non-denominational. If it doesn't move, tax it, regardless of race, creed, color, or sexual orientation.


 
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This is such a strange question. Maybe there aren't Jewish products but that doesn't mean that an entire religious group doesn't scrapbook. Also, how do you know who's Jewish here and who's not? It's not like we post our religions here or that it should matter. I think maybe you meant, "Why aren't there more Jewish related products?. If not, you might want to delete this post...


 
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  • mrsmiller Said:
This is such a strange question. Maybe there aren't Jewish products but that doesn't mean that an entire religious group doesn't scrapbook. Also, how do you know who's Jewish here and who's not? It's not like we post our religions here or that it should matter. I think maybe you meant, "Why aren't there more Jewish related products?. If not, you might want to delete this post...




Right?! The only reason I didn't get upset about the post is the OP states he's Jewish... otherwise, yeah this post would be totally inappropriate!


 
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The reason I find it strange is it's like saying Italian people are only scrapbooking about Italian things or Catholic people only scrapbook Catholic pages. I do everyday moments which have nothing whatsoever to do with any of that!

Maybe you are just asking about finding those items when you do specific pages from time to time??? I am sure you can find what you are looking for online. I addition, if I dot have something I want, I print it from Google Images and cut it out!

I volunteer and teach a 50+ card making class at the local college and in October's 4 week session, we make both Christmas and Chanuka cards, I have had no trouble finding the elements


 
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I don't think this is a strange question at all. I know many Jewish people and scrapbooking is not something they do. It's the reason why there aren't as many Jewish products available because of that. It truly is not a prevalent thing within the community. I was just curious as to why that is.


 
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I live in Israel and scrapbooking was really not a big thing here for many years. I've noticed it's becoming more popular in the last 5 years or so, but it's still a very 'underground' thing.


 
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There used to be more Jewish products than there are now. I used to design for a company called Crafting Jewish Style and for a forum focused on Jewish scrapbookers. There were definitely a bunch of us on that forum. The forum went away, not because there weren't people, but because it seemed to be a lot of work for the woman who started it, and there was no profit motive as there was no store attached.

Most of the Jewish specific scrapbooking and crafting companies have gone out of business. Makes sense as its a very small market, Jews are very small percentage of the population as are scrapbookers. Multiply the 2 together and add to that the fact that people mostly scrap things that are not related to their religon (school, sports, travel, etc). and it's probably too small of a market for a dedicated company.
The big companies often bring out Hannukah collections (Photoplay has one this year, I think), but Hannukah isn't nearly as big of a holiday as Christmas.

I know lots of Jewish people and lots of Non-Jewish people, and most people don't scrapbook independent of religon. You can tell if someone if Jewish on these boards, perhaps if they make Passover layouts or Rosh haShana cards. There are so many mixed families these days that many Jews do Christmas layouts and non-Jews Hanukkah.

As for buying products, you need to be creative. I have rubber stamps and a stencil of the Hebrew alphabet. There weren't scrapbook specific products, just from a on-line craft store. And when I see a generic looking Jewish paper, I buy 10 of it. Also, many Jewish symbols are not specifically Jewish like a bunch of grapes or a pomegranate. Look for those.


Edited by boysmom on 11-22-17 07:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I belong to a crop group in the Villages - about 40-50 women but only about 30 at our quarterly 4-day crop. Many are snowbirds who go home for the summer and are here for the winter months.

I do know that quite a few of them are Jewish because we talk a lot about what we are doing for holidays.

I really don't notice a lot of Jewish themed papers and things but recently I saw some nice ones somewhere for Hanukah. I am trying to think of where I saw them.


 
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I scrapbook, but the only Jewish supplies I can find are about Hanukkah. I only need so many menorahs! I would love to find metal dies for challah, matzo...


 
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I just did a quick search and saw 1-800-dreidel.com...I also saw a lot of products on etsy searching "jewish scrapbook"
also- http://www.judaicaspecialties.com
also- http://www.ruthsjewishstamps.com/JWI_Embellish.htm -lots of info there...
these all came up on page 1 of a quick google search.....


 
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There are 42 designs in the Silhouette design store. I just typed "Jewish."


 
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You can get a "book" die from China for only $1.79 on ebay with free shipping. It looks like a bible with a Jewish star on the cover. I bought one.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Metal-DIY-Cutting -Dies-Stencil...


 
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  • MarciLB Said:
I just did a quick search and saw 1-800-dreidel.com...I also saw a lot of products on etsy searching "jewish scrapbook"
also- http://www.judaicaspecialties.com
also- http://www.ruthsjewishstamps.com/JWI_Embellish.htm -lots of info there...
these all came up on page 1 of a quick google search.....





Marci,
What is this "Google" you speak of?




 
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doreen!


 
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What irks me the most is equating Chanukah with Christmas. They have absolutely nothing in common. Christmas is a major religious holiday. Chanukah is a relatively minor holiday based on a historic, NOT a biblical event. They both usually fall in December, but it depends on the Hebrew calendar. Last year, Chanukah came out during Thanksgiving. So displaying a menorah at the same time as a Christmas tree really doesn't make good sense.

The major Jewish holidays come in September, and include the new year (Rosh Hashonah), day of attonement (Yom Kippur), harvest festival (Succoth), and others. Those are the ones that need to be celebrated.

Another important holiday is Passover, which is related to Easter.


 
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  • Solitaire Said:
Chanukah is a relatively minor holiday based on a historic, NOT a biblical event.


May I just point out that the birth of Jesus is also historical? He really did exist, even if we don't know exactly what time of year he was born - other than it almost certainly wasn't in December. But I know what you mean.

Christianity is the biggest faith in the world, so there will be more products pertaining to it than to other faiths. I wish the education system covered other faiths so that we had a more rounded grounding of what other people believe. Only as an adult did I learn that the Christian Old Testament is one of the Muslim holy books. But I had to go out of my way to find out what other faiths believe.

I also want to say that the Christmas that many people celebrate these days has little to do with Christ. Without having a new label on it, it's pretty much a homage to commercialism and over-indulgence. The Christmas that I celebrate is more Christ-centred. Yes, I'm sitting there wearing a Christmas jumper, about to leave for a day of crafting over-indulgence followed by the company "Christmas" party which will be completely Christ-less. But I've just taken a week off work to play Mary 9-3 in the church Star Trail production to every school in our town and 3 from surrounding areas. I'll be going to 2 Advent carol services tomorrow and singing in umpteen church services leading up to Christmas. It's like 2 different celebrations, and I use completely different products to scrapbook it.


 
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Very well said Rosie! Thank you.


 
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Yes, the birth of Jesus is both historical and biblical, but I don't believe Chanukah is mentioned even once in the bible.

Jews celebrate the high holy days, which usually fall in September and October. In order to scrapbook those holidays, we need some of the following items as both dies and stamps (in no particular order): torah, matzah, gefilte fish, horseradish, sedar plate, candelabra (Sabbath candles), honey, apples, trees, yamulkahs, prayer shawls, mezuzas, challah, etc, and lots of related sentiments.

PS: The only time Jews traditionally exchange holiday greeting cards is on the Hebrew new year (Rosh Hashonah), not on Chanukah.


 
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One of my best scrapbooking friends is Jewish. She stopped scrapbooking because she has a full time job and three kids! Plus, she had to give up her scrap room for the new baby's room. It has nothing to do with her faith, just with her busy life.

That said, however, she did find it annoying that, where she lives, all of the crops were on Friday nights or Saturday mornings and the independent scrapbook stores were all closed on Sundays. The scrap-booking "culture" is rather more Christian than other crafting communities are, so perhaps Jewish people find it a poor fit, or even a bit unwelcoming at times.



 
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