Custom Ketubah – Nathan and Corrine Florence, Italy

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Design and symbolism: This unique Ketubah was designed for a couple who were married at the grooms hometown of Florence, Italy, in the synagogue he grew up in. The couple chose small significant elements to decorate the Ketubah, connecting them to their roots and heritage.

 

  • Trees: Trees are a recurring theme in traditional Ketubot, representing the tree of life as well as a connection to roots, growth and the life cycle. The couple  requested intertwining trunks, representing the bride and groom. The green grass and blue skies add to this feeling of growth and prosperity.

 

  • Pink and white flowers: The small flowers on the top right of the Ketubah are decorative, adding a splash of subtle color to the tree branches and alluding to growth, springtime and blossoming. Small similar- colored flowers continue decorating the branch to the right of the text.
  • Gigli – the Lilies of Florence :  On the two bottom sides of the text there are two small purple flowers – these are lilies, or Gigli in Italian, the emblem of the city of Florence,  the groom's home town and the city in which the wedding took place.

 

Quotes, text and words: On the top of the Ketubah, words from the seventh blessing of the Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings said under the Chuppah. These words are from the seventh and last blessing:

״עוד יִשָּׁמַע בְּעָרֵי יְהוּדָה וּבְחוּצוֹת יְרוּשָׁלַיִם״

and translated into English they mean:

 "Let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem"

The process:

  • The text: This Ketubah has a unique traditional text that is not Ashkenazi nor Sephardi but rather the traditional Italian version of the Ketubah text.

 

  • Materials and techniques: The final Ketubah was created on parchment, using black Chinese black ink for the text, which was hand written in calligraphy, in a Sephardi font. The illustration was created using colors such as tempera, gouache and colorful ink.

 

  • Reaching its final destination: Finally, the finished Ketubah was carefully transported from Jerusalem, Israel, in which is was created, to Florence, Italy, in which the wedding took place. The couple then took the Ketubah back to their home in London, England.

Details from Corrine and Nathan's Ketubah

In their words:

"It has been really amazing to have our Ketubah done by Nehama. Although we were far apart, we were shown all different styles and types of drawings, and were advised and directed to our very favourite designs. The text was also beautifully hand-written, and following the specific requirements of the Florence community, Nehama produced a gorgeous work of art. Thank you"

 

Nathan & Corrine

Florence, Italy

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