Frequently Asked Questions

Please don't hesitate to contact me at harriet@gorenjudaica.com if you don't see the answer to your question below. 

If you're in New York City and would like to see a tallit or print in person before purchasing it, please contact me at harriet@gorenjudaica.com.

TALLIT (PRAYER SHAWL) & CHALLAH COVER DESIGNS
1. Handmade products disclaimer
2. How are these tallitot and challah covers made?
3. What size are they?
4. Can they be dry-cleaned?
5. What are the tallit bags like?
6. How long will it take to receive my tallit & bag or challah cover?
 
7. How can I customize a tallit design?

ART PRINTS
8. What are giclée prints?
9. How are these print designs made? 
10. Can I purchase an original?
11. MAT-ONLY OPTION: What does the mat look like?
12. FRAMED OPTION: What do the frames look like?
13. Can I order a print that isn't in a mat or frame?
14. How are prints shipped?
15. How long will it take to receive my print?
16. Can I commission a print design?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

17. Can I purchase a print or tallit for resale in my gift or Judaica shop?
18. How long will it take to receive a T-shirt or onesie?
19. Do you design ketubahs?
20. CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE U.S.: VAT (Value Added Tax)

21. A note about the name of God on these designs.

 

TALLIT (PRAYER SHAWL) & CHALLAH COVER DESIGNS
1. Handmade products disclaimer
I aim to include images, descriptions, and measurements on this website that accurately portray the tallit you will receive. Since each tallit and challah cover is assembled and sewn by hand, and not factory manufactured, please keep in mind: 

• Although I strive to be thorough and meticulous, handmade items, by nature, have imperfections. Such variations are inherent in their creation, and will be minor. 
• I make the best possible attempt to insure that the colors on my monitor closely match the actual physical item, but every monitor and viewing device may display colors with slight variations.


2. How are these tallitot and challah covers made?
Each design begins as a sketch that’s refined over multiple iterations. It's combined with color in the form of digital "paint" in a program called ArtRage, and migrates between ArtRage and Photoshop until it reaches completion. The digital file is then sent to a fabric printer and output on medium-weight cotton with reactive dyes. This fabric is then sewn into challah cover or tallit, with the addition, on the tallit, of satin trim for the four corners and atarah (neckpiece) and tzitzit (fringes) tied in the Askhkenazi style. 

Note: Since the designs are not woven into the fabric, color will appear on the visible side of the tallit only. The reverse sides are white, and slightly translucent to allow a hint of the design to show through.
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3. What size are they?
Tallitot are 72" long x 24" wide, and designed to be worn shawl-style. They're a comfortable size for men and women alike.

Challah covers are 18" x 18" square.
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4. Can they be dry-cleaned?
Yes. Color is permanent and will not fade with dry cleaning. DO NOT clean your tallit or challah cover in a washing machine or by hand with soap and water.
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5. What are the tallit bags like?
Each tallit comes with a matching, zippered 12" x 9" bag in a sturdy fabric. You can see the design on the last photo on the page for each tallit. Unlike many tallit bags that quickly look worn or fall apart, these bags are machine washable in cold water and will continue to look great after steady use. (NOTE: The bags ONLY are machine washable. Your tallit is not, and should be dry-cleaned only.)
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6. How long will it take to receive my tallit & bag or challah cover?
Please allow 3 weeks from the time you place your order (4 weeks if your order is placed right before or during a major Jewish holiday) to receive your tallit and bag vis UPS or USPS. Each tallit and challah cover is made "on demand"—fabric is ordered and sewn once the order is received.
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7. How can I customize a tallit design?
For an additional charge of $50, each tallit may be customized with one line of up to six words, in Hebrew or English, along the back below the atarah (fabric around the neck). See below for two examples. If you’d like to customize a tallit in this way, please contact Goren Judaica after purchasing your tallit to confirm the wording and process this additional charge.

      

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ART PRINTS
8. What are gicleé prints?  
Gicleés are a kind of high-quality inkjet print using fade-resistant, pigment-based inks that resist weathering and degradation over time. Gicleés can be output on many different surfaces; Goren Judaica prints are on heavy, bright white watercolor paper. Colors are incredibly vivid and will remain that way for years. 
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9. How are these print designs made?

Each design begins as a sketch that’s refined over multiple iterations. It's combined with color in the form of digital "paint" in a program called ArtRage, and migrates between ArtRage and Photoshop until it reaches completion. The digital file is then sent to the printer and output on heavy watercolor paper as a gicleé (see above).
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10. Can I purchase an original?

These prints are "digital originals," not copies. The digital print IS the original. Each print is signed, dated, and numbered as part of an open edition, meaning that there is no limit to the number of prints that can made from each design. (Also please note that the concept of a "limited-edition digital print" is difficult to authenticate, and you should proceed with caution if encountering artwork so advertised. The plate of a non-digital print can be destroyed, guaranteeing that no further prints can be made and all existing prints are part of a limited edition. It is much harder to authenticate the destruction of a digital file, however.)
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11. MAT-ONLY OPTION: What does the mat look like?
Your print will be shipped in a single, white mat sized for a standard-size frame. 
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12. FRAMED OPTION: What do the frames look like?
For U.S. orders only, Goren Judaica offers 3 frame styles through our terrific partners at SimplyFramed:
White FrameNatural FrameAntique Gold Frame
Frame details: 
• Wooden frame moldings in each finish
• UV-shielding plexiglass, which protects against about 89% of UV rays and 92% of light transmission
• Custom cut acid-free 4-ply white mats with beveled edges
• Archival acid-free foam core backing
• Protective paperback finish
• Wall bumpers 
• Hanging hardware + nails 
• Hanging and care instructions 
• Each frame arrives gift-wrapped in kraft paper
On the page for each print, there's a small image of what that design looks like in each frame style.
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13. Can I order a print that isn't in a mat or frame?
Because these prints should not directly touch the glass of a frame, they are only offered matted or framed.
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14. How are prints shipped?
Prints in mats only are shipped via UPS or USPS. Framed prints will come to you directly from SimplyFramed via their carriers. Shipping charges are added to each order at checkout. 
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15. How long will it take to receive my print?
Prints: MATTED ONLY (no frame): Please allow 2-3 weeks from the time you order to receive the print. FRAMED PRINTS: For U.S. orders only. Please allow 3-4 weeks from the time you order to receive the print. Please contact us if you need rush delivery sooner than 2 weeks for matted prints, or 3 weeks for framed prints. 
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16. Can I commission a print design?
Yes! Please contact Goren Judaica for details and pricing.
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
17. Can I purchase a print or tallit for resale in my gift or Judaica shop?
Yes! Please contact Goren Judaica for more information.
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18. How long will it take to receive a T-shirt or onesie?

T-shirts and onesies will come to you directly from their manufacturers. Please allow 2-3 weeks from the time you order to receive your purchase.
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19. Do you design ketubahs?

Yes! Please see the Ketubahs & Commissions page for more information.
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20. CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE U.S.: VAT (Value Added Tax)
VAT, or Value Added Tax, is a consumption tax paid on goods from overseas that are shipped to customers in the European Union and some other international locations. If you are located in a country that charges VAT (here's a list), please note that Goren Judaica does not add applicable VAT charges. You will be responsible for paying that tax when you receive the package. 
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21. A note about the name of God on these designs.
Some of the texts on these prints and tallitot contain the name of God in Hebrew (abbreviated as hey-yud or yud-yud). If you need to discard a print or tallit, which we sincerely hope will never be the case, please consider taking it to a geniza. A geniza, which you can find by contacting any synagogue, is a depository for documents or ritual objects that contain the name of God where the objects are buried with the respect accorded to those texts.
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