Welcome to Chai & Home! I’m Dena and Chai & Home is my style blog about elegant, modern Jewish living. Through Chai & Home I aim to inspire your observance by bringing you the best in accessories and Judaica available today. New ideas mixed with centuries old traditions will enliven your practice and stimulate yourself, your family, and friends.
I was motivated to create Chai & Home in 2011 because I saw Judaism under-represented in mainstream publications devoted to lifestyle, home, and entertaining. For a tradition that is steeped in beautiful ritual, iconography, and meaning, this just wasn’t good enough. Although I love many of the main street retailers, there was always something really depressing about the total dominance of Christian themes and holidays.
And then there is this: I am a home decor addict. Not a day goes by when I am not perusing some catalog or web site. But my sources fall into two distinct camps: home decor sources which have luscious pictures in styled photo shoots and then Judaica sources, which are usually devoid of any inspirational treatment and are dominated by less than attractive merchandise. I thought it would be wonderful to marry the two and create a fabulous source for fresh ideas on Jewish celebrations and living. Essentially, I aim to create the type of source I wish I had everyday.
I hope to show you some fantastic ideas but it is important to remember, it is not about the “stuff”. The “stuff” is merely a gateway to a more joyful observance and home. I really mean that. It doesn’t matter if you use candleholders I feature for shabbat or your own. Practice is perfected in the heart, not with the napkin rings.
If you want to create new traditions or add something new to your established practice, I hope you find something in Chai & Home. Keep in touch and let me know how I am doing!
Positive comments are most appreciated on the blog posts in the Comments section. If you would like to send me a private note or have an advertising, press, or product review inquiry, use the Contact Chai & Home form or you can email me at dena (at) chaiandhome.com.
Advertising opportunities range from display ads to post sponsorship and everything in between! If you’re interested in advertising please email me and I’ll send along a media kit filled with background information, rates, demographics, and some helpful stats. I only consider writing about products that I love, would use myself, and are consistent with the Chai & Home aesthetic. Please email me at dena (at) chaiandhome.com regarding your product or business and to discuss openings in the editorial calendar.
I welcome guest posts by other bloggers and writers. If you have a great recipe, craft project or home decor project you think would be of interest to a Jewish audience, let me know. Just email me at dena (at) chaiandhome.com and include a brief bio and a summary of the original post you’d like me to consider, with some sample photography. I prefer not to accept previously published work (this includes your personal blog), but might consider it for the right piece. If you are sending the post to multiple publications, please notify me immediately if it’s been accepted elsewhere. The best way to get a sense of what I’d be interested in is to read Chai & Home!