Which of These Jewish Calendars Is Your Favorite?

While everyone’s attention is turned towards Purim (and Passover soon to follow) I’m actually already planning for the autumn and the new year! I’m in my very early stages of designing calendars for 5778.

This year, I’m going to be producing a perpetual weekly calendar/planner as well as a monthly wall calendar. The size and shape of last year’s wall calendar really worked out (11×17″) so I’m going to continue with that size again although I’ve decided not to bind them with the standard spiral binding/calendar hook. That binding not only added significantly to the cost but it also makes the calendar a lot more difficult to recycle, so instead I’ll be offering insanely stylish clips that hold and hang the calendar. I can’t wait to show you those later in the year. But, even with all that decided, I’m having a hard time deciding which wall calendar to produce. Here are my three leading options:



Jewish Calendars Prototype | Chai & Home


This calendar would feature thought-provoking and inspirational quotes and proverbs from the Tanach as well as notable Jewish thinkers in history. The design is simple but features gorgeous typography over on-trend colors and backgrounds that would look great in any stylish interior.




Recipe Calendar Prototype | Chai & Home


Illustrated recipes are so hot right now and this calendar would feature Jewish recipes in that fashion. Each month would have a different recipe illustrated with some commentary on the process as well as pictures of all the ingredients. Of all the calendars, this one is perhaps the most challenging for me. Illustrating the food is a challenge as well as acquiring the recipes. Perhaps this would be a good collaborative piece with a kosher food blogger.




Jewish Calendars Prototype | Chai & Home


There are so many beautiful synagogues around the world and this calendar would showcase one each month. There would be a brief description of the temple including where and when it was built.

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Ideally, I would only produce one of these…but which one? I’d love to hear from you before I decide myself. Which calendar would you buy, either for yourself or someone else? Even if you aren’t really going to buy one, I want to hear which one is your favorite. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or you can drop me a private note if you are bashful.



  • All are great but – in order . . .

    1) Recipes
    2) Sanctuaries
    3) Quotes

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  • I like the one with inspirational quotes.
    I already had a calendar which featured beautiful synagogues. I have a nice Jewish cookbook collection do I don’t need more recipes. Good luck!

  • I like them in this order.

    Hoping you’ll offer the brown paper calendars, too. I love using the one I ordered and the menu planner on the same paper.

  • Dena–
    You are incredibly talented and creative! I love them all– if it were just for me –and you know me — i would get the quotes– if i were to buy a gift for a friend i would probably get the recipes depending on the person!!

  • Love these ideas! Favorites in order:
    2. Recipes
    3. Synagogues
    Can’t wait to see what you pick!

  • Quotes, recipes, synagogues, in that order. A lot of the best Jewish communities in the world don’t have a specific space where they pray, and while a building could be beautiful, what counts is on the inside. :)

  • I don’t know if you are still working on these but my Jewish calendar always hangs in the nerve center of my home … the kitchen! Like Sean posted above, I’d go recipes, synagogues, quotes. I feel like quotes are just so tricky … what is meaningful to one person is a complete turn off to another. I miss the calendar planner pad you used to have.

    • Thanks, Bev. Yes, this feedback is still helpful! I’m still thinking about how to replace that planner.

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