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:

 

INSPIRATIONAL JEWISH QUOTATIONS

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.

 

JEWISH RECIPES ILLUSTRATED

 

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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.

 

GREAT JEWISH SYNAGOGUES

 

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.

L’Chaim!

 

14 Comments

  • SEAN C AMORE says:

    All are great but – in order . . .

    1) Recipes
    2) Sanctuaries
    3) Quotes

    Let us know if you need a shot of Congregation Emanu-El in Wichita, KS.

  • 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!

  • Sari says:

    Love the illustrated recipes!! Great idea!!

  • Becca says:

    I like them in this order.
    Quotes
    Recipes
    Synagogues

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

  • Debra says:

    Recipes! I love it.

  • Lisa says:

    Quotes, Recipes, Synagogues :)

  • chris says:

    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!!

  • Ashley says:

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

  • Chava says:

    Definitely the inspirational quotes!!

  • E says:

    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. :)

  • Tylah says:

    The one with the illustrated recipes looks really cool. Thanks for asking. Shalom and blessings.

  • Bev says:

    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.

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