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Three “Hatikva” Challah Covers have just come off my loom here at the Woven Judaica division of Ephods and Pomegranates.  They are about 16″ x 20″, handwoven from 100% cotton.

The price is $45.00 each,  in our Etsy Shop:



“Hatikva” which means “The Hope,” was the song of the early Zionist movement, and is now the national anthem of Israel.  The design of the Challah Cover is “woven music” – the bands represent the first 8 measures of “Hatikva.”  The different colors are different notes, and the width of the bands is the length of the note.  This is an artistic rendition, so there are no lines separating notes or measures but you can see how it works here:

Hatikva Challah Cover

The words that go along with it are:

As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart . . .

Kol ode balevav P’nimah – Nefesh Yehudi homiyah . . .




Colors of Eretz Israel


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“Machanooga” is the Jewish Sunday School School in Chattanooga, presently located at my Temple, Mizah Congregation.  This January/February Glyn and I have been teaching 6 of the students to weave, on rigid heddle looms.  The Project, “Colors of Eretz Israel,” has a square woven by each student, representing Israel wildflowers.

Eretz Colors

The squares woven by the students (4th and 5th grade) are, clockwise from top left:  Anemone, Bryony, Cornflower, Cyclamen, Aloe, and Mandrake.  They were woven on Kromnski Harp rigid heddle looms.  The center panel is a field of Galilee wildflowers, woven by Glyn om here Schacht 8-shaft loom.  The blue strip is the River Jordan, woven by Will on his Schacht 4-shaft loom.  Next Sunday the kids will help put on the finishing touches, and present the tapestry as a gift to Machanooga!  You can see more pictures on our Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/Ephods-Pomegranates-134191704087456/



Woven Tapestry Wall Hanging


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I just finished this one-of-a-kind woven tapestry wall hanging, depicting the Jewish Holidays of Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Shabbat, Sukkot, and Chanukkah.  It’s 29″ x 9′, woven from mercerized cotton in an overshot pattern.  It’s going as a gift to my Temple, Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga.


Right to Left:

Purim – purple for Queen Esther
Passover – red for Lamb’s Blood
Rosh Hashanah – gold for Honey
Yom Kippur – white for Forgiveness
Shabbat – blue for Peace
Sukkot – green for Harvest
Chanukkah – orange for Candle Flames

Color Combos: Weaving for Worship and Weaving for Prayer and Spirituality Liturgical Arts Conference 2018

Here are the color combinations available for your projects.  Any of them can be used for stoles, altar cloths and/or prayer stoles.  Please choose your preference for your project/s by color combo number.

Color Combo #1

Color Combo 1 (persian green 3/2, gold beige 3/2, green ribbon 113)

Color Combo #2

Color Combo 2 (black 3/2, stone 3/2, beige gold 3/2, gold/white ribbon 66)

Coloro Combo #3

Color Combo 3 (california gold 3/2, medium brown 3/2, white 3/2, gold ribbon 123)


Color Combo #4

Color Combo 4 (red 3/2, beige gold 3/2, sari ribbon red)

Color Combo #5

Color Combo 5 (deep purple 3/2, persian green 3/2, lavender 3/2, purple ribbon #107)

Color Combo #6

Color Combo 6 (soldier blue 3/2, lavender 3/2, blue ribbon #72)

Color Combo #7

Color Combo 7 (dark teal chenille, rainbow wool 118)

Color Combo #8

Color Combo 8 (safari 3/2, eggplant chenille, rainbow wool 116)

Color Combo #9

Color Combo 9 (deep purple 3/2, stone 3/2, rainbow wool 119)

Color Combo #10

Color Combo 10 (eggplant chenille, lavender 3/2, rainbow wool 122)

Color Combo #11

Color Combo 11 (safari 3/2, dark sirra 3/2, rainbow wool 108)

Color Cmbo #12

Color Combo 12 (deep turquoise 3/2, soldier blue 3/2, rainbow wool 113)

Color Combo #13

Color Combo 13 (lavender 3/2, dusty coral 3/2, tangerine 3/2, rainbow wool 117)

Color Combo #14

Color Combo 14 (lavender 3/2, wine 3/2 eggplant chenille, rainbow wool 115)


Tallit in Contemporary Slim Line


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Slim Tallit FullThe Woven Judaica Line of Ephods and Pomegranates is excited to introduce a new “slim-line” contemporary Tallit woven by Will Melnyk. This prayer scarf measures about 7.5″ x 72″ plus fringes, but can be ordered in smaller custom sizes as well, and is available in many colors. The fabric is 100% mercerized cotton, with available gold or silver metallic yarn available.

We understand that this design will not be chosen by everyone, but it offers a contemporary look especially for Reform or Conservative use.  It is also ideal for travel, and for personal at-home use.

The tallit has been made and worn in many sizes, styles, and designs over the centuries.  Indeed, Torah does not specify the size or shape of the prayer shawl.  What is specified is that there be fringes, called tzitzit, tied to the four corners of the garment:

15:37 And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:

15:38 ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes (tzitzit) in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.

15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray;

15:40 that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.

Numbers 15

It is the tzitzit we are to wrap ourselves in – whatever the size of the four-cornered garment we wrap around us.

The blessing we say when donning the tallit is:

Tzitzit Blessing

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu B’mitz-vo-tav V’tzi-va-nu L’hit-a-teif Be-Tzi-tzit.

Blessed are you, Adona our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and instructed us to wrap ourselves in tzitzit (fringes).

Our line of scarf style tallits is available in a range of colors, and stripes can be designed to your wishes.  They include hand-tied tzitzit, and have the option of a machine woven atarah (the “crown” or neckband with the tzitzit blessing.)


White or a darker natural shade is recommended for the background, many colors, Slim Tallit Closeincluding metallic, are available for the stripes.

We usually use a zigzag twill pattern, which gives a nice drape, and accents the colors.

This item is special order only, and typically can be made in 3 -5 days.  Shipping from our Etsy Shop is free within the United States, from Monteagle, Tennessee.  The price is $125.00.

In our Etsy Shop now.

If you have questions about this custom order, write to Will at w.william.melnyk@gmail.com

“Mizpah” Tallit


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I have just finished two copies of my “Mizpah” Tallit, inspired by the Mizpah Covenant between Jacob and Laban in  Genesis 31:49, popularized as a romantic pledge between two people – “The LORD watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another.”

The colors represent the map of the hill country of Gilead and the Jabbok River valley where the Mizpah Covenant was made.

This lush tallit as 108″ long plus fringes, and 21″ wide.  It is made from 100% cotton (exclusive of the atarah), and includes the atarah and hand-tied tzit-zit.

There are currently two  available, and they would make a fine Bride and Groom wedding pair.

Price: $250.00

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