Book Stands Shtenders
Judaism is known for having numerous esoteric items that are used in various rituals. One of these items that is actually quite useful and is not limited to a religious ceremony is the book stand, also known in Yiddish as a “Shtender”.
Bookstands and Shtenders take a few different forms, including a simple book rest that is placed on a desk and a full-size lectern that may be covered with a heavily decorated felt cover. Looking for a Bar Mitzvah or Hanukkah gift? Consider a gift an olive wood bookstand that is painted with scenes of Jerusalem and the name of the young man entering adulthood. If you would like to give a more ornate stand, consider a stand made from Mahogany, Pine or Oak that is overlaid with strips of 925 sterling silver and engraved with names or verses relating to the study of Torah.
World of Judaica also has an extensive collection of full-size Shtenders. These podiums may be made completely from wood or be made from metal with a wooden book rest. These bookstands are perfect gifts for a wedding or housewarming gift as they will be used consistently and will have a prominent place in the new home.
If you would like to decorate a Shtender or bookstand, consider a velvet cover that is decorated with names, floral patterns or other traditional Judaica themes that are embroidered into the cloth such as Jerusalem or scenes from the bible. These decorations are a great idea if you wish to memorialize a loved one or special occasion.