Charity "Wins" With Judaica Jewelry, Sports Too
Samson Jewelry for Israel Exclusive Designs with Tzedakah Charity in Mind
By: Sherri Klein
A portion of each sale is directed by the customer to their favorite Jewish or Israeli 501c non-profit organization on the website. People can customize from 14 collections of pendants, anklets, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and tallis clips, available in 14k yellow, white or rose gold, and some in .925 sterling silver. Options include diamonds and sapphires. A unique feature on several pieces is a customizable nameplate, which makes the jewelry an especially personal and meaningful gift. Some people choose to engrave a word like "Love" in place of a name.
Samson thought of this special mission for Judaica Jewelry line during the pandemic, and his first design was something he searched far and wide for and it didn't seem to exist. It merged the Jewish star with the Shema prayer and a Chai. A friend asked for a necklace, and his first thought was that necklaces were 'a dime a dozen.'
So he started thinking what he could make that would be unique, and developed a necklace chain of linked Stars of David, followed by bracelets, anklets and earrings. And new designs kept coming….including uniquely creative mezuzah and Chai-18-Life designs.
"I wanted something with "Ruach", (spirit) – with meaning and purpose to make friends and family proud, create a legacy, and honor my ancestors."
His memories of his grandfather's stories about fleeing persecution in Russia, then Cuba and finally coming to America, made him think about how fortunate we are to have Israel, the blessing of a Jewish homeland, so Jews always have somewhere to go. Samson has a two-minute video on SamsonJewelryForIsrael.com explaining his family's difficult voyage to America.
One non-profit organization already receiving a donation from a sale is North Miami Beach's Chabad Chayil. The synagogue's Rabbi Moishe Kievman, who is telling members about the jewelry in their newsletter and in an email, said "It's a win-win situation. Samson is doing something good; it's a nice thing, why not?" Chabad Chayil is now fundraising to relocate from a three-bedroom house into their own building.
Rabbi Loring Frank of All Peoples Synagogue in South Florida, also finds the Samson Jewelry unique and purposeful. "I loved it so much, I bought a stunning Jewish Star chain link for myself to wear my Dad's Jewish star on. I love them both and get compliments all the time."
Samson's enthusiasm is contagious, and his work speaks for itself. On a vacation in the Hamptons he showed photos to a group on the beach, and Judy, a resident of New York's Upper East Side, thought his work was very original and nice. "I asked him to make a custom bracelet for one of my daughters who works out and plays tennis, so the bracelet is made with links of weights (dumbbells) and within the Jewish Star is a tennis racquet, and personalized with her name. It's not for a particular occasion but it will be a surprise." She loves that the purchase includes a donation and is having hers sent to UJA Federation or Hadassah.
No doubt Samsons Jewelry For Israel makes great gifts and Chanukah starts Sunday, November 28. Year 'round the acquisition of fine original Judaica jewelry is destined to be an heirloom and benefits favorite non-profits too.