WELCOME TO JEWJU BOX!
What is a JewJu Box?
A JewJu Box is a gift box created especially for those who are setting up a new Jewish home. We chose the contents to make it easy to establish a Jewish home, and life, wherever the owner may be, and wherever they may go. We like to think of each one as Jewish home in a box. We offer guides to Jewish for those in a new community, or off to University,
We make it easy to give the gift of a Jewish home.
WHY GIVE A JEWJU BOX?
JewJu Boxes are reasonably-priced. We’ve worked hard to make sure that it’s affordable to give the gift of a Jewish home. It’s expensive enough sending a child off to University, without having to spend hundreds more on the things that they need to live their Jewish identity away from home.
They’re simple, modern, and sophisticated enough that we would be proud to have them in our own homes. No fringes. No ornate or old-fashioned images. They’re also compact enough to be tucked away if the owner prefers.
They suit people in different places in their identity and practice. We are strongly liberal and egalitarian, and our products reflect that. The prayers we include are short, with transliteration and translation, and gender-neutral language. Where it makes sense, our materials come with Reform and Conservative options.
There’s a certain comfort in just having Jewish things around. We can’t guarantee you that someone will use the candles and Kiddush cup, or hang the Mezuzah, or use the Tzedakah box as intended. But we do know that without them, they won’t be able to.
Our boxes can be used anywhere. Our Shabbat candles take tea lights, because regular Shabbat candles can be hard to find if you’re not near a Jewish community. Our Chanukiah takes birthday candles for much the same reason. We use LED tea lights and removable strips for the Mezuzah, so they can be used where flames and nails are not allowed. We’re still searching for an attractive, compact and reasonably priced electric Menorah to include in our ChanuBox, and we’ll let you know when we do.
We include personal and unique touches. Our home boxes have an exclusive recipe for toaster oven Challah. We include an attractive holiday calendar and magnet, perfect for the fridge. We research and update Jewish life on and off campus for the Guides to Jewish Life at Canadian Universities, which are also available online.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I finally got my JewJu Box and I am speechless! Ellen and Judy were fantastic, worked it all out with me despite the difficulty in preparing and sending a box to Europe, for someone moving to a place without a Jewish community!
Their work is a true Mitzvah, and the fruit of it is that I will be able to live a Jewish life even if I'm alone in the middle of the sea!
My university son got his box today and it even prompted him to call home. A real phone call. Not just a text.
Great idea. Fast delivery
LF. Ottawa, ON
It's strange how moving away from a community makes you embrace your identity even more. This box helped me feel much more at home in a new city
When people come over, I tell them a bit about how I grew up, and just being able to talk about has been a really positive experience.
RB, Vancouver, BC
I received my Chanukah package in the mail today and words cannot describe how happy it made me.
Opening the box and sorting through
all the fun surprises inside absolutely made my day during a stressful exam season. I just wanted to thank you for sending a little piece of home all the way to Kingston.
AN, Kingston, ON
I got home today from Brantford for my Winter Break. I see the gift you sent me and I love it! Thank you so much, it is so kind and thoughtful and very unexpected.
BW, Brantford, ON
My son received this for his bar mitzvah from a friend We haven’t had a Shabbat at home without it since.
It is becoming part of our family’s tradition.
An amazing idea that has translated perfectly to our Shabbat table.
ZS, Thornhill, ON
I love my JewJu box. It was given to me as a gift as I set off to university. It has everything I could need to help me celebrate the holidays and festivals away from home.
It has also been a wonderful
conversation starter with my non Jewish roommates. They now participate in
some of the rituals with me.
AP, Waterloo, ON
I just received a call from my son to say he got "the coolest" delivery today from our Temple and it made his day.
JS. Thunder Bay, ON