The Ketubah
The Jewish Marriage Contract

by

Peggy H. Davis

Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or e-mail ketuba@ganeydn.com

hand lettered, hand painted ketubot
Original Ketubah


Custom-Print (tm) Ketubot
Custom-Print Ketubah


Ketubah made from a photograph
Photo Ketubah

Low-cost Ketubah

Customer Information, Standard Texts and Order Forms

Lettering samples

When you select your ketubah, you are choosing a work of art which is a personal document that becomes a family heirloom as well. It fulfills two mitzvot, that of making the wedding couple rejoice, and of hiddur mitzvah, the beautification of a commandment. While a plain ketubah would suffice, our tradition encourages us to give it beauty.

Peggy H. Davis has been creating unique ketubot since 1980. They range in style from classic to contemporary and include a variety of techniques and materials. Peggy can work with you on a choice that will fit your budget.

Original Custom Ketubah: Created on rag paper or parchment, completely done by hand. Materials may include watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, gold leaf or papercutting in the border designs. The design is developed in conversation with Peggy and you will see sketches of the design to approve before the work begins. The text will be that of your choice.

Custom Ketubah with Printed Text: Your text is printed on rag paper and decorated by hand, with your choice of text.

Custom-Print Ketubah: These are printed ketubot with digitized images of Peggy's original border designs, made with archival paper and ink. Each ketubah is printed separately, with the text of your choice. Some designs offer layout, color and border options as well.

Text: You may provide a text or use one that is provided on this web site. We can typeset any combination of Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Russian or other languages which use those alphabets. The Hebrew fonts used for typeset texts are made from Peggy's hand-lettering and are unique to her ketubot. The English or Russian fonts have been chosen for calligraphic quality and connection to Peggy's hand-lettering styles.

Links: Use the links to the left to see different parts of this page and text resources.

Non-discrimination: We will create a ketubah for any couple that approaches us. Occasionally we make a document for a non-Jewish couple, and we provide assistance in creating a text appropriate to the wedding. This often includes the wedding vows or a text based on a Quaker marriage certificate.

Delivery: You may pick your ketubah up in person, have it shipped in a tube, or shipped flat in a foam core holder/acetate envelope that can be used for display at the wedding.

Rush charge: When ordering a printed ketubah less than 3 weeks before the wedding, check with us to see whether it is possible for us to fulfill your order. A $50 rush charge will apply. For a completely custom ketubah, contact Peggy at least one month before the wedding.

Contact Peggy Davis or Yosl Kurland at 413-624-3204 or e-mail ketuba@ganeydn.com

SECTION ONE

Hand-Painted, Hand-Lettered Original Ketubot

See below for Custom-Print Ketubot

The images in this section are photographs of custom ketubot Peggy has made. Clicking on the image will show a larger image. The ketubot shown in Section One are examples of completely hand-done ketubot Peggy has created over many years.

There are on-line resources as well as books in which you can find reproductions of antique ketubot from many parts of the world. These can provide inspiration for a design. Any ideas you have based on these or other art work, and symbols, themes or designs which are personally meaningful to you can be incorporated into the custom design of your ketubah. What ideas do you have? Call Peggy to explore how you can work together at 413-624-3204.

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Viola Ketubah
Designed for a violinist/violist couple
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Persian Ketubah
A replica of the Persian ketubah
from the customer's parents' wedding,
intended as a family heirloom
Lebanese style ketuba by Peggy H. Davis
Lebanese Ketubah
Design
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Lattice Arch Ketubah
Watercolor ketubah.
Columns traditionally represent the couple's new home
Cherubim Ketubah with papercut border
Cherubim Papercut Ketubah
Papercut circular designs combined with watercolor,
representing aspects of the couple's life.
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Circular Ketubah

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Ahava Ketubah
Two-layer ketubah combining watercolor and papercutting.

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Double Ring Ketubah

Ketubah in Yemenite style with Mayim Rabim quote in border
Mayim Rabim Ketubah
Nafshi Ketubah
Nafshi Ketubah
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Sample of Chuppah Art
Centerpiece of patchwork chuppah
Garden of Eden Ketubah
Garden of Eden Ketubah
Mizracha Ketubah with papercut Jerusalem image
Mizrakha Ketubah
with Jerusalem image
Oval Jerusalem ketubah with papercut border
Oval Jerusalem Papercut Ketubah

Lion Ketubah

Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or email ketuba@ganeydn.com


SECTION TWO

The Custom-Print Ketubah

A Printed Ketubah Made Just for You

What is distinctive about a Peggy H. Davis Custom-Print Ketubah? We prepare your text as a fully typeset document so that there are no gaps in the text. Some printed ketubot have a pre-printed text and names are squeezed or stretched in pre-determined blank spaces. That is not the case with our Custom-Print Ketubot. You have a unique selection of Hebrew fonts which are made from Peggy's hand-lettering. The borders and backgrounds you see below are Peggy's designs.

Cost: These ketubot have a basic price of $250-350 which includes personalization. Additional charges apply for certain further customization. Two designs, shown on the bottom left side of this page, give you ketubah options at a lower cost.

To order: For a Custom-Print Ketubah or Photo Ketubah, use the "How to order" button on this page to fill out the order form and ketubah information form. You will receive an e-mailed proof of the ketubah, to be proofread by you and the rabbi, and when approved, it will be printed. Call with any questions about what we can do or the cost of any options. See below for further customization options and charges.

Viewing Ketubah choices: Clicking on each image below will show a larger image. Scroll on that page to see available layout or color choices.

Choice of text: Choose any of our standard texts, which you can alter if you wish, or provide your own custom text.

Other languages: We can typeset text in Hebrew, Yiddish, Roman and Russian alphabets. The English or Russian fonts have been chosen for calligraphic quality and connection to Peggy's hand-lettering styles.

Size: The standard size of the Custom-Print Ketubah is 17" x 22;" you may order them in a smaller size. They are printed on archival quality rag paper with archival ink.

Customization: The text is always personalized for your wedding. Some designs may offer options for further customization from what you see on this site. Speak with Peggy or Yosl to discuss possibilities.

 


Text printed on floral paper image

Khupe Arch

Two-layer
Papercut Ketubah


Text printed on handmade paper image

Lebanese Ketubah
250.00

Kumi-Lakh
Art-Nouveau
Ketubah
250.00

Moon Vine Ketubah
250.00
(L) Rectangular format (R) Scroll paper shape

Sephardic Torah Ketubah
250.00

Rise up my love and come away...

Ani L'dodi v'dodi li
I am my beloved's, my beloved is mine

Border: Book of Ruth or Sephardic Blessings

Border: Sephardic Blessings
or Song of Songs

Mountain Ketuba with rose border Mountain Ketuba with amethyst border Mountain Ketuba with desert red border
Mountain Ketuba with Jade Green borderMountain Ketuba with purple border

Mountain Ketubah
Five border colors!
250.00


Italian Trellis ketuba Italian Trellis ketuba
[ketuba] Art Nouveau Ketuba

Trellis Ketubah & New Trellis 2
$250

Arch of Trees Ketubah
$250

Art Nouveau Ketubah
$250

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Gateway Ketubah
$250

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Peacock Ketubah
$250

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Chuppah Ketubah
Seven color choices
(L) Hebrew border (R) Hebrew/English border
Matching invitations available
$300

[ketuba] Klezmer Oval Ketuba Floral Oval Ketuba

Entwined Rings
250.00

Klezmer Oval Ketubah
250.00

Floral Oval Ketubah
250.00

[ketuba] Persian Deer Ketuba - Royal blue Eternal Light ketuba

Persian Deer Ketubah
250.00
Seven color choices

Ner Tomid Ketubah
250.00



Yemenite Ketubah
250.00
Dark blue and burgundy border choice
in horizontal or vertical layout

Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or email ketuba@ganeydn.com

Questions? Check Peggy's Ketubah FAQ

or Contact Peggy Davis at 413-624-3204 or email ketuba@ganeydn.com

Low-cost Options

Jerusalem Ketubah

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A Ketubah for Under $100

The limited-edition lithographed Jerusalem Ketubah is shown here with its Orthodox text with blank spaces to be filled in for your wedding. It is also available with no text within the inner border. Four-color printing on rag paper.

NEW LOWER PRICE:

Printed ketubah only: $50, includes U.S. shipping. Specify Orthodox text with spaces to fill in, as shown, or with a blank center area.

Peggy can fill in the Orthodox text with hand-lettering for a total cost of $150, includes U.S. shipping.

We can print one of our typeset standard texts of your choice within the border for $170, includes U.S. shipping.

19th-Century Ketubah

We created this replica of a Russian ketubah from 1880 for a film. We offer this border at a special price of $100, printed on rag paper. This price includes the same attention to personalization as our other Custom-Prnt Ketubot, and you will receive a proof before the file is sent.

Other Languages

Do you need a Russian-language ketubah text? Yiddish? French? Spanish? We can do it. Any language that uses Hebrew, Latin or Cyrillic characters. You must supply the text to us. We do not provide translation services.

detail of Russian language ketuba text
Detail from a Hebrew/Russian/English three-language ketubah.

Something Different:
The Custom-Print Photo Ketubah

photo ketuba made from photo of place special to the bride and groom photo ketuba with scene of bride and groom on a beach at sunsetphoto ketuba showing place special to the couple

Photo Ketubah Page
Photo Ketubah FAQ

These examples show how we combined a ketubah text with a photograph provided by the customer, printed on our rag archival paper. They often show photos of the scenes where the customers' weddings, proposals or other significant events took place. We have also printed ketubot incorporating, with the artist's permission, reproductions of art provided by the customer. Prices, including one of our standard texts and personalization, begin at $250.00.

Please click on the images to see them enlarged.

Additional Custom-Print Ketubah
Customization Charges

Custom text: 100.00 additional for text in any language that we don't already have in our collection. No charge for an English text sent to us in the body of an e-mail letter.

Custom shape: 75.00 additional for non-rectangular text area shapes, as we hand-fit the words to fill the shape.

Back-up copy: You may order an additional copy of a printed ketubah for 25.00.

Contact Yosl or Peggy at 413-624-3204 or email ketuba@ganeydn.com

Thank you for your interest!

You are welcome to visit Peggy at her studio in Colrain, by appointment, or to call to discuss what you need by telephone. Peggy also designs one-of-a-kind invitations, which may reflect the design of your ketubah, and other calligraphic work related to your wedding such as place cards and table cards. She is also a member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band, which performs lively, traditional Eastern European Jewish wedding music with dance instruction.

COVID19 concerns: We are relatively well-isolated and are careful about interactions in public. If you arrange an appointment, we expect you will wear a mask, as will we. Regretfully, the Wholesale Klezmer Band isn't performing during this time.

For more information, call us at: 413-624-3204

email: ketuba@ganeydn.com

Custom-Print Ketubah Customer Information, Standard Ketubah Texts and Order Form
Hebrew and English Lettering samples
Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy Page
Ganeydn Jewish Art and Music
Invitation Designs