Meet The Artisans

With each Artza box, with your help, you are supporting up to 9 different small local Israeli businesses and charities. Thank you! Meet some of our amazingly talented artists!

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Judaean desert

Yonat Story

Following her dream, Yonat moved to the desert and the first thing that welcomed her was pure silence and bare land, which was exactly what she needed.She fell in love with it immediately. After starting her family, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, started making her own natural care products based off of ancient techniques. She named her small business Yonat Midbar, meaning Yonat of the desert, or desert dove, feeling that connecting to the desert is her destiny. Nowadays Yonat make different kinds of natural care products and shares her knowledge by giving workshops and desert plants tours in the Judean Desert. Yonat’s vision is to enjoy the connection to the desert nature, and spread this joy with the world.

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Judaean desert

424 Salt

Our names are Idan, Moshe and Doron, and we are three friends who came together to realize a shared passion for food, cooking and the desert. We would travel and camp at night in the Judean Desert, cooking dinner on the coastline of the Dead Sea and sharing laughs One night, we came up with an idea to bring the purest and highest quality salt from this amazing source We called it 424 Salt, named after the depth of the Dead Sea., and we committed to building it with the values we want to teach our children. With that in mind, we use only natural methodologies, and we incorporate a large social mission to our business. Our workplace is a Rehabilitative Work Center (RWC), where we provide employment for the special-needs population. with an emphasis on improving their work standard and developing each one’s potential and independence to the fullest. We are proud to deliver an amazing product to you, and hope you truly enjoy this taste of the Dead Sea.

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Jerusalem

Tables that Talk

As Anati and Sarit told us: “We’re working hard to make beautiful games that create magical moments around the table as a family. We believe that nothing is more important that family, and we wanted to create games that helped families share experiences and come closer together.”

Each of Anati and Sarit’s beautiful, hand-designed games are sure to beautify your holiday table.

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BETHLEHEM

Jamil Hosh

Jamil has been carving some of the most beautiful olive wood in Bethlehem, including the Christmas ornaments in this quarter’s box.

For Jamil, olive wood isn’t just a material – it’s a calling. As he told us, “Wood crafting is a skill the people of Bethlehem picked up from the Crusaders in the 15th century. I love olive wood because no two pieces are the same. Each piece has its own character that spans generations, as the trees should be kept for 150 years before being used for carving. And, of course, the olive tree is mentioned in the Bible as a holy tree – it was, after all, an olive branch that the dove carried to signify the end of God’s wrath and the flood.”

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BETHLEHEM

Photo House

A young immigrant to Israel named Rudi Weissenstein moves to the Holy Land from his native Czechoslovakia. And, with little more than a camera and a dream, Rudi soon establishes himself as the most significant photographer of young state. Over a career that spanned six decades, Rudi captured some of the most important moments in the history of Israel and amassed a collection of over one million shots of the Holy Land.

Today, his legacy is being carried on by his grandson Ben, who took over his grandfather’s store, aptly called “Hatzelmania” in Hebrew, which means the Photohouse.

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BETHLEHEM

Oded Fenster Toffee

After playing basketball professionally in Israel, Oded Fenster decided to follow another dream: to become one of Israel’s best artisanal chocolate makers. 18 years ago, he flew to Belgium to hone his craft. Each of his chocolates, toffees and marzipans is hand-made with love, together with a staff that includes young adults with developmental challenges.

For Artza, he crafted a special Mediterranean Sea Salt Toffee, which uses flaky sea salt to complement the creamy taste of toffee, and combines for a sweet and salty taste you’ll be reaching for again and again.

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NAZARETH

Thereza handmade soaps

Just outside the center of Nazareth, on a hill overlooking the green valleys of the Galilee, is a studio where a young soap-maker named Tereza is living out her dream.

A mother of three, Tereza went to school to learn how to make all natural, high quality soaps, and now sells them across Israel. Tereza created a custom, hand-made soap for Artza members that is refreshing and aromatic, and which truly highlights the best of her craft.

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NAZARETH

The spice road farm

In Bethlehem of the Galillee, just outside of Nazareth, is a long and windy gravel road that leads to Derech HaTavlinim, which in Hebrew means “The Spice Road”. This unique spot is now in the third generation of the Tsitershpiler family. When you enter the structure, smells of hundreds of spices waft through the air.

You’ll soon see Avi, the proprietor, smiling and welcoming you toward him. For Artza, he’s put together a unique blend of spices meant to be used in the traditional Israeli breakfast dish called Shakshuka, which will bring a taste of Israel straight to your kitchen.

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Galilee

Itanar Even

Some people find their passion – and others inherit it. Itamar Even is in the second camp. The son of one of Israel’s most famous ceramicists, who tragically died far too young, Itamar decided to continue in his father’s footsteps and take his seat at the kiln.

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Galilee

Sindyanna

In the city of Cana in the Galilee, there is an award-winning olive oil factory and a unique non-profit looking to make changes for the better from the ground up. It may surprise you to learn that they are one in the same. Established in 1996, Sindyanna of Galilee is the only certified Fair-Trade olive oil producer in Israel. The boutique producer employs Arab and Jewish women and endeavors to create economic opportunities while supporting local olive growers and producers.

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Galilee

Michael soaps

In an industrial center in the Galilee, next to a boutique winery and bakery, is a small cosmetics gem of a store called Michal Soaps. First established by Michal and her husband in their own backyard, Michal Soaps makes all-natural cosmetics that have become something of a “must have”’ in Israel. Emphasizing all-natural ingredients, this community focused company now employs over 35 people who craft all-natural soaps and cosmetics by hand.

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Jerusalem

Off the wall spices

In the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem,  Simcha founded Off the Wall  out of a desire to deliver the best spices in Israel to visitors from around the world. As Simcha tells it, his love for high quality spices and the Land of the Bible came from his childhood. He grew up as one of 14 children on Mount Zion, just outside the Old City walls, and was inspired by the sites, sounds and smells of this holy city – smells like rosemary, sage and lavender that can be found dotting the hills of this golden terrain. Along with his brother-in-law Akivah, they work to deliver the highest quality local spices from spice farms around Israel.

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