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Friday, August 28, 2009

New Order Form

For all of our stores, good news! Our newly updated order form is available in the retailers section of the website. This order form has been newly revised and organized, including every item we currently carry as well as their prices and sizing. If you're a retail customer, you can hop on over to thefriendsofgary.com to access a list of our suggested retail prices, then head over here to find a store in your area!

Monday, August 17, 2009

NYIGF 2009

Hello! Video games have E3, movies and graphic novels have Comic Con, and we have the New York International Gift Fair! Gary is currently in New York showing off our numerous new pieces of work, but you don't have to travel to the Big Apple to see it all! All the new items are now up for all to see right here! We have a lot of great items that I know you will like, so hop on over and get a preview of this summer's hottest GRC Judaica.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Braille Mezuzah

We may be a business, but as artists we love to give people joy through our work. This letter is a great example of that and we are very glad that this special mezuzah brought such happiness.

"Dear Mr. Rosenthal,
Sherry Davidowitz, a friend and our local JCC Judaica coordinator contacted you when I asked her about a Braille Mezuzzah. I was asked to do a blessing at the naming of a new facility for our local Association for the Blind here in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Mezuzzah you sent with the raised Shin and the word Shalom spelled out in Braille was beyond my wildest dreams. The family that donated the building is very modest about their philanthropy and had to have their arms twisted to agree to having their name on the building. They were uncomfortable about the publicity, but when they saw the Mezuzzah and heard the artist’s name they were moved to tears and knew they had made the right decision. Before the event I was a bit nervous about the Braille on the Mezuzzah. When I looked at it I checked the dots with a web page that seemed to show the letters differently than I had originally seen. But when I presented it to the president of the association, who is a blind attorney, and asked him to read the word on the Mezuzzah, he said “Shalom” loud and clear. He couldn’t quite make out the Shin on top (he’s not Jewish), but the letters were perfect.

The folks from the Association for the Blind will be contacting you separately, but I want to thank you for making this event so special and meaningful. An artisan such as yourself probably assumes that the vast majority of people who enjoy his work do so visually. But you will now have a steady flow of blind and visually impaired folks in northeastern PA that will enjoy your art every day just by touching it. Thank you for making this possible.

All the best,
Rabbi Larry Kaplan
TempleIsrael, Wilkes-Barre, PA"