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The Seder's ready to go, but where can I buy a great Seder plate?

londoncake Apr 2, 2009 06:27 PM

I moved to L.A. about 3.5 years ago, and I've managed to organize a red meat-free Seder for the second year in a row. Everyone's RSVPd, we're all planning to bring something (with help from the CHOW boards!), but I forgot exactly what I forgot last year -- I don't own a Seder plate! (I suppose a part of my brain is still at my parents' house, where all the Seder plates live, too.) Can anyone suggest a hip, not necessarily pricey, progressive place in L.A. to buy a Seder plate? I'm looking online, and I don't feel like I'm hitting the tip of the iceberg, or I'm only finding places that cater to Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox clientele. Thanks for your suggestions!

  1. SIMIHOUND Apr 2, 2009 06:48 PM

    What area of town?

    1. r
      RicRios Apr 2, 2009 07:00 PM

      1) "hip, progressive" : the gift shop of any "hip, progressive" ( or make it: conservative, reconstructionist, reform ) synagogue. Plenty around.

      2) traditional: any of the many judaica stores along Pico Blvd, from La Cienega all the way west to, say, Beverly Drive.

      1. DrBruin Apr 2, 2009 07:12 PM

        Okay, considering Passover is a holy day around for thousands of years, I'm not entirely certain you can label anything with it hip or progressive.

        Your best bet is to hit up the Judaica stores along Pico as RicRios suggested, or there's one on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks near a few blocks east from the intersection with Sepulveda.

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          NYCnowLA Apr 2, 2009 07:13 PM

          i found a very nice minimalist seder plate last year at the judiaca shop on westwood (the day before passover). i'll attach a photo if i can figure out how. it was the leaset expensive they had and the nicest , IMO.

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          1. re: NYCnowLA
            NYCnowLA Apr 2, 2009 07:16 PM

            not sure is the photo is posting.

          2. l
            LAGirl Apr 2, 2009 09:03 PM

            I've found that the two best places for Judaica in the city are Audrey's, the gift shop at the Skirball Center, and Gallery Judaica, on Westwood Blvd. south of Wilshire. They both seem to carry pretty good, varied artists. I'm personally partial to the Nambe seder plate (it's very clean and modern), but I'm not sure if either of those places carry Nambe. Good luck!

            1. m
              mrfood16 Apr 2, 2009 10:51 PM

              I am not sure what a "hip progressive place" to buy a seder plate means, but I did find many on ebay last year when I purchased one. I don't know if it would arrive on time though, so your best bet is Pico-Robertson or Fairfax area Judaica stores, or the gift shop at a Jewish museum like the Skirball.

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              1. re: mrfood16
                SIMIHOUND Apr 3, 2009 07:21 AM

                Many temples have gift shops which would have the seder plates.

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                Fru Apr 3, 2009 09:49 AM

                I also think the Skirball has a beautiful assortment of Judaica. Besides all of the great suggestions so far, I would add in Valley Village at Whitsett and Burbank there are several stores that are worth perusing and on Westwood Blvd south of Wilshire.

                1. l
                  londoncake Apr 3, 2009 01:35 PM

                  Thanks so much everyone. The "hip" part of this seems to have caused some confusion -- I'm just looking for a Seder that's not run-of-the-mill. I'm in the Fairfax area and have found very few Seder plates that appeal, but I have great ideas now -- thanks again!

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