Kiddush Cups


Throughout my family’s history, we have certain things that keep us connected to the members of our family that came before us. There are a set of kiddush cups that are used in my family ceremonially that have been passed down for multiple generations. The silver cups came from my father’s side of the family, and more specifically, my grandmother’s side. I remember my grandmother telling me the story of how her and her brothers went through the old house of their parents, my great grandparents, Virginia and Irving Leffel, when they came across a set of 12 sterling silver kiddush cups that were in terrible condition, so she took them to a silversmith to have them restored. She kept three for her children, my father, my uncle and my aunt, and gave the rest to her close family members in order to continue the memory of her parents and their traditions. My uncle used his cup on his wedding day 22 years ago, as a family kiddush cup, and our family has the cups on our Passover table every year. By restoring and using these cups, our family has been keeping the memories and tradition alive for over 50 years. These cups are very special to me and my family, and it is amazing how we have been able to keep such great memories alive with the set of ceremonial cups.

Place(s): America

– Jonah L.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more