Hanna Bechar- Paneth’s workshop is located in the
Jerusalem House of Quality (across from the Mt. Zion
Cable Car). For years, she was known for her unique
jewelry, but ten years ago she made the switch from
jewelry to Spice Boxes. Her works are wonderful
creations made primarily of silver and wood.
Spice Boxes are used in the Havdalah ceremony. The
word Havdalah means differentiation (or separation) and
the ceremony is conducted at the end of the Sabbath and
holidays as a means of separating and making a
distinction between sacred days and the beginning of
The ceremony includes three blessings - for wine,
spices, and light. Spices, cloves or any fragrant
flowers can be used in the Havdalah, the fragrance is
intended to elevate the spirits and enable one to begin
the new week in an uplifted mood.
As you enter the Jerusalem House of Quality, turn
left, and proceed up the stairs, until you reach the
artists’ workshops. Hanna’s workshop is located in a
corner, be sure not to miss it.