- … You’re cooking Shabbat dinner…
- … Mmmm… the delicious aroma fills the entire house…
- … You’re lighting the Shabbat candles; Shabbat is now officially in!
Time to enjoy your Shabbat dinner together with the family… can you pass the Hummus, please?
HOLD IT! Aren’t you forgetting something?
Kiddush comes first, silly! Go ahead and pour the wine into the Kiddush cup (make sure you fill the cup to the end)!
What’s that? You don’t have a Kiddush cup? What a coincidence! I just happened to create a huge list of beautiful, modern Kiddush cups!
OK, OK, enough with the silly jokes :). Let’s go find you a lovely Jewish wine cup, shall we?
Table of Contents
Top Kiddush Cups
TLDR (SPOILER ALERT): In a hurry? Shabbat is about to come in? Don’t have time to look at 25+ Kiddush cups? Say no more…
I chose the best Kiddush cups (sometimes pronounced Kiddish cup) of each category and included them in this handy little table… enjoy!
Still here? Good! Because you’re about to discover a ton more beautiful Kiddush cups… too bad for those that left “early”!
Modern Kiddush Cups
Most Jewish wine cups look pretty much the same… They’re the traditional cups you’ve seen so many times on Jewish Shabbos tables…
But then there are modern Kiddush cups – remarkable pieces of art, designed by Jewish artists, that revolutionize the look and feel of a standard Jewish cup.
I bet you’re curious now, huh?Top Modern Cup
Ever watched Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire? (Harry Potter fans are freaking out at this point)
Relax, this Kiddush goblet, made of the secret Nambé alloy, isn’t going to send you off to fight dragons or face Lord Voldemort. In other words – it’s just as impressive as the famous Goblet, except without the life-threatening challenges (and no, Shabbat dinner with your inlaws doesn’t count).
Modern Kiddush cup? That’s perhaps the understatement of the century. Call it unique, one-of-a-kind and captivating… and you still won’t be doing this phenomenal Kiddush cup any justice.
You can’t talk about modern Kiddush cups without mentioning the king of modern Judaica art himself – Yair Emanuel.
How modern, you ask? Well, this time Emanuel outdid even himself – he designed a Kiddush cup from the future (and from outer space).
Can anyone top that? The only one who can is Yair Emanuel himself… (hint: and he will, many times through this article).
It’s artistic, imaginative, unexpected… that’s all true. But more than anything – it’s one damn amazing Kiddush cup to dazzle someone with!
If you find traditional Kiddush cups too conventional, and modern Kiddush glasses (like Yair Emanuel’s previous goblet) “too much”, then you can go for a more balanced option.
This stemmed Pomegranates-themed cup is modern, but not too modern that people go “WHOA!” when they see it.
Blending traditional Jewish symbols with contemporary art is Yair Emanuel’s expertise – as he clearly demonstrated in this stainless-steel Kiddush cup. He featured all the elements of a traditional Kiddush cup (the base, stem, and even pomegranates) – but he added a modern twist in the form of golden accents into the pomegranates and leaves.
As it turns out, the Jewish concept of “The Middle Way” (דרך האמצע) can also be incorporated in Kiddush cups!
Tip: It’s also suitable for a Jewish housewarming gift.
Mirror, mirror on the Kiddush cup – who’s the most modern of them all?
I think we all know the answer to that question… it’s staring right at you.
This contemporary work of art isn’t your run-of-the-mill Kiddush cup, nor should you treat it like one. Do not buy it if all you’re looking for is a functional Kiddush cup. That’s not what it’s designed for (plus, you’ll be severely overpaying if that’s what you’re buying it for).
This extraordinary piece of artwork is reserved for special people, on special occasions. Anything short of that – I suggest you skip this one and continue to the rest of the Kiddush wine goblets.
Silver & Sterling Silver Kiddush Cups
You’ve probably seen quite a few silver Kiddush cups in your lifetime. They’re extremely popular… in fact, most Jewish homes I’ve seen have at least one silver cup, if not more…
However, you probably know by now that I’m not interested in “standard” Jewish products… I prefer finding interesting gems and telling about it to the world (well, at least to you lovely folks reading this!).
So, you can bet that you won’t find the normal (read: boring) silver Kiddush cups you’ve seen a million times… instead, you’ll find unique Jewish wine cups you can’t wait to get your hands on!Top Silver Cup
We’re kicking off this section with an absolute beauty. Yes, I’m talking about Jerusalem.
Featured in this elegant design are scenes of the old city in Jerusalem, made of unique-looking brushed silver.
It has a slightly heavy, yet very comfortable feel in the hand.
If you’re looking for a traditional silver Kiddush cup from Israel, that looks like an antique Jerusalem art exhibit – then you might as well stop reading right now and just order this one.
If you ask most people: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Quest? They’ll say protein bars.
That is unless you ask someone who received this remarkable Quest Kiddush cup as a gift. From that moment on – Quest took on an entirely different meaning… a meaningful meaning.
This dazzling Pomegranate Kiddush cup is hand-painted, handcrafted (from pewter), and silver-plated – resulting in one of the most beautiful Kiddush cups I have ever seen (and I’ve seen many).
Hazorfim is known to make premium, high-quality Judaica items, and they certainly delivered on that promise with this royal-looking Judaica Kiddush Cup.
Don’t let the simple design fool you – this elegant sterling silver Kiddush wine cup design is fashioned out of the highest quality silver and adorned with filigree, making it incredibly pleasing to the eye and a joy to touch.
The cherry on top? This cup arrives in beautiful packaging and it comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Gold Kiddush Cups
Where there’s silver – there’s gold. The same holds true for Shabbat Kiddush cups.
The shiny silver cups you’ve just seen were the appetizer. Now, it’s time for the main course: gold Kiddush cups.Top Gold Cup
Jerusalem of Gold? How about “Kiddush cup of Gold”?
This rich golden Kiddush cup looks like an item recovered from the Jewish holy temple. Except, it’s brand new!
Both the cup and the saucer are decorated with grapes, with the Kiddush blessing featured on top of the Kiddush cup. No need to look at the Siddur – you can read the blessing from the Kiddush cup directly.
And if it wasn’t flashy enough, this unique cup has shiny rhinestones attached to it for an extra sparkling effect.
Just make sure you wear sunglasses if you find yourself staring at it for too long.
The practice of making golden Judaica items goes back centuries.
Even to this day, gold Judaica products are common luxury gifts Jews buy for a special occasion (or even as a household item)…
This gold plated “Tree of Life” Kiddush cup is a prime example of precisely that. It’s designed after the famous “Tree of Life” – the ancient symbol from the Kabbalah describing God’s creation of the world.
Tip: This cup is mostly for decorative purposes, not so much for active use.
Earlier, I teased you with Jerusalem of Gold. That was no accident :).
Introducing: Jerusalem of gold – on a gold-plated Kiddush cup!
Let me clarify: this large Jewish wine glass features a fascinating illustration of Jerusalem’s old city plated in gold.
And when I say it’s large, I mean it’s extremely large.
Let me put it this way: don’t go walking around with this gold Kiddush cup in the middle of the night. You’ll attract too much attention.
Kiddush Sets & Kiddush Wine Fountains
Jewish families are known to be blessed: lots of kids, lots of grandkids, lots of cousins.
Let me tell ya: attending a Kiddush in a “full house” is something to behold.
The only “problem”? Try passing around the Kiddush cup across the table… see how that goes. You’ll be doing Havdalah by the time the Kiddush cup returns to you (in which case a Havdalah set might come in handy).
Large families need a better solution. And no, a gigantic Kiddush cup isn’t the answer… A better answer? Kiddush sets. Or even better – Kiddush fountains!
You know what? Let me show you my favorite ones of each, and you pick the ones you like best.
You can count on the world’s most popular Judaica artist to design a Kiddush set with a creative twist.
Emanuel is a master at combining traditional and contemporary art, and he didn’t spare his skills when he created this exquisite nickel Kiddush cup.
The cups (and plate) are made of fine silver with a hammered finish – adorned with colorful bands at the bottom – adding a fun, artistic and vivid touch to your Shabbat or holiday table.
A perfect gift for a Jewish family – either for a special occasion or just because.Top Kiddush Fountain
Let’s take it to the next steps. Better yet – let’s let Yair Emanuel take it to the next step; he’s good at outdoing himself… and the proof is in the pudding (or in this case, the fountain).
Emanuel’s gorgeous Kiddush is a godsend to a Jewish host (or hostess). Any time you’re hosting people at your house – whether it’s for Shabbat, holidays or any other special occasion – you’ll need a way to serve Kiddush wine en masse, and do it in style.
That last part is where this modern Kiddush wine fountain truly shines – it adds style to the Kiddush ceremony. Why pour the wine yourself when you can let the fountain do its magic and pour it into multiple cups at once?
Trust me, no one will compliment you on your awesome wine-pouring skills (unless you’re an experienced bartender). But they will compliment you when you introduce your “secret tool” at the dinner table.
Why am I telling you this (and ruining the surprise)?
Because I couldn’t think of a better segway to Jewish wedding cups than by introducing Caesarea Art’s astounding 24K gold plated Kiddush set.
This premium kiddush set is everything a Jewish couple could hope for in a wedding gift: it’s useful, meaningful and absolutely gorgeous.
Soon, the young couple will start having guests over for Shabbat and holidays… and when that happens – their guests will get the royal treatment: they’ll get to witness, perhaps for the very first time, what a luxurious Kiddush looks like.
And it’s all thanks to…?
Wedding Kiddush Cups
(breaking the glass…) Mazel Tov!
Wait! That’s not the kind of cup we’re talking about here!
Repeat after me: Nobody is breaking these wedding Kiddush cups, capiche?
Don’t get me wrong – every Kiddush cup (including the Kiddush sets and Kiddush wine fountains) on this list is an excellent Jewish wedding gift.
However, certain Kiddush cups were made for weddings, and indeed, are gifted almost exclusively at Jewish weddings…
That’s what this section is all about!Top Wedding Cup
Care to guess why Michael Aram’s Tree of Life Kiddush cup is such a common Jewish wedding gift?
The answer lies in the Tree of Life itself – the ancient Kabbalistic symbol that describes God’s creation of the world.
When a Jewish couple stands under the Chuppah – they’re not just fulfilling a Jewish commandment… they’re acting out the literal meaning behind the Tree of Life: the bride and groom are committing to start a new family together, with God protecting them from above (hence the Chuppah)…
Michael Aram has set quite a name for himself with his unique Judaica. It’s not hard to see why in this marvelous, handcrafted piece of art.
Michael Aram gets a 2nd appearance, and it’s back-to-back!
We already learned that Aram knows a thing or two about creating special Judaica Kiddush cups for Jewish wedding ceremonies… and if his previous celebration cup wasn’t enough to prove it, then the Black Orchid celebration cup puts a stake in the ground.
Did You Know?
Aram’s modern Kiddush cup is part of the popular Black Orchid collection. The famous collection includes many other Jewish gifts commonly given in Jewish weddings and other special occasions:
Finally, if you’re getting a Jewish wedding cup for the Chuppah, you might as well get a cup designed as a Chuppah.
The unique silver-plated cup design features a couple receiving its blessings from a rabbi, emulating what’s about to happen right in front of your eyes at the actual wedding ceremony.
What better way to remember your wedding day than by drinking a Chuppah Kiddush cup every week during Shabbat dinner?
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Kiddush Cups
Sure, they still might be too young to drink alcohol… but that doesn’t mean they can’t take a sip from the Kiddush wine (or grape juice).
Remember: the Mitzvah of Kiddush applies to every Jewish adult. And since the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the Jewish coming of age – that includes our young Bnai Mitzvah, too!Top Bar Mitzvah Cup
The young boy is now a Jewish adult… bring on the alcohol!
Becoming a Bar Mitzvah has nothing to do with that kind of “bar” 🍺 (a few more years, darling).
But it doesn’t mean they can’t start practicing with grape juice using their very own Kiddush cup (a luxurious one at that). After all, they obligated to fulfill the Mitzvah of Kiddush just like us “grown-ups” are.
Yep, there’s a Bat Mitzvah Kiddush cup for girls as well!
Don’t you dare discriminate the girls, mate!
Glass Kiddush Cups
Glass Kiddush cups are a common Jewish gift – particularly on special occasions. NOT because we’re smashing glasses at weddings. Not because we like smashing glasses just for the heck of it (those are Greeks, buddy)…
In the Jewish community:
- A special occasion means there’s wine involved (LOTS of it).
- When there’s wine – there’s Kiddush.
- When there’s Kiddush – there’s a Kiddush cup!
So whether you’re looking for a thoughtful housewarming gift, a special holiday gift for a hostess or any other special occasion – then an elegant glass Kiddush cup is something worth considering.
Tip: Just make sure you wrap it properly, yes? It’s fragile!
Lily Art’s blue ocean glass wine cup is an incredibly delicate piece, and needless to say: designed with a wonderful eye for detail. Sitting on top of a glass saucer, this classic Jewish wine cup contains the famous Hebrew wine blessing (“Bore Pri Hagafen”), with a small vine figure attached below it.
The bright shades of blue give a nice modern feel to this glass Kiddush cup, without losing touch with the traditional Jewish style.
Lily Shochat, the undisputed queen of glass Judaica art, makes a back-to-back appearance with her elegant glass Kiddush cup.
This cup has a vivid pomegranate theme, making it a great hostess gift on Rosh Hashanah.
The glass (and saucer) is filled with cool gold swirls, and deep-purple glass stone surrounded by beautiful leaves, which Lily hand-makes in Israel.
A magnificent gift for Shabbat or other Jewish holidays.
This Shabbat wine cup set is made from crystal glass, so it’s even finer than a traditional glass cup.
The cup and saucer are adorned with gemstones in remarkably stylish patterns.
If you’re looking for a modern crystal Kiddush Cup with plenty of traditional elements – this is it.
Crystal Kiddush Cups
I just gave you a glimpse of crystal Kiddush cups, so we might as well continue down that path.
You wouldn’t normally expect to see Kiddush cups made of crystal. And that’s exactly the beauty of it: nobody expects to get a crystal Kiddush cup as a gift… which means you’ve got a chance to give someone a pleasant surprise!Top Crystal Cup
This crystal Kiddush cup is no doubt one of the most delightful cups on the list. And, believe it or not – it’s also one of the cheapest, too (I know, right?).
The crystal is covered in lovely grapevines – so people will make no mistake and realize that it’s indeed a Kiddush cup (even though at first glance it doesn’t look like one).
Handsome, practical and affordable… I know, these aren’t things you’d normally expect to read about a crystal Kiddush cup. Believe me, I was just as surprised as you…
You can easily buy it as an elegant gift, and your recipient will assume it cost you at least 5X more than you actually paid for it.
An absolute steal (and I don’t use that word lightly)!
The famous Karshi studio in Jerusalem has been creating unique Jewish art for nearly 70 years. And as you might’ve guessed – glass and crystal is their strong side.
Case in point: their exquisite crystal Kiddush cup.
And just like the previous crystal Kiddush cup. it’s ridiculously affordable (almost unbelievably so). All that’s left for us is to say “Thank you” and take advantage of it 🙂
If you ever purchased anything made of crystal, there’s a good chance you stumbled into one of Godinger’s fabulous collections.
Godinger is to crystal what Rafael Nadal is to clay: total domination.
Unfortunately, Godinger doesn’t produce nearly as much crystal Judaica items as I would’ve hoped. So when they do come out with a magnificent crystal Judaica piece – people pay attention.
Case in point – their new crystal Kiddush cup.
Ceramic Kiddush Cups
A ceramics fan? Of course, you are… who isn’t? (if you’re not, give it a chance… you might be surprised)
Just like many other Judaica items, there are quite a few remarkable Ceramic Kiddush cups out there.
Lucky for you, I found the best ones so you won’t have to go and find them yourself.Top Ceramic Cup
Of you back in history lane, ceramic Kiddush cups used to be commonplace in Jewish homes. It used to be the way to perform Kiddush. As times passed, more modern Kiddush cups started to emerge (check out the modern section to get an idea of what I’m talking about).
There’s no arguing that ceramic Kiddush cups have a traditional feel to them. The only question is – is it still possible to find beautiful ceramic Kiddush cups without feeling like we went all “Marty McFly” and visited 1985 in the Delorean.
That’s what the talented Israeli artist, Michal Ben Yosef, set out to do when she created this wonderful ceramic stemmed Kiddush goblet, featuring the Friday night Kiddush prayer in Hebrew.
What do you think, has she succeeded? (you already know what I think. I wouldn’t have featured it on my list if I didn’t think so, now would I?)
You can’t mention ceramic Kiddush cups without mentioning Spode – the undisputed masters ceramic Judaica. If you ever attended a Passover seder, odds are you’ve seen Spode’s famous similar blue & white design on countless Seder plates around the world.
Well, turns out they applied their signature design in this gorgeous ceramic cup – to hopefully follow the success of their Seder plate.
Keep in Mind: Spode’s Kiddush cup is larger than the average Shabbat Kiddush cup.
Personalized & Engraved Kiddush Cups
A Jewish Kiddush Cup is a fantastic gift… I guess you already knew that, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this, now would you?
While a Kiddush cup IS indeed a nice present, you can take it a step further and engrave the cup with a nice, personalized message.
Going the extra mile is always a good idea… so let’s go the extra mile.Top Personalized Cup
At first glance, you might be thinking: “this Kiddush cup looks perfect just the way it is (plus, it’s made in Israel and arrives in a cute gift box, so that’s cool)”.
But then, I reveal to you that this sterling silver Kiddush cup can be engraved and personalized. That’s when you get a lightbulb moment – “I can customize it and make it more personal“…
Tip: Engraving is available in any language.
Then you realize: it allows you to go the extra mile – with very little effort.
Now, lightbulbs are flashing EVERYWHERE.
This beautifully engraved Kiddush cup really makes a difference if you’re looking for a personalized gift for a good friend or family member.
The custom Kiddush glass set comes in a simple, but well-refined design, making sure all the attention goes to the engraved items on the cup.
Simply tell the designer what you want to engrave (usually it’s the family name) on the Kiddush glass, and they’ll engrave it next to the vine with grapes and leaves.
Cheap Kiddush Cups
Lucky for you, you don’t need to waste a ton of money on a traditional Kiddush cup for Shabbat.
There are quite a lot of cups that are both cheap, beautiful and last long.
If that sounds interesting, then you’re about to love these very affordable cups for Kiddush…Top Cheap Cup
This magnificent silver-plated Kiddush wine cup would make a fine addition on any Shabbat table.
If you look closely, you’ll immediately recognize the remarkable City of David engraved on this Kiddush cup.
The best part? This Kiddush cup is mighty affordable! That’s right, this cup is nice on the eye and nice on the wallet too!
Who said you have to choose between quality or price? Send them this Kiddush cup as proof that they’re wrong!
Bonus: It also comes with three years manufacturer’s warranty. You know, just to prove a point.
Psst. Want in on a secret? A higher price doesn’t equal higher quality… don’t tell anyone I said that.
In all seriousness now… despite the fact we all know that statement is true… yet, every time we buy a new car, a new phone or a new TV – we still fall for the price = value trap. It’s human nature.
The same is true at low prices. We believe that if something is cheap, it must be of low quality.
That couldn’t be further from the truth… and here’s one Kiddush cup to prove it.
This traditional silver-plated Jerusalem Kiddush cup the cheapest Kiddush cups on the list – yet, this cup is made of high-quality silver-plated metal and as such will last you a long time.
And don’t let the poor image fool you – it’s much prettier than it looks. Jerusalem’s old city is depicted throughout the cup… that should tell you something.
This Judaica cup is different than the other cups you’ve seen so far; it’s the first (and only) Kiddush cup made of ivory porcelain.
I know I said it before, but it bears repeating and highlighting (particularly in this case): low price doesn’t necessarily equal quality. This lovely Kiddush cup is an excellent poster-boy of that statement.
Sturdy, classy and surprisingly attractive considering the price.
I don’t know if you can tell – but the Kiddush cup has vine leaves sculpted into it. Not to mention the golden Star of David + Kiddush blessing engraved on top.
All in all – a fabulous addition to the Shabbat table.
Antique Kiddush Cups
Looking for a new antique Kiddush cup to add to your collection?
Then this section is going to be a real treat for you!
Tip: Although these Kiddush cups can be functional, they shouldn’t be. If you’re after a wine cup you can use regularly, you might want to skip this section…
The Roman glass dates to the Roman & Byzantine periods. Over the years, more and more Roman glass fragments were discovered across Israel in a wide archeological effort.
The glass’ unique green-ish and the colorful rainbow of patina colors are the results of years and years of “hiding” underground before they were finally dug out and brought into the light.
A fascinating Jewish antique cup with a rich history, and an even brighter future.
It was made by Russian artist Fyodor Ivanov, who died 7 years after creating this masterpiece.
He hand-engraved the cup with beautiful illustrations made with Niello – a black mixture of sulfur, copper, silver, and lead.
Bonus: arrives in a gift box, plus a personalized message you can add.
This rare item dates to a couple of hundred years old, originating in one of the middle eastern countries governed by the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century (it’s unclear where exactly this was made).
The cup is made of white metal and is decorated with turquoise and ruby gems. This cup is available on eBay right now (there’s a good chance it won’t be available anymore by the time you read this).
I promised you beautiful, modern Kiddush cups – haven’t I? Well, you just witnessed the best our talented Jewish & Israeli artists have in store…
You better be – they spent years of their lives honing their craft to be able to produce masterpieces like these outstanding Kiddush goblets and Jewish chalice… just so mere mortals like you and I can enjoy them on Shabbat (including for Havdalah).
Now that you’ve got your Kiddush cup – pour some wine, perform the Hamotzi blessing (don’t forget to cover the Challah first) and dig into the Shabbat meal!