Menorahs, kiddush cups, candlesticks — we all have them in our homes, and some of them are worth more than you might think! In the latest installment of JEWISH GILT WITH JONATHAN GREENSTEIN we showcase some of the most interesting and valuable antique Judaica on the market, and hear the incredible stories behind the objects.
Open House at J. Greenstein & Co.
On this episode, an open house at Jonathan’s gallery in Cedarhurst, NY, brings some surprising finds:
- a simple brass menorah from Israel, passed down from a grandmother to her grandson, whose value has multiplied tenfold since its purchase in the 50s;
- a beautiful, handmade silver Art Deco havdallah set;
- a Russian candlestick that’s not really Russian, but is worth more because of its American provenance
- a rare hasidic-style kiddush cup — wait until you see the owner’s reaction when he hears how much it’s worth!
- an intact books of Psalms from 16th century Venice, and more!
Illuminated Family Tree Family Reunion
Then, Jonathan takes us to a family reunion brought about by an incredible, illuminated family tree manuscript that he first found on eBay. When Jonathan and his staff bought this unique manuscript online, they never imagined they would end up selling it to an actual descendant of the family depicted on the tree, but that’s what happened when amateur genealogist Rabbi Benjamin Shull went looking for information about his great-grandfather, the revered Rabbi Hillel Mileikovsky, and found J. Greenstein & Co.’s online auction of the family tree. Hear the incredible story of how this one-of-a-kind family tree traveled from 19th century Europe to 21st century America, via the Internet.
About Jonathan Greenstein:
Jonathan Greenstein is the president and expert-in-charge at J. Greenstein & Company, Inc., the country’s only auction house specializing in antique Jewish Ritual art, known as Judaica. An expert in antique judaica for over 30 years, Jonathan has been featured on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, NBC News with Chuck Scarborough, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Crains’s Business News, KTLA Television, The Jewish Journal, WCBSTV, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News with Stuart Varney, The Atlanta Commercial Appeal, and The Forward. He has a column in Reform magazine known as “The Antique Judaica Evaluation Show.” Jonathan lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and five children.