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Ellen Friedman
  • Teaneck, NJ
  • United States
  • Chuppah Designer
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What is your line of work (profession)?
Chuppah Designer
What is your job title or description?
president of Chuppah Creations
Company Name
Chuppah Creations
Your website
Business affiliations
Member of Pomegranate Guild,
Jewish Organization(s) (past and present)
Board member of Beth Aaron, Yeshiva of North Jersey, Pomegranate guild. I have done fundraising events organized a conference.
LinkedIn Address
Brag about yourself - what makes you great at what you do?
I am a creative designer. I love working in textiles of all sorts to create the chuppah, the first "home" a Jewish couple will use. I create custom designed chuppahs. I have started renting my designed chuppahs. I am also venturing into a companion piece, the Shabbat or holiday tablecloth that will have applique designs and the names of the family embroidered on the cloth. Perfect as a gift in the new home or for a presentation gift for organizations to give to honorees.

One of the reason I started this business is because I believe in giving back to the Jewish people. I want my business to succeed so I can use the money to donate to people and organizations in need. As part of this philosophy I also offer my clients the opportunity to take 10% of the cost of the work and donate it to charity. They get the deduction and I get 10% less profit.

I have been an artist since I was a young girl learning the basic elements of art from my mother, also an artist. I have always thought outside the box when creating with my textiles. I love attending classes and conferences with the best and the brightest in my field of Textile Art. I will ofter use what I have learned to enhance my work.

My fine art work and my Judaica have been exhibited. I have had a piece of work in a magazine. I made the quilt for a book cover.

Prior to opening my business I taught early childhood education. I gained a tremendous insight into what makes people tick. Children don't put on fronts. I learned to deal with real feelings and being sensitive to the needs that are a result of those feelings. This sensitivity has helped me immensely in my business. I call it my sixth sense or "reading between the lines of a clients mind." I work well with interpreting my clients ideas and turning their ideas into a design or vision of their chuppah.
What types of business contacts are you looking to make?
This is a Jewish organization therefore I am sure there are members who know someone who is in need of a chuppah.

I am looking for help in running the business end of my business. I am poor at best in the technical end of bookkeeping and managing the little money I have. According to the IRS I have 2 more years until my business is considered a "hobby". I would like to make it a business.

I would like to meet people who can guide me in organizational component of my business. The problem is I need this advice with hardly an cost involved.

Computer help would be great too.

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