Renowned for her captivating ketubot, ceremonial objects and book illustrations, Betsy Teutsch is a prominent figure in the contemporary Jewish renaissance. Her outstanding lettering and design sense, combined with a wide-ranging Judaic knowledge, result in exquisite works of art.
Teutsch, born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, has specialized in illuminated Judaica and Hebrew calligraphy for over 30 years. She has designed custom ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) for hundreds of couples, and her lithographed ketubot are among the most popular in North America.
She illustrated Michael Strassfeld's classic, The Jewish Holidays, as well being Art Editor and illustrator for Kol Haneshamah, The Reconstructionist Prayerbook Series. She is the coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols. In 1997 she created her first tambourine and eight more designs have followed - to date, over 10,000 have been produced.
She majored in Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and has a masters degree in Jewish education from HUC-JIR. She is also an active environmentalist, reflected in some of the kavanot in the Kavanah Card designs. She and her husband David live in Mt. Airy (a vibrant, diverse neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA) where they have raised their children Zach and Nomi.