Kedem Auctions was established in 2008 by Meron Eren and Avishai Galer, both experienced professionals in the Judaica and Israeliana collectibles fields. Prior to founding Kedem, both Meron and Avishai had been involved in the purchase and sale of antique Jewish books, manuscripts and artifacts for several years. Avishai specializes in Jewish religious books (“Sifrei Kodesh”) and rabbinical manuscripts, while Meron focuses on items related to Jewish and Israeli history and culture. As the company’s co-founders and co-managers, their combined decades of expertise have helped build Kedem into one of the world’s leading Judaica auction houses.
Kedem derives its name from the Hebrew and is a direct reference to the past. ‘Kedem’ means ‘past’, however it also translates to ‘progress’ and thus indicates also a glimpse towards the future. It is the fusion of these two worlds that best defines Kedem’s offering.
Kedem employs a growing team of experienced specialists and experts, all passionate about their craft. The company is headquartered in the historic center of Jerusalem with a sales office in New York.
Kedem’s world-class catalogs are renowned for their accurate, informative descriptions and quality photographs. We conduct auctions based on the highest level of credibility, extending courtesy and respect to both buyers and sellers. All past auction results are accessible via our website.
Since its founding only ten years ago, Kedem has continued to expand its activities and offerings and increase its customer base to become one of the leading auction houses of its kind in the world. Our customers include private collectors in Israel and around the world and institutional collections all over the globe, including national and university libraries, public and private museums and archives.
Kedem offers a truly unique opportunity for private buyers and public institutions to purchase a small piece of Jewish history. Be it a rare book or ancient manuscript, a nostalgic poster, a letter signed by a founder of the Zionist movement or a work of Jewish fine art, Kedem offers you the opportunity to become the owner of an authentic and timeless reminder of the rich and colorful heritage of the Jewish people.
Recognizing and understanding the value of items purchased both as collectibles and as investments, we are happy to lend our extensive expertise to consult with customers wishing to invest in Jewish collectibles.
If you’re interested in selling an individual item or an entire collection, feel free to let us know. Kedem is always actively accepting consignments for future auctions or private treaty sales. A Kedem specialist will be assigned to consult with you and assist in your achieving the best possible result for your treasured possession. You are under no obligation and your information will remain confidential.
Selling and buying with Kedem is straightforward and simple. For your convenience, you can find detailed guides to the auction purchasing and selling processes on the Buy and Sell pages on our website.
Kedem hosts a variety of public auctions throughout the year. Our four areas of expertise include Judaica (religious books, manuscripts, rabbinical letters and objects); Jewish and Israeli history and culture; Israeli and international fine art, and Objects (Judaica, Israeliana and numismatics). Items from these fields are offered in three types of auctions: Catalog auctions, Online-only auctions and our bi-annual Rare and Important Items auctions.
We accept a wide range of material on consignment — from single items to complete collections – for evaluation and future sale. Kedem’s experienced staff of specialists carefully inspects and evaluates each item we receive and then works closely with the consignor to choose the best path of action, with the mutual goal of achieving the best possible sales result.
Private Treaty Sales
For those clients who prefer to sell their collectibles directly and not via auction, Kedem’s rapidly growing Private Treaty Sales department can help you find a suitable buyer. To date Kedem has brokered the sale of millions of dollars worth of items on behalf of our clientele, to both private and institutional buyers all over the world.