Dena Levie


About Judaic Paper Cuts

Dena Levie, of Teaneck, New Jersey, designs and creates beautiful personalized papercut artwork. Dena has always had a love for the arts. At Stern College (Yeshiva University) she received degrees in both Computer Science and Fine Art. After a short stint as a graphic designer, she worked as a computer programmer for a financial firm. However, art was always her passion and she began to experiment with papercutting when her oldest daughter was born twenty five years ago. Since then she has made this her full time passion creating over 1800 paper cuts.

Dena enjoys working with people to create a personalized piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come. This includes hand calligraphed ketubot (Jewish wedding documents), family trees, wedding and Bar Mitzvah gifts as well as artwork for school and synagogue honorees. Ms. Levie has also designed greeting and holiday cards as well as invitations for weddings and other events.

Mrs. Levie has been commissioned to design pieces that were presented to Michael Douglas, Steven Speilberg and Bette Midler. She also created the cover of the Youth Dub CD for the musician, Matisyahu. Most recently she was commissioned to create a piece for the Jewish Children’s Museum in New York City.

Dena’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries across New York and she has been featured in several newspapers. She has traveled to Israel, Africa and throughout the United States to meet and exchange ideas with other papercutters.  She is an active member of the Guild of American Papercutters.

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Events & Art Shows

Jewish Women’s
Renaissance Project JWRP

Artist in Residence at the
Jewish Children’s Museum

Presenting a Papercut to Michael Douglas

UJA Papercut Show


Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Yeshivat Har Etzion Dinner

Institutions for which Dena Levie Has Created Commissioned Works:

Agudas Israel
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel
American Friends of Hebrew University
American Technion Society
AMIT, Inc. New York, New York
Atlanta Art Show
Bet Hayeled, Kibbutz Meirav, Israel
Beth Aaron, Teaneck, NJ
Beth Tefillah, Paramus, NJ
Chai Lifeline
Clifton Bikur Cholim, Clifton, NJ
Congregation Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, NJ
Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, NJ
Congregation Ner Tamid
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, NJ
Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, NJ
Congregation Sharei Orah, Teaneck, NJ
Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fairlawn, NY
Darchei Noam
Federation of Houston, TX
Gates of Heaven
HASC/Gan Exra Monsey, NY
Hebrew Academy Long Beach, NY
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Riverdale, NY
Jewish Family Services
Jewish Life in Campus (JLIC)
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), New York
Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), MD
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, NJ
JWC Atlanta
Kohelet, Philadelphia, PA
Kolel Los Angles, CA
Lev Hatorah
Lincoln Square Synagogue, NY
Manhattan Day School New York, NY
Maayanot, Teaneck, NJ
Nishmat, New York
Ohr Naava, Brooklyn, NY
Politz  Day School, PA
Princeton, University, Princeton, NJ

Project Ezra, Englewood, NJ
Ramaz School, New York,NY
Rambam Mesivta, NY
Riverdale Jewish Center, Riverdale, NY
Rodeph Shalom
Rye Center Art Show
Seattle Kollel,
Shaarei Tefillah
Shaarei Tzedek
Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Hewlett, NY
Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS), NJ
Teaneck Mikveh, NJ
Temple Emanuel
Torah Academy Bergen County, Teaneck, NJ
Torah Academy Philadelphia, PA
Toras Moshe
University of Indiana
Westchester Day School, NY
Women’s League NY
Yad Eliezer
Yavneh Academy, Paramus, NJ
Yeshiva North Jersey, NJ
Yeshiva University, NY
Yeshivat Ben Porat Yosef, Teaneck, NJ
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Riverdale, NY
Yeshivat Frisch, Paramus, NJ
Yeshivat Har Etzion, New York
Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, NJ
Yeshivat Rambam
Young Israel Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Young Israel Forest Hills, NY
Young Israel Fort Lee, NJ
Young Israel Houston, TX
Young Israel Lawrence, NY
Young Israel New Rochelle, NY
Young Israel Oceanside, NY
Young Israel Ohab Zedek of North Riverdale & Yonkers
Young Israel Passaic, NJ
Young Israel of Scarsdale, NY
Young Israel of Teaneck, NJ

What They Say About Dena

Julie A.

This evening, we presented my principal with the stunning artwork. Each member of the faculty found it be beautiful and the words captured her essence.

Thank you for producing such a magnificent piece. I know that she will always treasure it.

It was a pleasure working with you!

Thank you!!!


I wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you. Over this past weekend, I found a good time to present my wife the lovely papercut we designed as a Ph.D. gift to her. Leah loved the papercut. Many tears of joy. Obviously, that moment could not have happened without you. Your artistry and craftsmanship are truly top notch. I truly enjoyed collaborating with you and you made the process very smooth. Many Many thanks.


We don’t know how to properly thank you for your beautiful work of art that will grace Alana’s bat mitzvah invitation and provide a beautiful memory for a lifetime. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. So flexible and open to ideas and input and easy going about the whole process. We are grateful. Fondly, Ivan (and Alana)


My parents absolutely loved the papercut! They were completely thrilled. It was the exact right gift for them. The Shabbat together was great but the gift was for sure the highlight. The color was also perfect. Thank you so much for your time, talent, creativity, accuracy and working under a deadline. Marsha

Avi, Irit, Maital, Shira and Yoni

I am sure it is unbelievable to you as it is to us to see this shiron completed. Shehechiyanu! When we initially discussed having a papercut for the cover, there was some trepidation. There was nothing but enthusiasm when we saw the finished product! It is, as we are sure many said about your work, perfect!. The piece you sent us has made all the difference in turning our pages into a book. Commissioning this piece was the best decision we made in the three year process. We hope you enjoy this shiron with your family.
Thank you,
Avi, Irit, Maital, Shira and Yoni- Princeton University


I arrived home last night and opened the package.It is gorgeous and intricate like a piece of oriental art or filagree. Beautifully rendered with hidden mysteries. The blue is very intense and kind of celestial. I am sure Benjamin will treasure it. Thank you so much for all the work you have done.

Winkler Family

I just received a beautiful gift. I am astounded at the amazing details and beauty incorporated into this piece.  I have emailed all my siblings pictures and they can’t get over it. And that is just a photo!. We love it.
Thank you so much.
Winkler Family


We came home from having an anniversary dinner to the most magnificent surprise of the gorgeous, artistic, elegant, creative, painstakingly-rendered, totally beautiful papercut masterpiece that you made in honor of our anniversary. We both cannot believe how special it is(and we noticed ALL the details down to the last “rimon”). This is now an instantly treasured heirloom, made all the more special are the warm feelings of its creator. Thank you so much Dena for making duch an important contribution to our celebration of this day.


Thank you so much for creating the BEAUTIFUL paper cut for our 25th anniversary. Peter loved working with you and the result was amazing!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT! The whole thing is beautiful but I especially love the little chuppah and the 25 and that the kids names are in there and the beautiful words and the flowers- well, I guess I just love the whole thing. Thank you very much for helping to make our special anniversary even more special.