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With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Jewish Museum staff hopes to make your celebrating and gift-giving easier with eight beloved products for Hanukkah. Whether you’re lighting candles at home, hosting friends and family, or searching for unique gifts for all ages, we have fresh ideas for you — all available at The Jewish Museum Shop.
Artist Paula Greif makes each of these incredible objects by hand, so no two are exactly the same. Paula trained as a graphic designer, and you can see the graphic quality come through in the solidity of this form, which works with any style of home décor.
— Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
This piece is a limited edition based on a Hanukkah lamp in the Jewish Museum’s collection.
The artist, Karl Hagenauer, trained with Josef Hoffmann, one of the founders of the Viennese modern design movement known as the Wiener Werkstätte. Hoffmann’s influence can be seen in the curling stems and leaves and in the fluted base. I chose this Hanukkah lamp because I have a particular love of modernist design from the early twentieth century.
— Susan Braunstein, Senior Curator
The Loch Ness Menorah struck me as a unique and playful menorah for families. Being a mom of a 3-year-old and 19-month-old, certainly toys and objects with animals (real or imaginary) have great appeal. My son is a huge fan of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and this creature has a similar whimsical quality. It might be fun for them to think about designing their own menorah for Hanukkah and what animal they would choose. There are plenty of other animal-themed menorahs in the shop — it was hard to make a selection!
— Rachel Katz Levine, Assistant Director of Family Programs
I love the idea of eating on art. These are a wonderful way to brighten up a dinner party. And to bring it back to the theme of my life: Marc Chagall’s father was a herring monger.
— Josh Russ Tupper, 4th Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters
When I entertain at home, I love using this board to lay out our smoked salmon. It’s always a conversation piece. The size is large enough to make a statement, but it’s small enough for easy cleaning and storage.
—Niki Russ Federman, 4th Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters
The Jewish Tartan Tie has been an excellent addition to my personal collection of navy blue ties. The history of the official Jewish Tartan, now part of the Jewish Museum collection, also makes for a great story.
— Carlos Acevedo, Digital Asset Manager
I love mid-century modern design and this tray has that aesthetic written all over it. Not only is the tray functional, but it’s gorgeous to keep out on the coffee table all week long.
— Marissa Berg, Director of Visitor Experience
These playful and beautiful earrings designed by Jewish Museum collection artist Deborah Kass are an outstanding Hanukkah gift. They are delicate and subtle enough to wear every day and I love them because they are the perfect mix of art, pop, and Jewish culture.
— Grace Astrove, Senior Development Officer for Exhibitions
Shop our complete selection of Hanukkah gifts at the Jewish Museum Shop or online at shop.thejewishmuseum.org.
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