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While chanukiot and Chanukah-related gifts are available just about anywhere, including online, you might want to peruse your friendly synagogue gift shop before stepping out of the communal box.
Run by sisterhoods and staffed by volunteers, synagogue gift shops have evolved from a few cards, kipot and card games to a wide selection of Judaica appropriate for all ages, budgets and aesthetic tastes.
“The biggest thing I’m noticing in terms of trends this Chanukah are novelty chanukiot,” says Jan Fisher, who started managing Temple Emanuel’s gift shop in August. “There are menorahs designed in the shape of dogs, cats, Noah’s Ark, even a pink Cadillac,” she says.