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Local shul gift shops' unique menorahs

Local shul gift shops' unique menorahs

CHANUKAH EDITION
SECTION D PAGE 4

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.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:39 )

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Jewish deadheads see parallels between Judaism and ‘Deadism’

Jewish deadheads see parallels between Judaism and ‘Deadism’ CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 23 FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. — As a gentle snow fell on the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center last Friday evening, Nov. 30, some 85 people gathered inside a wooden lodge to welcome Shabbat — half in a meditation circle in which Grateful Dead lyrics served as a kind of mantra, the other in a more “traditional” service where the Lecha Dodi prayer was sung to the tune of the Dead classic “Ripple.” It was the second installment of Blues for Challah, a ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 December 2012 15:00 )

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Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2012

Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2012This year’s crop of entries was particularly interesting, with young artists using crayons, markers, water colors, tempera paints, fabrics, metallic materials, beads, and many more inventive media to create their impressions of Chanukah. Entries came from towns and cities across Colorado: Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Centennial, Englewood, Evergreen, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lakewood, Westminster, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Vail, Edwards, Avon and Ste...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:40 )

Jerusalem emerges as culture capital

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:41 )

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Pilgrims and Jews go forth together at Thanksgiving seder

Pilgrims and Jews go forth together at Thanksgiving sederSITTING down to the well-set table every November, even though it is filled with family and food, I always feel that something is missing — a Jewish connection to the Thanksgiving story. A dinner without the drama of the Exodus, like the Passover seder, leaves me just with the turkey to send my spirits soaring. It’s not that I need another Haggadah — I already know why this night is different: the stuffing isn’t made of matzah meal. But what about borrowing the idea of the seder’s fo...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:48 )

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