This post was written by interns John Hanson and Eliana Schechter.
Each Chanukah, we remember how the Maccabees stood up for what they believed in – and today we continue that tradition of supporting our favorite causes. Our Museum has a great shop full of gifts that will not only please everyone on your list, but will do some good in the process. It’s a holiday two-for that you can feel good about. We can work to save our world, just like when Mindy saved Hanukkah at the Eldridge Street Synagogue (in the book by the same name!)! This favorite holiday book is sadly now out of print, which means one of the only places you can get it is right here at the Museum at Eldridge Street shop. Come by to pick up your copy – you’ll be checking items off your list while supporting our Museum!
But our gift shop includes a lot more than just books. This season we’re featuring Chanukah terrariums and menorahs specially designed by Luludi Living Art. These art pieces are really unique and will add some serious pizzazz to any home. Made right here in New York City, they emphasize our commitment to supporting the environment (check out the most recent eco-friendly project we completed) and local artisans. The terrariums each include a charming art-glass dreidel that can be removed if you wish – and with some TLC both the terrarium and moss menorahs will long outlast the holiday season.
We know pink isn’t usually the first color we associate with Hanukkah, but this year it can help you make a Chanukah statement with each night of the holiday. These pink ‘Chanukah for a Cause’ candles are a lovely pink hue, and a portion of all proceeds support Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Your purchase will help fund the meaningful and crucial work of this organization. Looking for a more classic blue candle option? Rite Lite’s blue candles support the Jewish National Fund’s programs for water resource management and horticulture in Israel.
Rite Lite was founded by Jacob Rosenthal, a Holocaust survivor who is committed to making quality Judaica items that make a positive impact in the world. With the Rite Lite DIY Menorah Kit, the whole family can share the Chanukah story while building a menorah together.
You’ll need a card to accompany all those gifts, so come by and stock up on holiday cards as well! From illustrative cards to ones depicting historic Lower East Side, we have plenty of options to choose from. Eldridge Street even offers cards designed by two local Manhattan artists Sharon Gross & Mark Podwal!
And just like during the rest of the year, you could give the gift of charity with a tax-deductible donation to the Museum at Eldridge Street. You can donate in any amount you’d like, and all the funds will go directly to supporting the future of our spectacular piece of New York, Jewish, and American history.
This is just the tip of the Chanukah iceberg at Eldridge! So if you’re still not sure what to get for everyone on your list, come on down and browse our whole selection in person. There’s surely something here to meet your needs. Plus if you mention this blog post, you’ll get a special 10% discount at the register! Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum this season.
John Hanson is a student in the Bachelors-Masters Cohort at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. He is sophomore studying art history, architecture, and design.
Eliana Schechter recently graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Religious Studies, and works in development when she isn’t at the Museum at Eldridge Street.