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70 Faces Media is Hiring!

shutterstock_206320942Looking for a job in the media industry? Want to work for a wonderful Jewish non-profit organization? You’re in luck! Our parent company, 70 Faces Media, is currently hiring for two positions.

Assistant Director of Development

70 Faces Media is seeking a high-energy, results-driven Assistant Director of Development to lead our grant development process by identifying new sources of funding and facilitating all aspects of grant writing and reporting. She/he will also be responsible for developing initiatives to engage readers and donors in the annual campaign.

Learn more about how to apply here.

Digital Editor (JTA

70 Faces Media is hiring a razor-sharp editor with digital savvy and creative vision to help lead our JTA News team into the future. For nearly a century, JTA has been the definitive global source of news, analysis and features on issues of Jewish interest.

Learn more about how to apply here.

Posted on January 27, 2015

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Introducing Jewcer: Kickstarter for the Jewish Community (Sponsored)

img1What do the Women of the Wall, a Jewish rock album, and a web series about making aliyah have in common?

They all raised funds by creating a community around their ideas with the help of Jewcer, a Jewish crowdfunding platform.

Unlike Kickstarter or Indiegogo, Jewcer addresses specifically Jewish initiatives. The founders argue that if these campaigns succeed, then it can benefit and even enhance the Jewish world. But it’s not just the focus on Jewish communal endeavors that makes this platform different.

Jewcer’s all about mentorship. They help folks turn their ideas into realities by walking them through the fundraising process, from start to finish. So if you’ve got a new project, big or small, that you think can make a positive impact on the Jewish people or Israel — through arts, music, technology or lots of other forms — this is the platform for you. And given their track record (they’ve helped raise over a million dollars for Jewish projects), there’s a very good chance you’ll exceed your goals. Visit Jewcer to get a mentor, start your campaign and get your philanthropy on.

(Sponsored.)

Posted on January 13, 2015

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Our Hanukkah Gift Guide 2014

Hanukkah this year begins on Tuesday evening, December 16th. In anticipation of the Jewish festival of lights, we’re sharing our top eight picks for eight spectacular holiday nights!

1. Modern Menorah: Let’s start with the basics.  We love this beautiful, sleek and simple menorah that’s sure to shine each night.

Modern Menorah


2. Rainbow Colored Beeswax Hanukkah Candles: Light up your holiday with these colorful and aromatic beeswax candles!

Wax Hanukkah candles

3. Star Wooden Dreidels: Sweet and colorful, these Star of David shaped spinning tops are perfect for night of dreidel playing.

Wooden dreidels

4. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Gelt: What’s a good game of dreidel without the proper gelt? We love these chocolate coins, made especially for grown ups!

Grown-up gelt

5. Hanukkah Sweaters: Hey, they might call these ugly, but we call them an instant classic. Snuggle up with this fun and bright sweater, filled with Hanukkah symbols.

Hanukkah sweater

6. Songs in the Key of Hanukkah: Get into the festive mood with some classic Hanukkah tunes as well as some new ones! This album includes English, Hebrew or Ladino songs, sung by stars like Idan Raichel, Yasmin Levy and Y-Love.

Hanukkah songs

 7. Latke Server: Pass around your potato pancakes in style with this funky server.

Latke Server

8. Shlep Bag: What could be a better way to carry around all these fantastic Hanukkah gifts than with this Yiddish tote bag? 

shlep bag
We hope you enjoy the selection as much as we do!  Happy shopping, and happy Hanukkah to you and yours!

 

Posted on December 9, 2014

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Delightful New Videos for All Your Jewish Lifecycle Needs

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We are tickled to announce that our friends at G-dcast have just released a series of adorable new animated shorts all about Jewish lifecycle events, from weddings to baby namings to funerals. You’ll find them all around our site, starting right here on this page. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

1. Why We Break the Glass at Jewish Weddings:

2. What is a Huppah All About?

3. All about the Ketubah, the Jewish Marriage Contract:

4. How to Dance a Hora:

5. Read about the Gomel, the blessing for new moms:

6. How to help a friend in mourning:

Join in the conversation with our weekly Modern Jewish Life newsletter. Sign up here!

Posted on October 30, 2014

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We Just Won a 2014-2015 Slingshot Award!

Slingshot 2014-2015We have good news to share! We just learned that the Slingshot Fund has selected MyJewishLearning and Kveller as being among North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations.

In Slingshot’s words, “MyJewishLearning.com and Kveller.com are unique in their ability to host Jewish content in an agenda-free space.” We love being in a pluralistic community with readers as diverse and curious as you, and we value your engagement, whether you’re a first-time reader or a regular visitor.

We are so honored to be featured for the sixth year in a row and, as always, to be in such good company. See here for the complete list of this year’s most innovative Jewish organizations.

Thank you, readers, and thank you, Slingshot!

Posted on October 20, 2014

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Our 2014 Delicious High Holiday Gift Guide

Apple cake
The High Holidays—like many Jewish holidays—are a foodie’s delight. Whether we’re feasting on Rosh Hashanah or abstaining—and then feasting—on Yom Kippur, it’s safe to say that many people’s experience of the holiday season is replete with delicious nosh. And the foods are rich with symbolic meaning.

With the holidays approaching, you might be wondering what kinds of gifts are appropriate to give to family members, friends, and dinner hosts. Since everyone loves a gift they can eat, we’ve pulled together this gift-giving FAQ with help from our friends at Kosher Gift Box.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 24, Yom Kippur at sundown on October 3 and Sukkot on October 8. So nosh fast!

What are some basic gift items you recommend?
Since we’re talking edible gifts here, we dig Kosher Gift Basket’s Rosh Hashanah Traditions Basket and their Sweet New Year Basket. If you’re looking for a gift appropriate for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, we recommend this delicious apple cake or traditional round challahs (perhaps paired with a delicious assortment of honey).

Delicious basket

Is it appropriate to give a Rosh Hashanah gift to clients and customers?
Gift-giving is not a traditional part of the High Holidays as it is with Hanukkah, but we’ve never known of anyone to protest. And it can make good business sense. Some popular corporate choices are Shana Tova Wine Duo or Rosh Hashanah Elegance Basket.

What should I give my Jewish boss or coworker for Rosh Hashanah?
The best gifts for work-related recipients are probably non-personal items such as a gift basket that reflects Jewish tradition. Popular choices are our 5775 Breakfast Basket or a Honey Server and Dish Set with honey.

What do you recommend for a college student?
No better way to nudge college kids to mark the Jewish holidays than to lure them with delicious traditional foods. Our Rosh Hashanah Traditions Basket includes challah, babka, and rugelach—or you could send our holiday challah set. These gifts reflect holiday traditions and are great for sharing with roommates.

challah

Does my gift need to be kosher?
Unless you know for a fact that your recipient does not keep kosher, providing certified kosher food ensures that everyone can enjoy the gift. All items at Kosher Gift Box are certified kosher.

We are going to our neighbors’ for Yom Kippur break-fast. What should I bring?
After fasting on Yom Kippur, a typical menu for break-fast is a dairy meal: lox and bagels, sweet kugel (noodle pudding), assorted cheeses, blintzes and fresh fruit. For dessert, our Sweet New Year Rugelach Collection, apple cake, or our Holiday Lox and Bagel Basket.

What is an appropriate gift to bring to dinner in the Sukkah?
Because Sukkot celebrates the harvest, gifts that reflect this are optimal. A dried fruit platter or fresh fruit basket make excellent choices.

How can I learn more about the High Holidays?
Check out our Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot articles. There’s a few days of reading right there!
Honey jars

Posted on September 17, 2014

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We’re hiring a Director of Audience Development

shutterstock_161456912 (1)As we announced a few months ago, MyJewishLearning, Inc. and JTA are merging. Now we’re looking to hire a marketing professional to join our team as Director of Audience Development for JTA to join us in our New York City office.

We’re a small organization that has a big impact in the Jewish world, but we need help growing even bigger.If Facebook, emails and search engines optimization make you happy, this might be the right fit for you. We are looking for a strategic, hands-on, metrics-driven person to manage and execute online audience growth and engagement initiatives. In addition to working on JTA.org, you’ll oversee audience development for our partner sites Kveller.com and MyJewishLearning.com as well as help launch other new endeavors.

The Director of Audience Development will oversee it all: SEO, SEM, email newsletter, social media, partnerships, and site recirculation. You should be an expert at understanding our users’ behavior and enhancing their interaction with our sites . The best candidates are those who can big pictures but also enjoy jumping into day-to-day operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategy. Build and execute marketing programs focused on generating unique visitors and increasing engagement. Test, evaluate, revise and repeat.
  • Analytics & Reporting. Use Google Analytics, email analytics and other tools to interpret data about our users and translate into action-oriented recommendations all of our staff and stakeholders can understand.
  • Email. Find and implement opportunities to growth the email newsletter subscription base and optimize performance of current products.
  • Social Media.  Develop social media strategy. Supervise and contribute to the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and other social media presences with assigned editors.
  • Page Optimization.  Influence conversion through messaging, promotion, and landing page optimization.
  • Search Engine Optimization.  Serve as our resident SEO expert and continually deploy best practices in to grow organic search traffic.
  • Online Marketing.  Work with outside consultants to manage organization’s Google Adwords grant, paid SEM, and other marketing to drive highly qualified visitors to the site.
  • Partnerships.  Identify, negotiate and implement traffic-building partnerships with other digital media organizations.

Salary commensurate with experience.  This is a full-time, salaried position with paid vacation, health benefits, pension plan, and federal and Jewish holidays off.
Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 3-5 years of experience in consumer-facing online marketing roles, particularly with a content-based organization. Demonstrated track record of developing diversified digital marketing programs that drive sustained audience growth.
  • Deep understanding of the digital media space and broad understanding of digital strategies and best practices.
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience working with Google Analytics and Excel.
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and HTML a plus.
  • Self-starter who enjoys balancing multiple projects and priorities with varying deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – the ability to work closely with creative teams and to influence and educate on digital marketing principles..
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to write effective marketing copy.
  • Knowing about online fundraising, working in an editorial organization and enthusiasm for Jewish topics are all plusses.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

To apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and the following items to jobs@jta.org:

  1. Description of something you’ve recently promoted (e.g. brand, event, or product) and the steps you took to boost your audience.
  2. Writing sample (e.g. blog entry, e-newsletter, press release, pitch letter) from a job or initiative with a similar capacity.

Posted on July 8, 2014

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Our 2013 Hanukkah Delicious Gift Guide

Hanukkah’s almost here, so let us make the gift-giving easy! Send any these delicious, festive and seasonal kosher gift baskets or other goodies to your friends and loved ones (or yourself – we won’t tell anyone!). Until November 27th, save 10% by using our discount code MJLEM1.

Thanksgivukkah Nov 28 Browse more Thanksgivukkah Gifts >

Happy Thanksgivukkah Gift Basket
Price: $99.99

Sweet Potato Latkes
Price: $89.99

Holiday Apple Cake
Price: $39.99
Hanukkah Starts Nov 27 Browse More Hanukkah Gift Baskets >

Hanukkah Pure Essentials
Price: $94.99

Hanukkah Breakfast Basket
Price: $68.99

Sweet Sentiments Basket
Price: $199.99

Hanukkah Fresh Fruit Basket
Price: $99.99

Hanukkah Party Cookie & Rugelach Platter
Price: $56.99

Hanukkah Nosh Basket
Price: $164.99

Traditions in a Box-Hanukkah
Price: $39.99

Texas Dreidel: Play and Nosh
Price: $64.99

Rugelach Tin-“Best Mail Order Dessert”
Price: $44.99
Kosher Bakery Browse our Kosher Bakery >

Kosher Bakery Classics Care Package
Price: $64.99

Chocolate Meltaway
Price: $29.99

Challah Variety Pack
Price: $34.99

Babka Set
Price: $27.99

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake
Price: $39.99

Decadent Marble Truffle Cheesecake
Price: $64.95
Deli Baskets Browse More Deli Baskets >

Holiday Lox & Bagels Basket
Price: $119.99

Kosher Deli Deluxe Basket
Price: $249.99

Real Deal Jewish Deli Crate
Price: $129.99
Kosher Meals Browse More Kosher Meals >

Traditional Holiday Dinner for 4
Price: $274.99

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Price: $46.99

Gefilte Fish from The Gefilteria
Price: $74.99
Candy, Nuts & Dried Fruit Browse More Candy, Nuts & Dried Fruit >

California Fruit and Nut Tray-Extra Large
Price: $99.99

Chukar’s Sumptuous Assortment
Price: $59.99

Fruit and Nut Crate
Price: $59.99
Fruit Baskets Browse More Fruit Baskets >

Deluxe Orchard Fruit Basket
Price: $74.99

Mouthwatering Fruit Basket with Cheese
Price: $69.99

Mediterranean Fruit Basket
Price: $79.99
Mah Jongg & Other Favorites

Mah Jongg Platter
Price: $36.99

Maj Jong Menorah
Price: $39.99

How to Raise a Jewish Dog
Price: $16.99

Favorite Kids’ Chanukah Books
Price: $17.99

Hanukkah Round Cookie Puzzle
Price: $19.99

Menorah Puzzle for Kids 3-5
Price: $14.99
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Posted on November 17, 2013

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Shop Our Israeli Hanukkah Sale Today!

Hanukkah is less than 2 weeks away! We’ve got a huge selection of Judaica and Hanukkah gifts, all direct from Israel. So whether you need to stock up on candles or you’re looking for a menorah, jewelry, or home decor, we’ve got all your Thanksgivukkah needs covered. And until November 27th, we’re offering 10% off everything in our online store with coupon code: HANUKKAHMJL

   Menorahs Browse more Menorahs »
Nickel Menorah with Pewter Appliques

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Nickel Menorah with Pewter Appliques
Sale Price: $62   $69
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Yair Emanuel Tree of Life Menorah with Birds and Pomegranates in Lazer-Cut Metal

Yair Emanuel Tree of Life Menorah with Birds and Pomegranates in Lazer-Cut Metal
Sale Price: $50   $55
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Yair Emanuel Anodized Aluminum Hanukkah Menorah with Bright Colors

Yair Emanuel Anodized Aluminum Hanukkah Menorah with Bright Colors
Sale Price: $86   $95
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   Modern Menorahs Browse more Modern Menorahs »
Multicolored Kinetic Hanukkah Menorah by Adi Sidler

Multicolored Kinetic Hanukkah Menorah by Adi Sidler
Sale Price: $179   $199
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Hanukkah Menorah by CeMMent with Nine Individual Pieces

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Hanukkah Menorah by CeMMent with Nine Individual Pieces
Sale Price: $281   $312
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Multicolor Creative Puzzle Haunkkah Menorah

Multicolor Creative Puzzle Haunkkah Menorah
Sale Price: $162   $180
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   Children’s Menorahs Browse more Children’s Menorahs »
Dog Hanukkah Menorah with Purple Base and Paw Imprints

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Dog Hanukkah Menorah with Purple Base and Paw Imprints
Sale Price: $57   $63
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Yair Emanuel Multicolor Dreidel Menorah with Pomegranates in Wood

Yair Emanuel Multicolor Dreidel Menorah with Pomegranates in Wood
Sale Price: $141   $157
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Multicolor Creative Puzzle Haunkkah Menorah

Multicolor Creative Puzzle Haunkkah Menorah
Sale Price: $162   $180
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   Hanukkah Candles Browse more Hanukkah Candles »
Meorot Wax Non-Drip Hanukkah Candles

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Meorot Wax Non-Drip Hanukkah Candles
Sale Price: $5   $5
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Shalhevet Hanukkah Oil Cup Set with 44 Cups and Wax

Shalhevet Hanukkah Oil Cup Set with 44 Cups and Wax
Sale Price: $25   $28
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Ptilor Oil Hanukkah Candle Set with 44 Cups

Ptilor Oil Hanukkah Candle Set with 44 Cups
Sale Price: $30   $33
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   Safed Candles Browse more Safed Candles »
Multi Colored Safed Candles from Paraffin for Hanukkah Menorah

Multi Colored Safed Candles from Paraffin for Hanukkah Menorah
Sale Price: $8   $9
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Paraffin Menorah Candles with Multi Color Design from Safed Candles

Paraffin Menorah Candles with Multi Color Design from Safed Candles
Sale Price: $12   $13
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Safed Candles for Hanukkah Menorah in Multi Toned Blue

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Safed Candles for Hanukkah Menorah in Multi Toned Blue
Sale Price: $8   $9
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   Dreidels Browse more Dreidels »
Acrylic Hanukkah Dreidel of Sparkling Blue

Acrylic Hanukkah Dreidel of Sparkling Blue
Sale Price: $18   $20
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Yair Emanuel Laser Cut Dreidel with Hand Painted Decorations and Hebrew Text

Yair Emanuel Laser Cut Dreidel with Hand Painted Decorations and Hebrew Text
Sale Price: $10   $11
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Sterling Silver Hanukkah Dreidel with Jerusalem Squares

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Sterling Silver Hanukkah Dreidel with Jerusalem Squares
Sale Price: $32   $36
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   Candles Storage Browse more Candles Storage »
Yair Emanuel Aluminum Cast Candle Storage Menorah in Silver Tone

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Yair Emanuel Aluminum Cast Candle Storage Menorah in Silver Tone
Sale Price: $34   $38
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Yair Emanuel Aluminum Star of David Candle Storage Menorah in Blue

Yair Emanuel Aluminum Star of David Candle Storage Menorah in Blue
Sale Price: $44   $49
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Yair Emanuel Aluminum Cast Candle Storage Menorah in Magenta Tones

Yair Emanuel Aluminum Cast Candle Storage Menorah in Magenta Tones
Sale Price: $34   $38
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   Seven Branch Menorahs Browse more Seven Branch Menorahs »
Yair Emanuel Silver Anodized Aluminum Seven Branch Menorah

Yair Emanuel Silver Anodized Aluminum Seven Branch Menorah
Sale Price: $77   $85
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Jerusalem Menorah

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Jerusalem Menorah
Sale Price: $40   $44
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24k Gold Plated 7 Branch Menorah with Turquoise Flowers and Sapphire Crystals

24k Gold Plated 7 Branch Menorah with Turquoise Flowers and Sapphire Crystals
Sale Price: $104   $116
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   Menorah Jewelry Browse more Menorah Jewelry »
18k Yellow Gold Menorah Pendant with Traditional Design, Diamonds and Rubies

18k Yellow Gold Menorah Pendant with Traditional Design, Diamonds and Rubies
Sale Price: $2,457   $2,730
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Decorative Menorah Pendant with Chain in Two-Tone 14k Gold

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Decorative Menorah Pendant with Chain in Two-Tone 14k Gold
Sale Price: $360   $400
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14k Yellow Gold Menorah Pendant with Brick Pattern and Cutout Flames

14k Yellow Gold Menorah Pendant with Brick Pattern and Cutout Flames
Sale Price: $234   $260
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   Match Boxes & Holders Browse more Match Boxes & Holders »
Yair Emanuel Kitchen Sized Wooden Matchbox Holder with Western Wall design

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Yair Emanuel Kitchen Sized Wooden Matchbox Holder with Western Wall design
Sale Price: $14   $16
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Match Box with Star of David and Abstract Jerusalem

Match Box with Star of David and Abstract Jerusalem
Sale Price: $10   $11
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Glass Matchbox for Shabbat with Red Pomegranate

Glass Matchbox for Shabbat with Red Pomegranate
Sale Price: $7   $8
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Posted on November 14, 2013

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From Menorahs to Candles: A Hanukkah Shopping Guide

Hanukkah’s on the horizon. Got your menorah? Candles? Gelt? Check out our snazzy picks for holidays basics, and be prepared when the sun goes down on Wednesday, November, 27.

Looking for something a little…Southern? Check out our “Shalom, Y’all!” Southern & Jewish Gift Guide and our Outdoorsy Hanukkah Gift Guide!

And now, for the basics:

This colorful Israeli menorah ($95) makes a unique and beautiful gift, and would look gorgeous glowing in the window.

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These Handcrafted, dripless Hanukkah candles ($14.50) from Safed, Israel come in blue, orange, and red, and will burn without a trace.

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And now, candles crafted for the eco-conscious family. These Hand-Dipped Beeswax Chanukah Candles ($16.99) are made from renewable resources and packaged with recycled materials— can’t go wrong with these!

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Everybody loves gelt on Hanukkah and we all usually consume LOTS of it. That’s why we found the cheapest option with the most gelt with these Milk Chocolate Gelt Coins. 24-pack! ($10.19).

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Hanukkah ain’t complete without a game or two of dreidel. This package of Large, Natural Wood Dreidels ($8.95) will do the trick!

dreidels

Ok, but nu, have you eaten? Inspire your own Thanksgivukkah latkes, or to inspire someone else’s? Check out one of our favorite cookbook pics of the season, The New Jewish Table ($22.99). We get hungry just looking at the photos!

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Here is the ultimate gift for faraway family and friends — or for yourself if you’re tired of cooking! This Hanukkah Pure Essentials ($94.99) gift basket includes: fresh baked challah, babka, rugelach, California dried fruit (plums, apricot, peaches, pears), and 1 large wooden dreidel. And until 11/24 you can save 10% on all Kosher Gift Box orders with code MJLEM1!

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Hope these picks help get your Hanukkah planning underwayThanksgivukkah planning, that is!

Posted on November 6, 2013

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