One of my favorite gift shops is the Jewish Museum gift shop in New York.
I met with Stacey Zaleski, Director of Merchandising and the brains behind the shop, this past spring. What was supposed to be an hour-long walk-through easily turned into two hours. (I was also with my twelve-year-old son, who not once told me he was bored, which is kind of a big deal.)
Once you enter the shop and begin looking around, it’s difficult to leave and even more difficult to leave empty-handed.
The Jewish Museum gift shop is the place to find that one-of-a-kind gift you just don’t see everywhere else. The museum works closely with artisans both locally and abroad to develop exclusive products that have a modern design aesthetic. And they’ve got more than just Judaica. It’s a great place to buy jewelry and accessories and gifts for the home, too.
They’ve actually got two gift shops. The Cooper Shop (in the lobby of the museum) offers an extensive selection of merchandise reflecting the museum’s current exhibitions and permanent collection as well as general gifts, museum reproductions and adaptations, jewelry, books, music, toys and inspired objects—all relating to Jewish life.
Celebrations, (located next door to the museum) is devoted exclusively to high-quality, innovative and artist-designed Jewish ceremonial objects for every holiday and occasion.
There’s so much good stuff in the shops that I’m splitting this post in two. Today will be all about Hanukkah and next week I’ll feature beautiful jewelry, candlesticks and more.
The Smart Dreidel teaches you to play the game. Israeli designer Laura Cowan included the instructions in vibrant colors right on this modern-style dreidel. This dreidel is included in The Jewish Museum’s permanent collection.
This colorful Space Age Dreidel, exclusively made for The Jewish Museum Shop, is an adaptation of a metal dreidel by Bonnie Srolovitz found in the permanent collection of the Museum.
Designed by Israeli artist Ido Drukker, the Loch Ness Menorah, made of modern, sturdy anodized aluminum, is sure to be a monster hit for Hanukkah. Each comes packaged in a natural cotton drawstring pouch. Made in Israel.
The Hanuka 21 Menorah from EightDays Design is an active octahedron, symbolizing the interactive and celebratory qualities of Hanukkah. With each new day of the holiday, the menorah must be turned to a new side. Each of the eight sides has a corresponding number of Hanukkah candle holders for each of the eight nights of the holiday. Made in Hungary. The Jewish Museum Shop is the exclusive United States retailer of the Hanuka 21 menorah.
Exclusively made for The Jewish Museum Shop, the White Corian Menorah is hand-formed by architectural design group S2BH. Focused on using recycled and industrial materials, S2BH chose corian® for its durable qualities as well as its ability to be molded into elegant forms. Each menorah comes in a white pouch made from sailcloth with a velcro closure, making it easy to store from year to year. Made in Minnesota.
Tel Aviv industrial designer Ariel Zuckerman seamlessly combines iron, beechwood and brass to create this elegant, Modern Menorah. Each candlestick is a slightly different shape and attached to a sturdy, iron base. The candleholders are metal and sized to fit both Hanukkah and traditional taper candles. The larger candle cups allow for Hanukkah candle wax to drip into the cup rather than the menorah. Every menorah is handmade in Zuckerman’s studio in Israel.
The Lumen 44 Menorah was designed by Alon Seifert. Made of black finished anodized aluminum with eight rows of CNC-drilled holes, each representing one day of the holiday. Unlike traditional menorahs, one could place all 44 Hanukkah candles on the first day and light each row according to the day of Hanukkah. Made in Israel.
Use this tempered glass Drip Tray under your Hanukkah menorah to catch any candle wax drippings and protect your table or counter top. The tray features the Hanukkah blessing for the candles in both Hebrew and English.
The Lights of Hanukkah Platter showcase four different Hanukkah Lamps rendered in platinum that are part of the permanent collection at The Jewish Museum. These lamps come from various areas around the globe and time periods spanning the 17th to the 20th century. It’s packaged in a beautifully patterned decorative gift box, which features the quote: “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light” – Proverbs 6:23.
Luminous Art: Hanukkah Menorahs of The Jewish Museum showcases a magnificent array of more than 100 Hanukkah menorahs from the collection of The Jewish Museum. Ranging across centuries and continents, the lamps shed light on the Jewish tradition that produced them.
These festive Jewish Museum Box of Hanukkah Cards are designed by Mark Podwal. Podwal is the author and illustrator of numerous books on Judaism for young readers as well as adults. His art is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. For more than 35 years, his drawings have appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Inside message: May the small lights of the menorah bring you great miracles.
All products are available online at The Jewish Museum Shop, and the proceeds from the sale of merchandise will be used to support the mission and programming of the Jewish Museum.