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Experts have recommended word games and learning new languages as ways for us to stimulate our brains. We’d like to add planning observations of Jewish holidays and festivals to that list, particularly in 2013! Labor Day was barely over before we were dipping our apples in honey at shul during Rosh Hashanah, and this year, we’ll light the first candles in our menorahs before we gather at a Thanksgiving feast. Chanukah begins on Wednesday evening, November 27. Before Thanksgiving, before Black Friday, before Cyber Monday. There are meals to plan! Presents to buy! Dreidels to make! The Jewish News is here to help, in this first of two special sections dedicated to Chanukah (the next one appears in your Nov. 25 edition of the News). Inside you can read recollections from community members about Chanukah gifts—their favorite ever (a beanbag chair), their most memorable (a Hoover upright), and one that’s perpetually on a wish list (a trip to Paris. Hint, hint.). Within this section, you’ll find a list of community Chanukah events, exceptional area shops and boutiques that sell Judaica, and some tried and true recipes that will make meals on any of your eight nights—including Thanksgiving—memorable. And while we’ve got your brain in an elevated thinking mode, please think about others as well. Join us in helping brighten local families’ holidays by participating in the Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s annual Chanukah Gift Program, and the new UJFT program, 8 Days of Giving, that provides a Chanukah gift basket to needy Jewish families in Hungary (see articles in our main section). The staff of the Jewish News p.s. Please visit our Facebook page to share your memories of Chanukah gifts past, or to—hint hint—let others know what’s on your wish list!
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Greatest Chaukah gifts We asked readers of all ages about their favorite or most memorable Chanukah gift…either that they have received or have given. Their responses run the gamut, from practical to nostalgic to romantic to heart-warming. What would your answer be? Rebecca Bickford
Maybe not the best, but the most memorable present I ever got— My sister and I were in charge of the household chores and we had one of these multisystem vacuums that was a pain to lug up and down the stairs. We kept complaining about it and tried to use it as an excuse not to finish our chores. One year—I was young, late elementary school or middle school, my sister and I ripped open the paper from our last Chanukah present, and we saw these big vacuum cleaner boxes. We thought, surely, they must be just using the box, and that it was a decoy. Inside, I thought I would see the boombox that I really wanted—the kind with a Kimberly and Rebecca Bickford. record player on top so I could play my mom’s old records. (It was the ’90s. Boomboxes were hot!) But it wasn’t a boombox. It was a vacuum cleaner. An upright of my very own. I got a green one to vacuum the upstairs, and my sister got a blue one—for the downstairs. I eventually did wind up getting that boombox, either for my birthday or Chanukah the next year. And it did have a record player and I was able to play my mom’s old records.
Ron and I had been dating for about nine months and I decided to buy matching work shirts (that was the fashion) for us as a Chanukah gift. I was on winter break from Hofstra. Since the dorms had closed, I was staying with his family in Queens for a few days so I could finish teaching at Hebrew school before going home to see my family in Richmond, Va. Ron lived and worked in Newburgh, N.Y., 75 miles from his parents and he planned to come “home” to see me before I left for Chanukah and Richmond. We planned to exchange our gifts before I left and Alene and Ron Kaufman at their wedding, 14 months after the I, always the hopeless romantic, was so excited that engagement on Chanukah. we would have our matching shirts. Ron arrived at his parents at midnight on Saturday night, awakened me to tell me that he had arrived, and slipped an engagement ring on my finger! That was 40 years ago and every day has been a gift! (And I bet we still have those shirts somewhere….)
White building blocks and race car tracks. So who needs video games?
Anne Kramer When our kids, Carra and Franklin, were young, we always celebrated Chanukah for eight days. After a while, it just became too much, so we decided that on one of the nights we’d give up presents for ourselves and instead, shop for others who might not get as many gifts. For a few years, we went to the mall and Ed and Anne Kramer. would take an angel off of the tree and buy for that child; then we started buying toys for Ohef Sholom’s Religious School’s collection to give to Jewish Family Service. Ultimately, it was fun to buy for other people and I believe our kids really did enjoy the process. 32 | Jewish News | November 11, 2013 | Chanukah | jewishnewsva.org
When I was 16, I got a car for Chanukah. It was mainly for my birthday—which is at the end of November-—but since it’s so close to Chanukah, when my parents gave me my present, I was told, “Happy birthday AND happy Chanukah.” When I was 18, I got another memorable Chanukah present—a trip to Rio. We have relatives there and I got to visit them. Two great presents.
Dana Cohen and Michael Cohen.
Dana Cohen I didn’t really know about Chanukah when I was a child. As an adult, in my family, we mainly gave money for Chanukah so we could get the gifts that we really wanted. I do have a Chanukah gift I would like to get: On my wish list is a trip to Paris. That’s it. A trip to Paris!
Hannah and Molly Mancoll
Hannah, 10, and Molly, 4, Mancoll.
One of our favorite Chanukah presents was a bean bag chair for each of us from Uncle Benn Advocat. They were kind of like two presents in one because the ginormous boxes they came in were just as fun as the chairs we each get to keep in our rooms!
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Chanukah in Tidewater 5774 Beth Sholom Village Chanukah in a Box Purchase a box from Beth Sholom Village and enjoy Chanukah without worrying about making latkes, buying candles, or picking up doughnuts. Order deadline is Nov. 18. Box #1 includes: (for a family of four) 12 latkes, 12 jelly doughnuts, gelt, candles, and a dreidel game. $30 Box #2 includes: (for a family of eight) 24 latkes, 24 jelly doughnuts, double the gelt, candles, and a dreidel game. $48 Box #3 includes: (for a family of 12) 36 latkes, 36 jelly doughnuts, triple the gelt, candles, and a dreidel. $64 Pick-Up Dates and Times: Nov. 25-27, 9am-5pm Nov. 29, 9am-330pm Dec. 2, 9am-5pm To order, visit www.bethsholomvillage.com or call Marcia Brodie at 757-420-2512 x 204. The Cardo Café at the Sandler Family Campus Hannukah made easy! 4 Potato latkes 4 Soufganiyot (jelly donuts) Apple Sauce, Gelt (par-baked, pareve) $10 Sour cream also available (Dairy) Pick up: 12-2pm from the Cardo cafe Tue 11/26, Wed 11/27, Mon 12/2, Tue 12/3, Wed 12/4, Thu 12/5 Thanksgiving specials (all items pareve) Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, S weet Potato Casserole, Corn Pudding, Stuffing, 2.5 lbs, $11.95; 5 lbs, $17.95 Sweet Potato Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie $11.95 Pecan Pie $14.95 Gravy 1 quart $11.95 Mini Challah Knot Rolls 6 for $3 Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 25 and pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 27 by 4pm.
Pareve desserts and challah available at Bake Sale on Wednesday, November 27. Order forms available at the Cardo Café or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. 757-965-6123. (No orders accepted after Nov. 25) Chabad of Tidewater Grand Menorah Lighting Extravaganza Sunday, Dec. 1, 4:30 pm In front of Waterside in Downtown Norfolk • Giant Menorah lighting • L atkes and Chanukah treats • Lively Jewish music • A ll participants will receive glow in the dark dreidel glasses • Doughnut decorating • Photos with Judah Maccabee & Dizzy the Dreidel. Free and open to the public. RSVP to email@example.com or visit www.chabadoftidewater.com. Commodore Levy Chapel Latke Fest 2013 Friday, Nov. 29, 6:30 pm Congregants/Guests are encouraged to “fry up” their favorite Latke recipe and bring enough to share with fellow congregants. This is a Dairy “Pot Luck” Dinner. The Levy Chapel will provide beverages and Cantor Sachnoff’s famous Challah. A short worship service will follow the dinner. Base access is required to attend this event. Military of ALL branches are invited, as are their dependents and guests. Military Reservists, Civil Servants, Retirees and invited civilian guests are also welcome. There will be a 3rd Light Community Candle Lighting before the Pot Luck Dinner. Location: Frazier Hall-Naval Station Norfolk. Commodore Levy Chapel is on the second floor. 1530 Gilbert St. Chapel Building located on the corner of Gilbert St. and Maryland Ave. Parking is available on Morris St. For further information, contact the Chaplains Office at 757-444-7361.
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Congregation Beth El Chanukah at the Children’s Museum of Virginia Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 am to 12 pm Beth El will be at the Children’s Museum of Virginia (221 High St. in Portsmouth) for a family-oriented program including a Chanukah craft activity and Chanukah songs before going into the museum to complete a scavenger hunt. Participants pay for museum admission. Students of BERS (Beth El Religious School) will have Chanukah celebrations during their fourth November session. Being able to learn four consecutive Sunday mornings in November is a rarity and the morning will be filled with surprises. Contact the office for more details at 757-625-7821. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater/Strelitz Early Childhood Center The HAT Gift Shop Monday–Friday, 8 am–4 pm. The HAT Gift Shop has an incredible selection of Judaica items for all Chanukah needs. Jewish Family Servie 21st Annual Chanukah Gift Program Jewish Family Service reaches out to provide gifts to local Jewish families, children, and teens in need. How to help: • Contact JFS to request a Family Wish list. • Create a Mitzvah Day tradition with family and friends and shop together for gifts. • Consider a tax-deductible monetary donation to JFS, and JFS will do the shopping for the items most needed/ requested. • P urchase gift cards from department stores, grocery stores, etc., and families can shop for themselves.
All donations should be made to JFS by Nov. 13. Contact Maryann Kettyle for more information at 757-459-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kempsville Conservative Synagogue Annual Chanukah Celebration Sunday, Dec. 1, 4:15 pm Join the KBH family to celebrate Chanukah with their annual tradition of an outdoor chanukiyah lighting, latkes, games, and more. Free and open to all. RSVPs are not necessary, although helpful in planning: email@example.com. Ohef Sholom Temple Kids & Kiddush: Chanukah Edition Friday, Nov. 22, 6 pm A special Chanukah craft for children third grade and younger (older siblings and infants welcome, too.) Open to the community and free of charge. Chanukah Shabbat Dinner Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 pm. Bring the family to Kids & Kiddush and stay for the Chanukah Shabbat Dinner. To reserve a spot, go to ohefsholom.org and
click on Quick Links to “Purchase tickets for Chanukah Dinner.” Adults $20; children 12 & under $10. Chanukah Shop Sisterhood’s Chanukah shop is filled with every and anything needed and wanted for the holiday. Chanukah Happening Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 am–12:30 pm Join Ohef Sholom’s Religious School for its annual Chanukah Happening with crafts, games, food and lots of activities. Free and open to the community, but reservations requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or 625-4295. All events take place at Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Avenue in Norfolk. For more information contact Linda Peck at 625-4295 or email@example.com. Simon Family JCC Latke-Palooza Monday, Dec. 2, 5:30 pm–7 pm First Annual Latke Fest comes to the JCC. Celebrate Chanukah at the JCC with games, a special Chanukah craft, dinner and a world class latke bar. Children: $7 ($5 for JCC members) Adults: $10 ($8 for JCC members) Families: $34 ($26 for JCC members) RSVP: 757-321-2338 or stop by the JCC Front Desk. For more details about this event, contact Jill Sava at 757-321-2306 or jsava@ simonfamilyj.org. Temple Israel Grand Chanukah Celebration Sunday, Nov. 3, 3pm Get little ones into the Chanukah spirit and attend the Grand Chanukah Celebration at Sandler Hall at Temple Israel in Norfolk. Exciting activities include a special Chanukah arts and crafts project, dance and sing along to fun Chanukah songs, latkes, doughnuts, drinks and more.
For Kids: ages baby through preschool RSVP or any questions: contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday, Nov. 17 Temple Israel Sunday School children will learn to make latkes from scratch. Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 am Dedication of the new Rashkind Music Education room in memory of Eleanor Rashkind with a brief ceremony and Chanukah song fest. This event is open to the community. Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 am The Temple Israel Kol Isha women’s group will present “Judith and Other Women of Valor and Action: Shaping our own abilities to become heroes by using strong Jewish women as role models.” Jewish tradition is rich with role models who exemplify heroic abilities while still remaining fully human. Explore examples of strong Jewish women and learn how to develop personal strengths. Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 am Rabbi Michael Panitz will visit Second Presbyterian Church to speak on “Introducing the Festival of Lights.” Visitors are welcome. Monday, Dec. 2 The monthly Torah at the Beach class will meet at the home of Vivian and Burke Margulies to discuss “Chanukah Miracles: What is a Miracle?” Sunday, Dec. 8 Shiv’im Panim La-Torah, a class open to those fluent in Hebrew and conducted in Hebrew by Rabbi Michael Panitz, will study “Chanukah: What is History and What is Legend?” Contact the Temple Israel office, 757-489-4550 for more information. YAD—Young Adult Division of the UJFT Light It Up—YAD Chanukah Party Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 pm Join YAD to Light It Up at the biggest event of the year featuring the band Vinyl Headlights. Ticket includes latke bar, doughnut bar, and open bar. Open to people ages 22+. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Tickets sold at www.jewishva.org/YAD.
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Ask for Chanukah stamps Chanukah stamps should be available at all post offices. It is the same stamp issued in 2011. Since it is not a new issue, not all post offices will order a supply. If a post office does not have a supply of Chanukah stamps, ask for them and contact Ronald Scheiman at email@example.com. This information is important to show there is a demand for Chanukah stamps that is not being met.
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For Thanksgivukkah celebrations, planning and simplicity lighten the load BARLEY SOUP WITH MISO
NEW YORK (JTA)—The phenomenon this year of Chanukah and Thanksgiving coinciding could mean even larger family gatherings than usual.
Makes 12 servings The addition of miso adds a delicate Asian flavor; the bright green dill, a nice jolt of color.
So here are some tips: Plan the menus well ahead of the special celebration, and pick recipes that are easy to follow and make them well in advance. This way, cooks can enjoy their company. Have a few appetizers available as guests arrive and dinner isn’t ready. One of my favorites is hummus, which I like to serve with cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers and toasted pita triangles. My recipe uses canned chickpeas, which makes it easy to prepare and is a huge time-saver. Hummus can also keep in the refrigerator for awhile, so it can be prepared toward the beginning of the week. I like to start my holiday gatherings with soup, and for Chanukah-Thanksgiving I suggest Barley Soup with Miso. It’s a delicious variation on the traditional mushroom barley that most of us know (and love) from childhood. This recipe is vegetarian, it’s a perfect fall dish and can be made ahead of time because it freezes well. What would Thanksgiving be without turkey? And Chanukah without latkes? My roast turkey is surprisingly easy to make. For Chanukah I like to make a Grated Potato Pancake, which is ideal when you are expecting many guests. (For another potato recipe, try the baked latkes dish in my latest cookbook, Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine.) Another holiday favorite for the holidays is Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks); make it ahead of time. To end the festive meal for this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, I recommend everyone’s favorite—brownies. The fudgy treats can be cut into any size or shape. They freeze well and can be served with sorbet or fruit.
Makes about 10 servings as an hors d’oeuvre or dip Makes 6 appetizer servings My family and friends always love this creamy dish, which can be found all over the world. Since hummus refrigerates well, I try to keep it on hand as a nutritious snack for my children and grandchildren. The canned chickpeas make this version less garlicky than the norm because the garlic is baked first. Ingredients 8 unpeeled garlic cloves One 15.5-ounce can Goya chickpeas, drained 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 1 ⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water Preparation Wrap the garlic tightly in a piece of foil. Bake in a toaster oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until soft. Remove and let cool until you can handle the cloves. Squeeze the pulp from each clove into a food processor. Add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, and cumin. Pulse until smooth, adding water through the feed tube until the mixture is creamy and has a mayonnaise-like consistency. Season to taste.
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Ingredients 2 medium onions 3 garlic cloves 4 celery stalks, peeled 4 medium carrots, peeled 1 pound white mushrooms 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ cup medium pearl barley 8 cups vegetable broth 1 bunch fresh dill 2 tablespoons barley miso paste (see note following Preparation steps.) Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Preparation It is easy to chop the vegetables in a food processor. Quarter the onions and garlic, and pulse in the food processor until coarse; remove to a bowl. Cut the celery and carrots into large pieces. Pulse them separately until coarse, and add to the onions and garlic. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel and cut them in quarters. Pulse until coarse and set aside. (If you chop everything together, the vegetables will become mushy.) Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Saute the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots for 1 minute. Add the barley and broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the soup along with half the dill. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the barley is tender. Remove and discard the dill. Stir in the miso and season to taste with salt and pepper. Snip the remaining dill for garnish. Note: You can buy barley miso in most health-food stores.
GRATED POTATO PANCAKE Makes 12 servings This large pancake is fun to serve to a large gathering—you just cut it into cake-like wedges—and it’s not greasy. Another plus: You can prepare it ahead of time and reheat before serving. Ingredients 4 large Idaho baking potatoes Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons vegetable oil Preparation Peel and quarter the potatoes. If you are not grating them immediately, place them in a bowl of cold water to prevent discoloration. Using the medium grating attachment of a food processor, grate the potatoes coarsely. Place in a dish towel and wring dry to remove the liquid. Transfer to a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add the potatoes, patting them down firmly with a spatula to flatten them and even out the edges. Cook over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes, until the bottom is golden. Invert the pancake onto a plate and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet to heat. Slide the pancake back into the skillet. Pat it down again with the spatula and cook for another 8 minutes, or until the underside is golden. Invert onto a platter and cut into the desired number of slices.
Makes 12 to 14 servings You do not have to wait for Thanksgiving to serve this dish, as it is easy to make and quite tasty. I often serve it when I have many guests to feed.
Makes 7 dozen 1-inch squares These fudgy bite-size brownies can be cut into any size.
Ingredients 14-pound turkey 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup dry white wine 2 onions 5 sprigs rosemary 5 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted Preparation Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Discard any excess fat from the turkey. Rinse it inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Season the skin and the cavity with the lemon juice, soy sauce, and pepper. Combine the orange juice and wine in a measuring cup with a spout. (This makes pouring easier.) Thinly slice one of the onions and set it aside. Cut the other onion in quarters and place it in the cavity along with the rosemary sprigs. Brush the turkey with the margarine and place it on its side in a roasting pan. Scatter the sliced onion around the pan. Roast the turkey for 30 minutes, basting with the orange juice-wine mixture. Turn the turkey on its other side and roast for another 30 minutes, continuing to baste. Turn the turkey breast side up and, continuing to baste, roast for 20 minutes. For the final 20 minutes, place the turkey breast side down. (If the drumsticks begin to get too brown, cover the ends with foil.) The turkey is ready when the drumsticks move easily in their sockets and the juices run clear. (The total cooking time is about 1 hour, 40 minutes, or about 7 minutes per pound.) A meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast should read 160. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover it tightly with heavy foil. Let it stand for 30 minutes. (This allows the juices to flow back into the tissues.) Place it on a cutting board. Pour the contents of the roasting pan into a small saucepan. Put the saucepan in the freezer for about 10 minutes, so the grease can quickly rise to the top. (This makes it easier to remove.)
Ingredients 16 tablespoons unsalted margarine, at room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the pan 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting the pan 5 ounces good-quality imported semisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces Scant 1¾ cups sugar 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Generous 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped Preparation Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan with wax paper. Grease the paper with 1 tablespoon of the margarine and dust it with 1 tablespoon of the flour. Invert and tap the pan to shake out the excess flour. Place the remaining margarine and the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Cover and set over simmering water. Stir from time to time until all is melted. Remove the top from the double boiler. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the sugar, stirring continuously until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in 1 egg at a time until well mixed. Add the vanilla and flour and blend well. Stir in the chopped nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, tilting the pan to spread the batter evenly. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes, or until the top is slightly firm to the touch and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out moist. Cool on a wire rack. Run a metal spatula around the sides of the pan to loosen the brownies. Invert the pan onto a board and cut into squares. Note: These brownies freeze well. Place them side-by-side in an air-tight plastic container, with wax paper between the layers.
To serve: Skim off the fat and reheat the pan juices. Discard the onion and rosemary from the cavity and carve the turkey. Serve with the juices.
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BOSTON (JTA)—A gift-giving, angst-ridden purple gorilla is among the characters who help enliven the Chanukah celebrations in eight new holiday books for children, families and young adults. One, With a Mighty Hand, is not about Chanukah, but will be a treasured gift to add to a family’s bookshelves. Tilda Balsley, the author of many children’s books, including four Jewish-themed Sesame Street titles about Grover, Big Bird and friends, brings two new offerings, Eight is Great and ABC Hanukkah Hunt. Thank You For Me! is perfectly timed for the confluence this year of Chanukah and Thanksgiving. For young adults, award-winning writer Ruth Feldman in a coming-of-age novel spins an intricate tale of historical fiction and fantasy set in 1964 Berkeley, Calif., at the dawn of the city’s free speech movement. Here are the new titles for Chanukah: Eight is Great Tilda Balsley Illustrated by Hideko Takahashi Kar-Ben ($5.95 board book, $4.95 eBook) Ages 1–4 Simple rhymes and illustrations enliven the colorful toddler board book that plays on the theme of the eight nights of Chanukah. Thank You For Me! Rick Recht; illustrated by Ann Koffsky Jewish World Publishing ($10) Ages 1–3 The illustrated lullaby, which can be read or sung, encourages young ones to appreciate themselves and all that surrounds them. A free download to Rick Recht’s companion song, “Kobi’s Lullaby,” and a link (www.annkoffsky.com) to a coloring page by illustrator Ann Koffsky are included.
ABC Hanukkah Hunt Tilda Balsley; illustrated by Helen Poole Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover; $7.95 paper; $6.95 eBook) Ages 3–8 A lively rhyming alphabet romp through Chanukah provides plenty of entertainment for young kids. Each large-format page is filled with cartoon-like illustrations and a simple riddle that can be solved by looking at the pictures of flames on a menorah, a maze to Jerusalem’s Holy Temple and plates full of sugar-coated doughnuts, or sufganiyot. Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah Jamie Korngold, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paper, $6.95 eBook) Ages 2–6 What preschooler won’t relate to young Sadie when her carefully crafted and painted clay menorah shatters into a
million pieces? Sadie’s spirits are lifted when she discovers that the shamash helper candle holder did not break. All’s well when Sadie uses the pink-and-blue shamash to light all the household menorahs, starting a new family tradition. Julie Fortenberry’s colorful illustrations allow kids to tell the story through the expressive and energetic art. The Eighth Menorah Lauren L. Wohl, illustrated by Laura Hughes Albert Whitman ($16.99 hardcover) Ages 4–7 In this delightful story, a young boy named Sam makes a Chanukah menorah in Hebrew school using a shiny rock he picks at a park outing. But he frets: What will his family do with one more menorah? In phone conversations with his grandmother, Sam confides that he’s keeping a special Chanukah secret for the family. Their relationship feels authentic and warm. Readers will wonder along with Sam as he tries to figure out the perfect new home for the menorah. Laura Hughes’ illustrations convey a contemporary, real-world feel. Grandma lives in a condo in an urban high-rise, and there’s a refreshingly diverse group of kids at Hebrew school. Rules for how to play dreidel are included. Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback, $6.95 eBook) Ages 4–9 Poor Esther: The endearing purple gorilla is looking forward to celebrating Chanukah with her jungle friends, but all the gifts she selects turn out wrong. Worse, the friends give her the “perfect” Chanukah gifts. But Esther makes it all right at a Chanukah party where good friends celebrate together and swap the gifts. Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster is a new favorite book for Barbara Krasner, the author of many children’s stories who is active in the Association of Jewish Libraries. “The illustrations are hysterically funny,” she writes in an email.
For young adults The Ninth Day Ruth Tenzer Feldman Ooligan Press ($13.95) Older teens and up Hope Friis, the teen protagonist here, has an enviable relationship with her grandfather, who as his health declines gives Hope the gift of a tallit that belonged to her grandmother, Miryam, for whom she is named. The blue threads woven into the tallit call forth a mysterious visitor, Serakh, who beckons Hope on a journey back in time to 11th century Paris, where she is challenged to save the life of a Jewish baby. The mature material, which includes references to LSD and tragic Jewish history during the Crusades, is not overly dark or depressing. Through curiosity and courage Hope, who has a stutter, finds her own voice as she faces tough, consequential decisions. The book takes place during the eight days of Chanukah, which that year fell very close to Thanksgiving, as it does this year. Great for a gift With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah Adapted by Amy Ehrlich, paintings by Daniel Nevins Candlewick ($29.99) All ages Readers of any age will savor the beautifully designed With a Mighty Hand, Amy Ehrlich’s adaptation of the five books of the Torah with stunning art by Daniel Nevins. Based on the original biblical text, Ehrlich approaches the Torah’s stories as a lyrical narrative. She includes the nuanced details and weaves a story line that brings the characters to life as humans, with strengths and flaws. Nevins’ illustrations draw from a rich palette of purple, red, brown, blue and ocher. In a full-page illustration of one of Joseph’s dreams, a copper-skinned Joseph stands tall and regal in his multicolored coat looming above the stars and moon. A two-page Torah genealogy, Ehrlich’s introduction and end notes offer readers helpful explanations to supplement the narrative.
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