The bright, airy gift shop at this former mansion—originally home to the Warburg family until it became the Jewish Museum in 1944—has one of the finest selections of both traditional and modern Judaica in the city. The globally sourced goods include tabletop ($8–$676), jewelry ($10–$525) and Hanukkah-specific (75¢–$12,000) items from designers such as architect Richard Meier and Israeli-born artist Talila Abraham. Dreidels have long since evolved past clay, as evidenced by Jonathan Adler enamel styles ($38), Tamara Baskin Judaica glass rainbow versions ($65) and ones fashioned from recycled magazine paper (small $12, large $20) by a women’s collective in the Philippines for fair-trade organization Three Stone Steps. Among the 70-plus menorahs ($15–$12,000) in stock, off-the-beaten-path standouts include lion-shaped candelabras sculpted from metal wire ($85), an amorphous style designed for the Jewish Museum by Karim Rashid ($50) and made-in-Israel modular travel sets ($125). Enliven Hanukkah parties with stainless-steel latke servers ($9) and letterpressed coasters (100 for $28) stamped with the phrase L'CHAIM TO LIFE. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Jewish Museum.
Between the ornate holiday store windows and over-the-top light displays in NYC, there’s plenty of inspiration when it comes time to decorate your apartment for Christmas and Hanukkah. Indie shops such as John Derian, Pink Olive and Mxyplyzyk offer unique decorations that put a modern spin on traditional trimmings.
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