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Dec 11 2014

No More Hanukkah Downer

By at 11:47 am

No More Hanukkah Downer

This is the year I’m changing my attitude about Hanukkah. Why? Because for the past 10 years, which is as long as I’ve been a parent, I’ve been a Hanukkah downer.

“Hanukkah is my least favorite holiday,” I’ve said and written countless times. Considering some of the other Jewish holidays I’ve embraced with passion like Yom Kippur and Sukkot, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get on board with Hanukkah. What’s not to like about lighting the menorah with family and friends, playing dreidel, eating latkes and sufganiyot, and giving and receiving presents?

Speaking of presents, the first task I have to accomplish if I’m going to enjoy Hanukkah is to eliminate my need to protect Hanukkah from Christmas. Nobody hired me for that job, and I’m hereby retiring from the self-appointed position of reminding people that Hanukkah is a minor holiday. I’ve put so much energy into making sure my kids know Hanukkah is not Christmas that I’ve lost sight of what Hanukkah is or could be. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 10 2014

Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in New York

By at 5:24 pm

where to celebrate hanukkah 2014 in new york

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 16 and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 24. In addition to spinning your dreidel and frying your latkes at home, here are some events throughout the New York metro area that will help you party like a Hanukkah rock star.

Manhattan:

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah Treasure Hunt

Who doesn’t love an adventure? Take the kids on a Hanukkah-themed treasure hunt in this century-old synagogue/museum and make holiday crafts and treats. $15 per family

Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side

Sunday, Dec. 14, 11am-1pm Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 9 2014

You’ve Got to Watch This Hanukkah Mash-Up Song & Dance Extravaganza

By at 1:59 pm

hanukkah mash-up song dance extravaganza

What happens when you get together a 10-piece orchestra, over 50 talented dancers, and plop them into the heart of downtown Chicago to celebrate Hanukkah? You get the Hanukkah mash-up song and dance extravaganza, of course.

Elliot Dvorin and the Key Tov Orchestra cover all the bases in this one, from Adam Sandler’s classic “Hanukkah Song” to the Spanish-language hip-shaker, “Ochos Kandelikas,” and of course–much to Mayim Bialik’s delight, we’re sure–The Maccabeats.

Check it out: Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 8 2014

Free Stuff Alert: Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Onesie

By at 1:55 pm

glow-in-the-dark hanukkah onesie giveaway

What glows in the dark, is made with 100% organic cotton, and is the must-have Hanukkah item for fashionable babies? Obviously, it’s this Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Onesie!

This bad boy will be the hit at any Hanukkah party, especially once the sun goes down. ModernTribe is graciously giving away one of these onesies to a lucky Kveller reader. To enter, fill out the form below, and we’ll choose a winner this Wednesday, December 10th. Good luck!

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Dec 5 2014

Free Stuff Alert: The Chanukitty Sweater

By at 11:45 am

chanukitty sweater giveaway

Well, if you’ve been looking for the perfect Hanukkah sweater for the little girl in your life, you can stop. This is it. The “Chanukitty Sweater.” Featuring both adorable cats and dreidels, it really doesn’t get better than this. Which is why we’re very excited to be giving one away, courtesy of ModernTribe.

(Oh, and before you ask why only little girls get to have all the fun, check out these amazing Hanukkah sweaters for boys, women, and men.)

To enter to win the sweater, fill out the form below. We’ll choose a random winner next Tuesday, December 9th. Good luck!

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Dec 4 2014

This Jewish Boy was Asked to Write a Letter to Santa in School. His Response is Perfect

By at 2:39 pm

jewish boy pens epic letter to santa

Recently, the woman behind the blog XO, Isabel got in touch with us with the above image and following message:

Proud of my nephew, Sammy. His teacher gave his class a writing assignment to do a “Dear Santa” letter and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Given that he’s Jewish, he had the choice to either not do the assignment, citing his beliefs, or to have a little fun. I’m glad he chose to have a little fun.

We’re proud of you too, Sammy. And we really hope you get the Infinity Version 2.0 Marvel Superheroes Edition. And that Santa joins in on the fun.

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Free Stuff Alert: Win a Chalkboard Menorah

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chalkboard menorah moderntribe giveway

Less than two weeks to go until Hanukkah, and we’ve got some more fun swag coming your way! ModernTribe, home of the cutest Judaica you’ll find on the web, is graciously giving away one of the most unique menorahs we’ve seen to date–the chalkboard menorah!

Your kids can decorate the menorah any way they like, and erase and recreate for all eight nights of Hanukkah. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and we’ll choose a winner next Monday, December 8th. Good luck!

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Dec 2 2014

Sponsored: Win “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel”

By at 4:09 pm

I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel giveaway

The countdown to Hanukkah continues, and we’re very excited to give away three copies of the hilarious children’s book, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel” from Scholastic Books.

Perfect for the whole family, you’ve never seen Hanukkah or the “I Know an Old Lady” story like this before. Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations offer hilarious parodies of great works of art.

To enter, fill out the form below, and we’ll choose three random winners next Tuesday, December 9th. Good luck, and happy Hanukkah!

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As a non-profit, we operate on a shoestring budget. Paid advertisements and sponsored giveaways like this help us pay the bills. 

Dec 1 2014

Sponsored: Win “The Mensch on a Bench” for Hanukkah

By at 3:33 pm

the mensch on a bench giveaway

The Hanukkah countdown has officially begun. There are just over two weeks before we dust off our menorahs and get this festival of lights underway (the first night, for those not keeping track, is Tuesday, December 16th).

If you’re looking to add one more tradition to your family’s Hanukkah celebration, “The Mensch on a Bench” may be just what you’re looking for. Featuring both a book and “mensch” doll, the set helps teach kids the story of Hanukkah and the importance of being a good person, or a mensch.

We’re giving away three “Mensches” to three lucky readers. To enter, fill out the form below, and we’ll choose a winner next Monday, December 8th. Good luck, and happy Hanukkah!

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The Top 7 Perks of Being Jewish in December

By at 11:23 am

Top 7 Perks of Being Jewish in December
Growing up, ours was the only house on the block with a menorah glowing in the window. This should have put me onto the fast track to Christmas envy, but it didn’t. I respected Christmas, but was never jealous of those who celebrated. In fact, watching my neighbors actually gave me a deeper appreciation for the simpler joys of Hanukkah. Here’s why:

1. Early-Bird Shopping. 

Celebrating Hanukkah means I usually have an earlier gift-buying deadline to meet than my counterparts. I have to get myself in gear way before Christmas shopping madness descends on the rest of the world. By Thanksgiving, I’m usually done. I spend most Black Fridays sipping spiced cider and recovering from a turkey-induced coma. Being Jewish means never having to freeze my tuchus off in a parking lot, waiting for a “Midnight Door Buster” sale.

2. Decorating Ease.  Read the rest of this entry →

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