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    What's New At ModernTribe

    Suri Holmes Cruise : Green Doggy Backpack + Kitty by Manuella
    A child's backpack shaped as a dog or cat to contain a snack, extra clothes, and other important items. The bag can be carried as a backpack, handbag or connected to a stroller with its adjustable handle. Cotton corduroy. Made in Israel by children toy designer Manuella, this is the perfect backpack for the first day of school!

    Wash: Warm. Size:14" wide x 10" Tall.

    Choose: Yellow or Red or Green Doggy (The Suri Bag), or Green Kitty.

    Green Doggy will ship December 18th.

    Paper Dreidel
    At ModernTribe, we believe that dreidels are not just "Jewish tops". Rather, they are works of cultural art.

    This papercut dreidel is hand-assembled by artist Melanie Dankowicz.

    An intricate lasercut work of art, signed, and numbered, it is elegantly displayed in a rounded glass dome (5" x 7.5") with a black painted base.

    The perfect gift for someone who wants high quality, hand made Judaica with touches of old world antique elegance.

    Hanukkah Couture Cards - Singles or Boxed Set
    Aaron Potts N.Y.C. creates greeting cards that transport you to a world of high fashion runways and exclusive designers. The perfect Hanukkah card for the fashion maven, the style purveyor and the lover of art and culture.

    The individual cards are called Hanukkah Darlings with two beauties surrounding the menorah. Inside the card reads, "Have a fabulous Hanukkah!" 5″ × 7″ Linen card comes with an envelope and metallic seal. All in a clear, protective sleeve.

    The boxed set of eight are the Hanukkah Couture design with the single lovely lady. Packaged in a clear box with black grosgrain detailing, each 5″ × 7″ set includes the following: 8 cards (1 design) – 8 envelopes – 8 metallic envelope seals.

    Inside the card reads, "Happy Hanukkah!"

    Mainstream Stores Best & Worst for Hanukkah

    Of course I want you to shop at But if you can't, don't want to, or just don't have the time to wait for shipping, here is the skinny on some of the mainstream department stores' Hanukkah offerings. Have a beautiful, modern Hanukkah!

    Disclaimer: Some department stores vary their stock depending on the community -- so if there are many Jews in the community, they will stock more Hanukkah stuff. Therefore, these findings may or many not be true for your "brick and mortar" location.

    I have covered Target in previous posts.

    Uh oh, may steal ModernTribe's business: Crate & Barrel. They have two very nice looking nickel plated menorahs. I haven't seen them up close but, darn, they look nice and I'd love to be able to offer them to you myself.

    Some nice, but traditional, things: Saks Fifth Avenue. These Eleni's New York Happy Hanukkah Cookies look beautiful! Has anyone tried them?

    The mainstream of modern: Nambe at Macys and Bloomingdales. I plan to offer the Nambe line in the future. If you want Nambe Judaica now, they have it. I don't like the Nambe menorah however; it looks great with candles but loses its design appeal without them.

    "No products found for Chanukah. Did you mean chunky?" JC Penney, Dillards, and KMart come up blank in the Hanukkah department.

    Not my taste but a selection of goods: Walmart, Kohls, and Bed Bath and Beyond

    Jewish Product Bloopers Part III: Search for Hanukkah or Chanukah at these websites and get:

    Kenny G "Miracles - The Holiday Album." the only Chanukah item online at Sears contains one "Chanukah Song" among 10 other Christmas songs. But, I do believe Kenny is Jewish.

    A Nativity Votive!? Watch those keywords Bloomingdales!

    Woof & Poof Jolly Old Saint Nick at Nordstrom along with rows and rows of other Christmas decorations. I still consider snowmen, angels, and fairies Christmas decor. Do you?

    Warning: Target misses with their gelt.

    I've tasted a lot of gelt. When we were trying to pick a gelt to sell with No Limit Texas Dreidel we got samples from Israel, Belgium, and around the USA. Target's is decidedly, and by no slim margin, the worst I've ever tasted. It's waxy, greasy, and tasteless. Maybe they confused the Hanukkah candles with the Hanukkah gelt? It pains me because Target has it's own brand of gourmet-ish chocolate called Choxie. I want to see this massive merchandising machine create gourmet Choxie gelt. Let's work on that one for Hanukkah 2008.

    Here's the Hanukkah display for Target and then that's it for criticizing my favorite store for it's Hanukkah missteps. (I do it 'cause I luv ya, Target!)

    Cute Hanukkah Stuff at Target!... (for dogs)

    Jewish Product Bloopers Part Two:
    Target has cute Hanukkah stuff for dogs but not people.

    On October 31, Halloween day, Target had moved the Halloween stuff to the end caps and stocked the aisles with Christmas decorations. Of course I immediately went to search for the Chanukah end cap to see how my favorite store is representing my favorite holiday.

    On the way to "Stationery" (which is where Hanukkah stuff is displayed), I passed pet supplies. "Whoa! is that a Hanukkah dog sweater? And a cute silver collar with a star of David?" Absolutely. Isaac Mizrahi has included Hanukkah stuff for dogs in his winter line of doggy accoutrement. I immediately picked out a sweater and collar for my doggy then headed toward Stationery.

    How's the Hanukkah stuff for people? Disappointing as usual. The end cap included: cheap, "Made in China" branch menorahs: one in "gold tone" one in "silver tone." I took one of the menorahs out of the box so I could see the quality. To say it was cheaply made is being nice: I could see the screws that attached the stems. I'm not going to go on... because it will sound nasty and I am a nice person. I just have zero tolerance for schlock!

    I will let a picture say 1000 words. I plan to take a snapshot of the display to illustrate this post. Check back soon. In the mean time enjoy pics of cute Zavy in her Mizrahi attire.