New menorah designs
This year, Hanukkah starts at sunset on Wednesday, which also happens to be the night before Thanksgiving. Finding a menorah that everyone is thankful for is made less challenging with this year's fresh crop of choices. These designs, which range from fanciful to polished, will ensure that your holiday table will be a joy to behold, not just for eight nights, but for years to come. --LARA EWEN. Special to Newsday
Even if you're away from home this Hanukkah, you'll be able to celebrate with this Traveler Hanukkah Candlesticks menorah from NadavArt ($99.95). The anodized aluminum menorah, built in the shape of the Old City wall, folds for travel and comes in eight colors. Suitable for both oil and wax candles. Available at Judaica of Great Neck, 107 Middle Neck Rd., 516-482-4729.
The Tamara Baskin Art Glass menorah ($239), in a block and weave pattern, is available at Zion Lion in Huntington and New Hyde Park.
Polished minimalism sets this Nambé menorah ($160) apart. Made from a metal alloy and designed by Marilyn Davidson, the 7-inch-high piece features a flared, double-skirted base. Available online only at nordstrom.com.
This tastefully mod Bel Air menorah from Jonathan Adler ($198) brightens the holidays with a touch of cheerful color. Six-inch-high hand-cast blocks of Lucite are topped with tooled metal grommets and feature geometric detailing. Available in blue at Thea, 250 S. Service Rd., Roslyn Heights, 516-626-1220, and in blue or orange at jonathanadler.com.
While it's certainly not the most traditional religious item, nothing can match the sheer joy of this Princess menorah from Aviv Judaica ($59.99). Complete with princesses, carriage, castle and sparkly trim, this sugar-sweet menorah is certain to bring a smile to girlie girls young and old. Available at Zion Lion, 390 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights, 516-437-5466, and 444 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-549-5155.
A wall of woven copper is held up by two steel Lions of Judah in this 12-inch-wide A70 menorah by Gary Rosenthal Collection ($150). The woven copper pieces are crafted by one of two autistic artisans on the Gary Rosenthal staff. Available at Yussel's Place, 30A Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-223-7050; yusselsplace.com.
Finished with dozens of hand-set Swarovski crystals and glass baubles, this Olivia Riegel Tree menorah ($175) is an enchanting way to bring the holidays to life. The 8-inch-high piece is made of hand-enameled cast pewter with an antique brass finish. Available at Bloomingdale's Roosevelt Field.