Chelm Hanukkah

Charm guests by adding an "Old World" feel to your holiday festivities.


Hanukkah Brisket: A melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket.

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Sweet Potato and Currant Latkes: An updated variation on the classic latke.

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Steamed vegetable of your choice

Hanukkah Challah: The tradition continues with this egg-rich braided bread

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Fruit Tzimmes: A fancy fruit compote. Consider doubling this recipe to ensure you will have enough for your guests.

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Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls: A wonderful beginning to tradition.

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Hazelnut Cookies: During Hanukkah, partaking of homemade treats is a way in which to commemorate the annual Jewish celebration of freedom. Create these cookies in all of your favorite Hanukkah shapes.

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Beverage of your choice

  • Share the soaring spirit of shtetl life with Chagall note cards ($14.95 for 20) and postcards ($9.95 for 30) from The Jewish Museum.

The Jewish Museum

  • Nu? Add a Yiddish accent to your invites with the All-Purpose Yiddish Knowledge Card Deck ($9.95 for 48 cards) from Pomegranate.com. Slip one or two into each envelope.

Pomegranate.com

Decorating Tips
  • Your guests will shout "L'Chaim!" when toasting with these cobalt goblets ($8.95 each) from Crate & Barrel, handblown in the Czech Republic.

Crate & Barrel

  • Sunrise, sunset, the Fiddler on the Roof Menorah ($80) from Jewish Bazaar, will shed a sweet, nostalgic light for generations to come.

Jewish Bazaar

  • Set an elegant holiday table with luxurious San Remo Table linens, blue sateen and velvet placemats ($6.95 each) and sateen napkins ($3.95 each) from Crate & Barrel.

Crate & Barrel

  • Encourage dipping with the apple-shaped applesauce holder on the whimsical Lakte/Apple-Honey serving tray ($35) from All Judaica.com.

All Judaica.com

  • Shake up your table with the Judaica Collection salt and pepper shakers ($12 a pair), an adorable traditional shtetl couple.

Judaica Collection

  • Based on an 18th-century Delft faience design, the Mazel Tov Plate ($25) from The Jewish Museum brings good luck and good cheer to your festivities.

The Jewish Museum

Enlarge Image Serve latkes and more on the Rockin' Rabbis platter.
  • Display Berry Silverman's handmade Rockin' Rabbis round serving platter ($94.99) on the iron ball plate stand ($9.99) or fill it with dreidels ($15 for 100) from All Judaica.com for a festive touch.

All Judaica.com

  • Dress up your menorah with unique Hanukah candles like the pearlized metallic spirals ($12 for 45) from Jewish Bazaar.

Jewish Bazaar

  • Bring back pleasant memories -- place a bag of Elite milk chocolate Chanukah gelt ($20 for 24 bags) at each place or fill the Hanukah Tidbit Server ($16) with gelt, for a delicious centerpiece, both from EverythingJewish.com

EverythingJewish.com

  • Sing along with the "If I Was A Rich Man" musical snowglobe ($40) from Jewish.com.

Jewish.com

Entertainment
  • Joyous music will put your guests in a holiday mood. Try Itzhak Perelman's klezmer collection, "In the Fiddler's House" ($15.99 CD) or the original Broadway cast version of "Fiddler on the Roof" ($14.99), featuring Zero Mostel, from TowerRecords.com

Tower Records.com

  • Share the shtetl silliness of the famous fools of Chelm -- take turns reading aloud from "The Wise Men of Chelm" compiled by Sandra Asher ($3.60 paperback) from Amazon.com.

Amazon.com

  • Everyone will want a turn playing with the Hi Tech Talking Draydel ($12) from Jewishsource.com. It sings "The Draydel Song" and tells you what to do for each letter the draydel falls on.

Jewishsource.com

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