If gift-giving is part of how you Hanukkah, then these Jewish creators of Color have some wonderful options for you. The following creators have weaved their identities into their range of art forms. They’ve also given us the chance to bring a bit of their light into each of our homes this Hanukkah.
Light up someone’s day with Lauren Monaco’s original postcards
Lauren Monaco Grossman is an artist and cook who brings her talents to bear as expressions of her identity on her website Minty’s Table. Her cocktail postcards would be a perfect gift to bring to any of your Hanukkah celebrations or for inspiration of your own. Lauren’s “Happy Challah Days” cards are also a sweet gift to send as a set or to mail to people special to you.
Lauren explains the personal nature of her work by sharing, “Our home is a place where multiple cultures coexist, and many of the recipes on Minty’s Table celebrate our family’s Singaporean, Jewish, and Italian American heritages.” You can bring a little piece of Lauren’s kitchen into yours as well!
Purchase the cards here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Mintystable
Offer the gift of curling up with a good book and good food with “Lessons in Fusion” by Primrose Madayag Knazan
Primrose Madayag Knazan is a Filipinx-Canadian blogger, playwright and author whose first novel, Lessons in Fusion was published in 2021. It tells the story of a teen competing on a national food show and coming to understand the complexities of her Jewish and Filipinx identities. Not only is the story compelling, but each chapter includes a recipe. Be’chol Lashon connected with Ms. Madayag Knazan to learn more about the book and her journey as a writer. You can read the interview with Ms. Madayaga Knazan here, and this delightful book makes a great Hanukkah gift!
Purchase Lessons in Fusion here: amzn.to/3Y0nsiU
Take your pick of gifts from a range of Jewish creators of Color based in Israel
By supporting the Achoti Fair Trade Shop, you also support a deep commitment to social justice in Israel. The founders thare that, “The Achoti Fair Trade Shop was founded by Achoti (Sister) – For Women in Israel in cooperation with 16 social justice organizations that operate throughout Israel. The entrepreneurs in the shop hail from diverse cultural groups in Israel.” From gift sets to Jewelry, there is something for everyone.
Purchase the range of gifts from Achoti Fair Trade Shop here: https://achoti-english.myshopify.com/collections