Chanukah gift guide 2015


Marmol Radziner Architects, one of the city’s leading architecture firms in both new construction and historic restorations, also creates furniture, home accessories and jewelry. Marmol Radziner’s Menorah ($140) channels a streamlined, modern sensibility into this ritual object made in L.A. out of walnut wood and brass. marmolradzinerjewelry.com

Bring some elegant warmth into your home for the holiday with Menorah Matches from Hudson Grace. The blue-tipped matches are 4 inches, and come in a 4 1/2-inch square, screen-printed box made in England ($12). hudsongracesf.com

Ben Medansky, part of L.A.’s ceramics renaissance, makes distinctive utilitarian objects in his downtown L.A. workshop. His Blue Band Cup ($48) is the perfect texture and size for cradling a hot beverage during the winter months. benmedansky.com

Liza Shtromberg’s Western Wall Jewelry celebrates Jewish life and Israel, and many are emblazoned with Hebrew symbols and phrases. Since 2000, Shtromberg has maintained a retail shop on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz; her Beverly Hills boutique is open by appointment only. jewishjewelrylizashtromberg.com

Jaffa Dolls embody an ideal do-good-while-shopping effort. The eco-friendly, machine-washable creations are handmade by Jewish and Arab artisans as part of the Arous el-Bahar (Bride of the Sea) Association for Women in Jaffa. These colorful, compact dolls ($34) — each emblazoned with a heart — promise endless cuddles and hope. jaffadolls.com

From abstract motifs to company logos, architect Gregory Roth of Burbank-based Modern Bite baking company applies show-stopping designs to kosher-certified shortbread cookies. Come Chanukah, the Modern Bite Festival of Lights Cookie Gift Box ($30) is a sure bet for anyone who enjoys a beautiful and sweet treat. modernbite.com

Your foodie friends will be thrilled to receive kosher La Fenêtre Wines. Under his Santa Maria-based label, winemaker Joshua Klapper offers three kosher options: pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, as well as a kosher blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot that evokes a classic Bordeaux ($40 per bottle, plus shipping). lafenetrewines.com

Israeli-born chef Tal Ronnen has been attracting kosher-style eaters at Crossroads restaurant on Melrose Avenue not because of any strict adherence to kashrut, but as a result of his wildly inventive haute vegan dishes. Now his recipes, techniques and plant-food-centric insights are available in a cookbook, “Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes From the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine” (Artisan, $35). crossroadskitchen.com

Shop local!


Communities across the country are waving the Buy Local flag in support of their homegrown entrepreneurs. Patronizing independent businesses in your neighborhood has a host of benefits: It creates jobs and keeps money circulating in your city, it reduces the environmental impact, and it promotes stronger community ties. So join the movement and check out these one-of-a-kind local treasures you won’t find at the big-box stores. 


Local massage therapists turned candle connoisseurs Erin Lichtman and Sara Schultz, founders of Agni Candle Company, create distinctive hand-poured candle creations like the Vintage Moroccan Tea Sippers ($50). These reusable green glass and silver designed sippers are filled with natural soy wax scented with peppermint, rosemary, lemon and lime essential oils.


Regina Allen creates the perfect combination of retro and contemporary styling with the Star of David Necklace ($130) and Hamsa Earrings ($49), handmade of sterling silver and new Miyuki and vintage glass beads available on her Etsy site, or contact her directly for personalized orders. For more information about the artist, visit ” title=”etsy.com/shop/gruvkitty” target=”_blank”>etsy.com/shop/gruvkitty and


Jerusalem Stone Blessing for a New Business (OR Home) ($360) is the perfect gift for a budding entrepreneur. Made of stone quarried from the Holy City, this 14-inch square stone blessing can be hung or placed on an easel. Personalization available (costs may vary).

19740 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 704-7100.


The Impressionist Hamsa ($20-$300), a digital mixed media print by Calabasas-based Jewish artist Jon Dabach, is part of a series interpreting the ancient Jewish symbol for protection in a variety of ways. Choose one to adorn your living room wall. Available in sizes ranging from 5 inches by 7 inches to 30 inches by 40 inches.


Los Angeles-based Me! Bath, founded by husband-and-wife team Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff, has created the perfect treat: ice cream-scented bath bombs containing a blend of oils, purifying minerals and Epsom salt. Enjoy a Triple Scoop Gift Bag ($27) with an array of scrumptious choices, including Café con Leche, Choco-holic, Birthday Cake, Mint Mojito, Pumpkin Pie and Land of Milk and Honey. Ice cream that’s good for your body. Hooray!