Being Jewish, I do suffer from a touch of that inevitable holiday-season alienation. But I can always count on the Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperatives annual Judaica Show
, currently in progress, to make me feel at home in the midst of a sea of Christmas trees and creches. Absolutely the best place along the Front Range to pick up stylish Chanukah paraphernalia -- from contemporary and perky menorahs to playful dreidels -- the show also features a wonderful stockpile of year-round Judaica, including mezuzot, jewelry, seder plates and more. Standouts in this years exhibit include charm-embellished cut-metal mobiles and dreidels by Karen Rossi, a new line of whimsical pocket-sized travel menorahs from Acme Animals, colorful recycled metal wall sculptures by Denver artist Arel Mishory, enameled objects by Seeka, and hand-hewn wood-and-aluminum menorahs by Boulder woodworker Tom Buck. Plus, its smack-dab in the middle of a gift-shopping paradise of top-notch handmade merchandise for folks of any persuasion.
Shop the show today, and youll be in for an additional treat: BACC is hosting a kids Dreidel Party from 3 to 5 p.m., with a book signing featuring local picture-book author Nancy Larner and illustrator Pegi Balienger (A Mouse in the Rabbi's Study), a hands-on dreidel craft and games. The Judaica Show continues through mid-January at the co-op, 1421 Pearl Street in Boulder; for more information, go to www.boulderartsandcrafts.com or call 303-443-3683.
Nov. 14-Jan. 15, 2008