Choices for the Chosen

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 Cooperative’s 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 year’s 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, it’s 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 you’ll 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

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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