Menorah and Dreidel

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Menorah and Dreidel
Menorah and Dreidel

This menorah holds the candles that my family lights on Hanukkah. We spin the dreidel to win chocolate called gelt. The menorah was a gift to my family before my mom and dad got married.  My mom received the gift from her college roommate who I am family friends with today. The dreidel was given to me by my grandparents. My grandfather immigrated from Isreal and came to America for school. My grandmother came to America from Holland because my grandpa was here. Even though the dreidel is from a store in America it is awesome knowing that when my grandparents were my age, the driedles that they played with were antique and from all over the world. The dreidel sits in a cabinet above the fridge all year long until Hannukka. We use the dreidel and menorah on Hanukkah. Both objects connect to my identity and culture because I celebrate Hanukkah and so did my family before me. I learned that my great great grandfather was a rabbi and this menorah is very important to me because it represents the Jewish history of my family and my favorite holiday. 

Place(s): Israel, Holland, New York
Year: 1959

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