[Photos by Aimee Barrows for Shaw Media]
The shop, which was open Sunday afternoon, carried a variety of dreidels, menorahs, candles, gelt and other Hanukkah items. The congregation also held its annual Hanukkah celebration, featuring crafts for children and a traditional Hanukkah meal, on Sunday evening.
Jackie Gorman (shown, left, with her daughter, Caitlin), a congregation member who runs the gift shop, said it’s a nice option so people don’t have to drive closer to Chicago to find things for Hanukkah.
“This is a service to our community, and anyone is welcome," she said. "We’ve had teachers come to buy dreidels for their classrooms. Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the Jewish faith, and is more for children. It’s been blown out of proportion because it’s so close to Christmas, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.”
Caitlin Gorman was helping her mother, Jackie, run the shop. The 24 year-old DeKalb resident said she always enjoys Hanukkah and seeing the excited children come in to the shop.
“I remember [the shop] when I was a kid, so it’s fun to see. I always loved lighting the menorah and picking out the colors of the candles,” she said.