If you missed the WRJ-Sisterhood Chanukah Market Place at Temple Israel in Memphis, there’s still time to shop. Located at 1376 East Massey, the gift shop offers the largest selection of everything Chanukah for decorating, entertaining and more.
If you are looking for Hanukkah décor to satisfy everyone in your family, then the Temple Israel WRJ-Sisterhood Judaica Shop is going to be your go-to stop to stock up on all-time favorites for kids of all ages. In fact, in Memphis, the Judaica Shop at Temple Israel is the last of its kind. Today the Sisterhood-run shop carries the largest selection of Judaica in the Mid-South.
“We are run exclusively by volunteers,” said Sue Pfeffer, a Sisterhood member for about 25 years. She served as president from 2010-2012 and also serves on the boards of the North American WRJ and Southwest District. She also manages the Sisterhood Facebook page, is involved with the Holland Bulb Project and has managed the gift shop for the last five years. “It takes a multitude of volunteers to run the shop, especially during the Chanukah Market place, which usually takes place a week or two before Hanukkah.” (Since Chanukah arrives so early this year, the Marketplace was held while this issue was being printed.)
She credits Temple members and Elaine Gieszler and Nancy Kline with the fabulous finds the shop offers. “When traveling to one of the many vendor markets including New York, we search for unique merchandise that is new, original, and of the highest quality,” said Elaine. “The WRJ Judaica Shop itself is a treasure trove of a variety of merchandise for every Jewish holiday and life event. Within that framework, we ensure we have merchandise at every price point. It’s a wonderful reflection of Temple Israel and the entire Memphis community.”
Menorahs prices run from $5 (for the inexpensive tin menorah that many people like to use while traveling) to more than $300 for collectibles. And since the emergence of families having each child light his/her own menorah there are styles to match everyone’s tastes. And candles, there is a large selection of candles to match any menorah style from standard, beeswax and organic in a variety of colors. They also carry oil cups.
The money raised from the gift shop, Chanukah Market Place and the annual Holland Bulb sale support many projects at Temple Israel including the Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School, Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center and MeFTY. They also help send children to Henry S. Jacobs Camp, support MIFA, Plough Towers, University of Memphis Hillel, Manna House, Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab, World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Mother Bear Project, Memphis Community Schools Adopt-a-School, and the YES Fund.
They also have a bridal and B’nai Mitzvah Gift Registry.
WRJ-Sisterhood Gift Shop is open 6 days a week while Religious School is in session.
Monday – Thursday 10 am-4pm
They are also open on Wednesday evenings until 6 pm during Hebrew School.