Hanukkah at the Beach, AKA The Barbie Menorah by Jacklyn Huniu Long Beach State ’05

NPR has created a menorah, ornament, and kinara contest where you can win a some creative gifts from the NPR.org store. I encourage our readers to populate the pages of Flickr (thats one way to enter) with many menorahs inspired by life’s Jewlicious ironies, paradoxes, and guffaws. To win the NPR contest, create a handmade menorah or kinara (the candle holder for the Kwanzaa holiday)* or a Christmas tree ornament. They are looking for “designs that reflect the news of 2006.” They also welcome “quirky, funny and/or offbeat designs.”

Having been involved with our own menorah contest, Monster Menorah, for the last few years, I wish NPR and its staff much success… and laughs.

The Deadline: Dec. 11, 2006, no later than 11:59 p.m.

Judging: NPR’s digital media staff will do the honors, along with guest judges Phillip Torrone, senior editor of Make Magazine , Carla Sinclair, editor-in-chief of Craft Magazine and Jack Moline, rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Va., and author of Growing Up Jewish, a book of humor. Winners will be announced at npr.org by Dec. 15, 2006. Runners-up will be displayed in an online photo gallery.

Questions? Comments? You can contact us at [email protected] and we will do our best to respond quickly.

* Kwanza is the recently born African American holiday created here in Long Beach by Dr. Ron “Maulana” Karenga in 1966.

There are some fine print details included below, or check out the whole megillah over at NPR.org.

Practical Rules for the Contest: The ornament must be hangable. The menorah must hold eight candles plus a raised ninth candle, aka the shamash in Hebrew, which lights the others. The menorah must also safely support nine lit candles.

Very Serious Rules for the Contest: Only complete entries, including a short artist’s statement about the ornament or menorah’s theme, will be eligible for the contest. NPR is not responsible for improperly posted or incomplete entries. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. To participate, you must be at least 18 years of age or obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. All entries must include the artist’s name and e-mail address. NPR employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

Rules of Consent: Each contest participant consents to the use of his or her name, a photo of his or her creation and an artist’s statement on the NPR web site, over air ,and in all media and manner, now or hereafter known, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without compensation.

Image Content Disclaimer: The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

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  • I just saw a hanukia on Tel Aviv’s Ben Yehuda Street made from 1000s of folded gum wrappers…maybe I should tell them about it.