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November 4, 2016  RSS feed

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Postal Service issues new Hanukkah stamp

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Courtesy U.S. Postal Service Courtesy U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service’s new Hanukkah Forever stamp – made available nationwide on Nov. 1 – features an illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home.

The first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place at the Temple Beth El of Boca Raton.

Postal officials said the Florida location was chosen based on South’s Florida’s “vibrant Jewish population.”

The postal service, which has been offering Hanukkah stamps since 1996, has released the stamp during ceremonies in the Northeast over the years, but this year decided to scout new locations. The new stamp shows a lighted menorah glowing in a window pane with snow-covered branches in the background – you know, the quintessential Florida Hanukkah.

It is estimated that more than half a million Jews live in South Florida. Adding in the rest of the state, one in every 10 American Jews resides here.

“The Hanukkah stamp we’re dedicating today honors a religious observance that is more than 2,000 years old – and how appropriate that the word itself – Hanukkah – means ‘dedication’ in Hebrew,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams.

Joining Williams in dedicating the stamp were Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Rabbi Jessica Brockman, Senior Rabbi Dan Levin and Rabbi Greg Weisman.

“All of us in the Jewish community are proud to see our heritage woven into the philatelic tradition of America,” Rabbi Levin said.

The stamp was created by Artist William Low of Huntington, NY, under art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, who designed the stamp.

The last new Hanukkah stamp was issued in 2013. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The fight for more stamps

Only 15 million Hanukkah stamps were printed and it is up to the individual post offices to order them. Many post offices, as in the past, will not do so, according to Ronald Scheiman of Boynton Beach. A former postal clerk, Scheiman has been fighting for 20 years for more Hanukkah stamps and more frequent new designs.

“The United States Postal Service claims there is a ‘lack of demand’ for Hanukkah stamps and I counter that it is a lack of availability,” Scheiman said.

If anyone knows of any post office that does not have Hanukkah stamps available, Scheiman asks that they email him at and provide the city, state, and Zip Code of the post office that is not offering the stamps.

He also asks that folks report to him the reason Postal Service officials give for not having Hanukkah stamps.

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