Collaborating with American Judaica artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren, the US Postal Service launched the “Hanukkah Forever” postage stamp, in celebration of Hanukkah.
A first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the stamp which features a colorful Menorah was held last Thursday at Temple Emanu El in Orange Village, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland. This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 18.
“Jeanette’s art came to my attention several years ago and I am very happy to be able to bring her work to a very wide audience,” Ethel Kessler of Kessler Design, who serves as art director for stamps at the USPS, says enthusiastically. “Her work has a glowing and joyful spirit and that’s what I wanted to add to our U.S. Hanukkah series. Stamps are a joy for me to art direct. What it entails is getting familiar with people across the country who are making interesting art that can be used at stamp size.”
The USPS states, “The stamp art features the design from an original wall hanging. The fiber art was hand-dyed, appliquéd, and quilted to form an abstract image of a hanukkiah.”
The stamp is being issued in panes of 20. It will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail one-ounce price (currently 60 cents). Kessler acknowledges, “First class mail may have dropped off in the past decade…But we still print over 10 million Hanukkah celebration stamps.”