Five Fab Finds

Published December 08, 2006, issue of December 08, 2006.
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Does your sister really need another set of scented candles? Doesn’t your father have enough ties? Forget the old standbys! Here’s a collection of brand-new finds that should satisfy even the most persnickety of relations.

Tuned In

Yuk it up with “George Burns: The TV Specials Collection,” a newly released four-DVD boxed set that features nine full-length specials with appearances by such comedic greats as Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Milton Berle and Walter Matthau. Programs include “George Burns & Other Sex Symbols” and “George Burns Tells How To Live To Be 100… or More.”

Wal-Mart, Borders, Barnes and Noble,, $39.99.

New Sounds

“Zingt! A Celebration of Yiddish Choral Music” is a new CD that includes first-time choral recordings of old and new Yiddish tunes. Performed by the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus under the baton of Binyumen Schaechter, the album features guest soloists Joel Caplan and Steve Sterner as well as pianists Elizabeth Rodgers and Mitchell Vines., $18.

Kid Lit

Set during the Revolutionary War, Stephen Krensky’s recent book “Hanukkah at Valley Forge” (Dutton Children’s Books) offers a fictionalized version of the historical anecdote in which a soldier relates the story of Hanukkah to General George Washington. The book features lively watercolor illustrations by Greg Harlin.

Sold in most bookstores,,, $17.99.

Morning Buzz

Coffee lovers get their caffeine fix with the Hanukkah Specialty Coffee trio, three 2-ounce bags that include the Dreidel Blend, a combination of 100% Colombian coffee with hints of hazelnut flavoring; Celebration Blend, a mix of dark- and light-roasted coffees, and Festive Roast, for those who prefer a darker morning cup., (800) 221-0140, $7.99 per three-pack.


Get into the holiday spirit with He’Brew — The Chosen Beer. The Shmaltz Brewing Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with three special releases in this year, including the ale Genesis 10:10 and Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (a tribute beer to Lenny Bruce, the late comedian), and Monumental Jewbelation, which is made especially for Hanukkah., $8 for a six-pack, $5 for a 22 oz. bottle.

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