The Megile Modern Menorah List. Hundreds of Beautiful Modern Menorahs.

Megile Modern Menorah List

Beginning in 2006, I began making annual lists of beautifully designed and unusual modern menorahs for those who wanted to participate in the tradition of the nightly lighting of the candles in observance of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) without the old style Hanukkia or Menorah.

The Megile Modern Menorah List

At that time is was hard to find any accessible and affordable Judaica that was contemporary, let alone modern, but that has since changed. Artists, designers and popular stores like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Target all carry menorahs now, most sold online, but that doesn’t mean they are all attractive or well-designed. So, I’ve separated the wheat from the chaff for you.

above: Online stores like Modern Tribe make a point of carrying the latest contemporary Judaica, like the Nail Mountain menorah by Seth Nagelberg shown above

This list doesn’t include cheesy novelty menorahs made in the shape of shoes, trains, school buses, dogs, dancing rabbis or cats. Okay, admittedly I did include the Motherboard Menorah, the giant Matchstick Menorah and the Galvanized Pipe Menorah, which may border on novelty to some, but have a Pop art and Dada-like style.

above: The motherboard menorah, pipe menorah and matchstick menorah made the list because of their Pop art and Dada qualities

The list does include modern and functional menorahs that range from high end menorahs by well-known luxury brands like Tiffany, Christofle, Steuben, Waterford, Spode, Lenox and Nambé to artisan menorahs by some of Israel’s finest artists, metalsmiths and jewelers.

above: Nambé Illume Menorah, new for 2009

Reddish design menorah
above: an unusual menorah from Reddish Design Studio suspends found candleholders in a white frame.

The list also includes ultra modern versions from such hip designers as Jonathan Adler and Karim Rashid and even menorahs by world renowned modern artists like Dali, Agam and Britto.

Agam menorah
above: the Levels menorah by Yaacov Agam is layered 24kt gold over bronze and was designed in 1966

Other respected brands with their own line of items like David Mellor, Michael Aram, Simon Pearce, Umbra and Jay Strongwater also have menorahs on this list.

David Mellor Menorah
above: Corin Mellor’s Stainless Steel Menorah for David Mellon Design is limited to 6 editions

Blown glass, borosilicate glass, hand-forged iron, gold, gold-plated, sterling silver, silver plate, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, pewter, exotic woods, stone, cement, lucite, acrylic, resin and even Swarovski studded menorahs can be found on the list.

swarovski crystal menorah
above: the most blingy on the list is a menorah encrusted in Swarovski crystals

There’s a huge range of prices, from $14.00 to over $100,000.00, so you can see that price was not a criteria for the list. Some are limited editions, some are one of a kind and some may already be sold out.

See over 500 Modern Menorahs and link to every one of them here

You may have noticed that the menorahs by MacKenzie-Child’s are not included in my list, but if you are a fan of those, you can find those here.

The first night to light the candles this year, 2009, begins December 11th. So, if you don’t have a menorah you like by now, you’d better start shopping. And if you can’t find a menorah you like in this exhaustive list, then you’re meshugge.