Chanukah stamp features chanukkiah | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Chanukah stamp features chanukkiah

The 2018 Chanukah stamp went on sale Oct.16, 2018, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service and Israel Post joined together to celebrate Hanukkah, according to a news release. The stamp is issued jointly by the United States and Israel with a print run of 12 million.


The stamp features a papercut design of a 9-branch menorah. Drawing on Jewish papercutting traditions, the artist based her design on Chanukah themes and references from ancient texts.

Behind the menorah, the artist cut a design reminiscent of the shape of an ancient oil jug to represent the heart of the Hanukkah miracle. Meant to last one day, the sacred oil burned for eight.

On each side of the design are two broken oil jugs and two dreidels. The plant twining along the sides is a pomegranate; both the flowers and the fruit are seen in the twisting branches.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Tamar Fishman.