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I assume this isn’t the first you’re celebrating Hanukkah (unless you’re like 3 years old… in which case – what are you doing on the internet, child?!)…
Then I suppose you’ve seen a traditional Jewish Menorah or two in your lifetime… (it looks something like this 🕎)
Well, I don’t know how to break it to you – but if all of the Menorahs you’ve ever seen kind of look of the same – then you’ve been missing out on a whole lot.
Just like Apple comes out with new inventions every once in a while (probably less so, these days) – so do creative & talented Jewish artists come up with new modern & contemporary Menorahs (except they don’t charge you an arm and a leg for it like Apple does).
Or to put it another way – just because Hanukkah is a traditional Jewish holiday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it with a modern Menorah!
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Top Modern Menorahs
You’ll soon discover that are SO many beautiful modern Menorahs to choose from.
How do you choose the right one?
Spoiler Alert: We chose our favorite contemporary Menorahs from each category and gave each finalist a special award.
You’re welcome 🙂
|Traditional Contemporary Menorah||Modern Silver Menorah||Modern Gold Menorah||Modern Crystal Menorah||Modern Oil Menorah||Modern Glass Menorah||Modern Wooden Menorah||Modern Electric Menorah|
|Top Contemporary Menorah||Top Silver Menorah||Top Gold Menorah||Top Crystal Menorah||Top Oil Menorah||Top Glass Menorah||Top Wooden Menorah||Top Electric Menorah|
|Jerusalem Stone Split Hanukkah Menorah||Rite Lite Tree Of Life Menorah - Silver Plate + Gold Tone Cups||Matashi Hand Painted Menorah with Gold Accents & Crystals||Olivia Riegel Gold Crystal Sinclair Menorah||Yair Emanuel Painted Metal Menorah With Arches, Pomegranates & Birds||Fused Glass Wall Menorah Multi Colored||Yair Emanuel Wooden Dreidel Menorah Jerusalem||El Menorah Polished Chrome Plated Electric Menorah + Gold Accents|
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| Top Contemporary Menorah |
Jerusalem Stone Split Hanukkah Menorah
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| Top Silver Menorah |
Rite Lite Tree Of Life Menorah - Silver Plate + Gold Tone Cups
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| Top Gold Menorah |
Matashi Hand Painted Menorah with Gold Accents & Crystals
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| Top Crystal Menorah |
Olivia Riegel Gold Crystal Sinclair Menorah
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| Top Oil Menorah |
Yair Emanuel Painted Metal Menorah With Arches, Pomegranates & Birds
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| Top Glass Menorah |
Fused Glass Wall Menorah Multi Colored
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| Top Wooden Menorah |
Yair Emanuel Wooden Dreidel Menorah Jerusalem
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| Top Electric Menorah |
El Menorah Polished Chrome Plated Electric Menorah + Gold Accents
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Traditional Contemporary Menorahs
Traditional contemporary Menorah? Sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it?
“How can a traditional Menorah also be a contemporary Menorah? “
Easy: you take the traditional Menorah – and you give it a stylish, modern twist.
Here, I’ll show you what I mean.Top Contemporary Menorah
Here’s a wonderful example of a traditional Menorah (made of Jerusalem Stone – that’s as traditional as you can get) ⇒ with a unique & contemporary design.
Sure, lighting a Menorah at the Kotel in Jerusalem is a dream (highly recommended, when you get a chance). But it’s an expensive dream. It ain’t exactly cheap to book a flight to Israel during the holiday season.
With this phenomenal Jerusalem Stone Menorah – you don’t have to… the Kotel can come to you for a fraction of the price! (OK, it’s not exactly the same, but close enough 🙂 )
It includes two beautiful wings Jerusalem stone wings, each holding 4 candles, plus the Shamash raised up high in the middle.
In other words: If you’re going to light a Menorah on Hanukkah (or give it to someone as a gift) – that’s how you do it!
If you’re ever doing a Hanukkah crossword puzzle, and the question is: a famous Israeli Judaica artist?
There’s a 99% chance the answer is Yair Emanuel.
The prolific master of Jewish contemporary art knows all about blending traditional Jewish symbols and modern design.
If you ever visit a Jewish home – there’s a good chance you’ll spot one of his artistic masterpieces lying around somewhere.
And if you can’t find one? Well, you can easily change that by betting them this colorful traditional Hanukkah Menorah – that looks just like a rainbow (only without the rain).
Then, when someone asks them: “How was your Hanukkah?”
They’ll be able to say: “I lit a rainbow. How was yours?”[Checkmate]
Hint: You’ll be seeing a lot more from Emanuel in this article.
If I had to describe this Menorah in 1 word – it’s sleek.
Nothing sophisticated. Nothing extravagant.
Simple. Traditional. Affordable.
And apparently, simplicity sells. This modern Menorah is a constant bestseller that keeps flying off the shelf – year after year, Hanukkah after Hanukkah.
I have a good feeling this Hanukkah won’t be any different.
Tip: You can fit both candles and oil cups in it.
How would it feel like to light Hanukkah candles every week – and do it in a “Kosher” way?
When you look at the picture – you see modern Chanukiah… which is true. That’s exactly what it is.
When you flip it around on its head, it suddenly turns into Shabbat candlesticks!
And how often do we light Shabbat candlesticks?
That’s correct! Good job kids!
Usually, once the 8 days of Hanukkah are over, your Menorah doesn’t see the light of day until next Hanukkah… isn’t that a shame?
With Nadav Art’s stunning modern Menorah/Shabbat candlesticks – you can use it all year long, as opposed to just 8 days.
I think that deserves a round of applause 👏.
Tip: You can fit both standard Hanukkah candles, as well as pre-filled gelled olive oil cups.
Modern Silver & Sterling Silver Menorahs
Modern doesn’t mean “not classy”. Even though it sounds like a contradiction – there’s nothing like a traditional silver Menorah with a modern twist on it.
Hanukkah is also called the festival of lights. With these modern silver Menorahs, it will definitely become one shiny festival…Top Silver Menorah
If you’ve been following my website for the past few years, you probably know that I’m a sucker for modern designs that combine traditional Jewish symbols…It’s just a fascinating combination.
In this case – it’s not just any Jewish symbol… The Tree of Life is arguably the most ancient and most important symbol in Jewish history.
- … The symbol that the Kabbalah describes as the foundation of life.
- … The symbol that Abraham the Patriarch talks about in Sefer Yetzirah – the earliest book in Jewish history (believed to be written by Abraham himself).
It’s no surprise then why this gorgeous silver-plated Menorah is at the top of the list, and our “Top Silver Menorah” award-winner.
Without a doubt – one of the most unique Hanukkah gifts to “light up” someone you love on Hanukkah.
A fully silver-plated Menorah tends to also increase the price.
Thankfully, you can have the cake and eat it too.
This modern Chanukiah looks very much like a silver Menorah, but it’s made of nickel.
It’s beautifully made, with a very compelling price – proof that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy Hanukkah.
In other words: if it looks like silver, walks like silver, and talks like silver – but is friggin’ cheap… what is it?
A nickel Menorah!
Hazorfim is the undisputed leader when it comes to sterling silver Judaica… so obviously, I had to include one of their (many) luxurious sterling silver Menorahs.
Tip: You can check out Hazorfim’s sterling silver Menorah collection here.
And what a worthy representative it is.
Classy, elegant, and absolutely gorgeous…
When it comes to quality – there’s nothing that comes remotely close to Hazorfim.
(There’s a reason why so many people choose Hazorfim when they buy a Jewish wedding gift).
Recommended: Check out our favorite silver Menorahs for more similar ideas.
Modern Gold & Brass Menorahs
Do you know where the famous Hanukkah miracle took place?
In the holy Jewish temple.
Do you know what was so special about the Menorah in the Jewish temple?
- It had 7 branches, not 9 like the modern Chanukiah.
- It was made of gold.
So in the spirit of the golden Menorah, let’s look at a few gorgeous gold Menorah candle holders that capture your attention the moment you walk into the room.Top Gold Menorah
Did you notice that every time you light the Menorah on the first day of Hanukkah – everyone’s eyes are focused on the captivating lights?
Well, when you light Matashi’s gorgeous gold & crystal Menorah – they’ll still be captivated. Not by the lights, but by the Menorah itself.
Let me tell ya – lighting this thing of beauty isn’t the same as lighting a $10 Menorah you bought at Walmart. That memory sticks with you well after the 8 days of Hanukkah are over.
And when Hanukkah does come to an end – this isn’t the type of Menorah you lock up in the closet for the rest of the year to collect dust.
You display it out in the open: in the living room, in your kitchen… anywhere & anytime it can continue captivating your guests when they drop by for a visit.
Ever heard the word peacocking? Peacocking is when someone dresses up to catch people’s attention.
Well, allow me to introduce you to the FIRST peacocking Hanukkah Menorah… and I mean it quite literally (looks like a peacock).
And boy oh boy does this breathtaking Menorah have a reason to peacock… This Israeli-made (in Jerusalem actually) miniature Menorah is completely enameled and covered with Jewels.
Needless to say, this Menorah can, should, and will be used as a decorative art piece after Hanukkah is long gone.
A beautiful gift if you’re looking to dazzle someone you love, especially during Hanukkah.
This luxurious Jewish Menorah is actually not made of gold… it’s made of brass.
But I promise you – it doesn’t make it ANY less special… (if anything, it only makes it less expensive)
Orit Grader drew her inspiration for this Hanukkah Menorah from the beauty in nature. Her signature “netting” covers the delicate (yet sturdy looking) Menorah.
Add that to the soft color, elegant style, and the fact that it’s made in Israel – you get one hell of a Hanukkah gift for a close friend or family member.
Tip: Available in three colors: red, blue and autumn.
You Will Also Like: The top gold & brass Menorahs for a luxurious Hanukkah.
Modern Crystal Menorahs
We already had silver and gold Menorahs.
Now? It’s time for “dessert”.
No, you can’t eat crystal Menorahs… but you can marvel at them for hours.
You tell me… Which one do you prefer? (I personally prefer eating a delicious Hanukkah dessert while marveling at them)Top Crystal Menorah
Why beat around the bush? I promised you extraordinary crystal Menorahs… so I’m keeping my promise right off the bat.
On the one hand, Olivia Riegel’s crystal Menorah is, in fact, a Hanukkah Menorah. But at the same time – it’s not really a Menorah.
Let me explain…
Sure, you can use it to light Hanukkah candles.
But to use an extraordinary crystal Menorah full that is full of Swarovski crystals just like you’d use a standard Hanukkah Menorah is sinful (to say the least).
You don’t just light it for 8 days and then bury it deep inside the closet for the rest of the year.
You showcase it for 365 days so that everyone can see it…
All. the. time.
That’s what you do with one of the most luxurious Hanukkah Menorahs in the world.
This is one of my favorite modern Menorahs on this list… care to guess why? (Hint: King David is one of my favorite characters in Jewish history)
Designed after King David’s famous harp, this crystal oil Menorah is a marvelous addition to add to your Hanukkah celebration – filled with rich history and Jewish symbolism (it also comes from Israel).
Did You Know? The bridge of strings in Jerusalem was designed after King David’s harp.
Trust me, the unusual design makes it an unbelievable eye-catcher, EVEN when it’s not lit up… so even after Hanukkah is over, you’ll get a chance to display it in your home all your year-round (till the next Hanukkah comes along).
Recommended: Check out more stunning Crystal Menorahs for an unforgettable Hanukkah.
Modern Oil Menorahs
Remember what the miracle of Hanukkah was all about?
Repeat after me: “The oil that was supposed to last for one night lasted for 8 days”.
Notice how I highlighted the word “oil”?
That’s because traditionally – our Jewish ancestors used to light oil Menorahs, not candle Menorahs.
So why should you do any different?
The great part? You can light a modern oil Menorah and “relive” the Hanukkah miracle in style!Top Oil Menorah
I told you Yair Emanuel will be back…
Not only is he back… He brought beautiful birdies and pomegranates with him!
Oh, wait… they’re part of the Menorah! Of course, they are… it’s Yair Emanuel’s design, silly!
Just like the other contemporary Menorahs on this list – this one has the traditional Menorah “look”, combined with Yair Emanuel’s contemporary touch.
The only difference? This Menorah fits oil cups.
Tip: Actually, it fits standard Hanukkah candles too. Take your pick!
And like many of his creative Jewish designs – his artistic Menorah is flying off the shelf like mad!
Bonus: Comes with a free Hanukkah blessings pamphlet (including Maoz Tzur… sing away!)
As a kid, I hated geometry.
Perhaps if they used this geometric Menorah to teach me, I would’ve listened in class.
Only a creative genius like Yair Emanuel can make cylinders, spheres, and circles into a flawless geometric design that makes you all of a sudden see math in a bright and shiny way.
A great gift to make your kids appreciate math, and prove to them that geometry (with a little Jewish creativity) can be put to good use.
Bonus: This Menorah also comes with a Hanukkah blessing pamphlet (in Hebrew and English), so you can recite the Hanukkah prayers and sing the Maoz Tzur with your kids while they appreciate their newly discovered passion for math.
You might be thinking: “This Menorah looks weird”.
I couldn’t agree more… in the most positive way possible.
Without Yair Emanuel’s “weirdness”, we wouldn’t have most of the unique modern Menorah designs we have today (and this section probably wouldn’t exist!).
With such an unusual design and colorful blend, it takes a wonderfully “weird” person to appreciate this unusual piece of Hanukkah art.
I consider myself “weird” … how about you?
If you’re looking for a modern oil burning candelabra, you might as well go for a Chanukiah you can use as a nice piece of home décor during the rest of the 357 days of the year.
Colorful birds in a pomegranate tree? Now there’s a nice and colorful touch that can upgrade any standard living room into an artistic living room.
The great thing about this cute little Menorah is that you can’t even till it’s a Hanukkah Menorah from afar…
Imagine the surprised look on the face of your guests when they see this little bundle of artistic joy light up in Hanukkah… how exciting is that?
Tip: You can pre-fill it with olive oil cups or candles.
Recommended: Take a look at our other favorite Hanukkah oil Menorah to light the Menorah the old-fashioned way.
Modern Glass Menorahs
Usually, the only “heat” comes from the Hanukkah candles… especially during the cold winter time.
But what if I told you there are some unique glass Menorahs that were actually MADE by heat?
These remarkable Menorah candle holders are made of fused glass, once again bridging the traditional with the modern, and clearly finding its way on this article.Top Glass Menorah
Half canvas, half Jewish Menorah.
This gorgeous fused glass Menorah art was designed and fused (by exposing it to 1200 Degrees heat) into this remarkable piece of art.
Rabbi Nachman used to say that it’s a great Mitzvah to be happy always. That’s especially true during Hanukkah.
With these colorful & cheerful candle holders at your sight, being happy is a piece of cake.
A great little piece to have during the 8 days of Hanukkah. And if you want something to cheer up during any other day of the year – leave this standing for the rest of the year, and it will get the job done!
This flashy Hanukkah Menorah has a distinctive crushed look, after being fused in >1000 degrees heat.
And trust me when I say that the picture does NOT do justice with this shiny, crisp Jewish piece of art… It’s truly one of a kind.
In fact, if it hadn’t been a bit more expensive than the first one (the colorful wall Menorah), this would’ve probably won the “Top Glass Menorah” award.
Tip: This is one cool Hanukkah gift to get someone with good taste.
Jewish artists have a knack for taking beautiful, traditional Jewish symbols and transforming them into a modern Jewish art exhibit… or in this case – a marbled art exhibit.
The only thing traditional about this unique Menorah candles holder is the 9 branches and the Shamash. Other than that – this artistic canvas/Menorah is 100% contemporary, almost futuristic.
When you light it up, you’ll realize that you often lose yourself in the deep, blue design.
And if that’s not enough – this creative, artistic Menorah is guaranteed to last you for life…
Note: That wasn’t a typo: If this modern Hanukkah Menorah doesn’t last you for life, Tamara Baskin gives you a LIFETIME guarantee, no questions asked.
You Will Also Like: the most beautiful glass Menorahs for an artistic Hanukkah.
Modern Wood Menorah
This is one of my favorite sections.
How often do you see Menorahs made of wood?
Not very often.
I’m a simple person: If it’s unique, special and rare = I LIKE.Top Wooden Menorah
What are the two most famous Jewish symbols of Hanukkah?
And 3: Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), not exactly relevant here, but I couldn’t help it…
Did you know you could combine the two famous Jewish symbols into one?
This incredible Menorah is made out of 9 dreidels in a row… hand-painted and gorgeously designed.
But here’s the coolest part: you can play with each dreidel individually (!).
If that doesn’t wake up your inner child, I don’t know what will.
Earlier, we combined a Menorah and a dreidel.
Now, we’re combining a Menorah and an accordion (told you Yair Emanuel was creative)!
The accordion is designed to expand for each day of Hanukkah:
- On the first day: one candle holder is open
- On the second day: two candle holders are open
- Guess what happens on the 3rdday?
Hanukkah is a festival – you may want to get yourself an accordion to celebrate it properly.
Bonus: You also get a free Hanukkah blessing pamphlet in Hebrew + English, so you can say the Hanukkah blessings and sing Maoz Tzur with your beautiful voice.
What else is Yair Emanuel hiding under his sleeve?
A modern, lively & artistic wooden-fitted Menorah, that’s what!
These gorgeous, interactive, hand-painted Jewish Menorah candle holders present a vibrant look of Jerusalem, each side showing different aspects of the city.
Jerusalem never looked so colorful…
Recommended: Take a look at our full list of awesome wooden Menorahs for Hanukkah.
Modern Electric Menorahs
It’s true that Electric Menorahs are just for decoration purposes, and that they don’t replace Kosher Menorahs.
But since we usually display electric Menorahs publically (windows, lobbies, synagogues – to name a few), you’d want to display a special electric Menorah that shines a special light on your neighbors and friends.
It’s no wonder why modern Electric Menorahs have become such a popular sight in the past few years… If you’re looking to join the party – then you’ll LOVE this section.Top Electric Menorah
El Menorah just made a couple of appearances in the “Modern Glass Menorahs” section.
Now it’s time they shine a light in this section.
You can immediately see why their electric Menorah deserves a spot (the top one) on this list – it looks incredible… and I’m not just talking about the design either.
If you ever owned an electric Menorah, you probably noticed that most of them are made of pretty low-quality plastic.
The folks at “El Menorah” took a different route: they managed to create a high-quality electric Menorah with chrome-plated candles and eye-catching gold accents.
Clap it up for the visionaries!
After Yair Emanuel dominated the “Wooden Menorahs” section, it’s time for his cameo in this one with his electric rainbow Menorah.
Just like Emanuel’s other contemporary designs, this Menorah and its original silver arch design will catch your eye the moment you step foot in the room.
And once turned on – the room (or window) will light up with a soft glow, turning even the darkest rooms (metaphorically speaking) into peaceful ones.
I know what you’re thinking: “this Menorah looks pretty traditional to me…”
You’re right because it is.
Then what the hell is it doing in the modern electric Menorahs section?
Because this is simply the best and cheapest electric Menorah you can lay your hands on, and it would be a sin not to mention it.
And sure, it’s not the most “modern” design, but I think you’ll agree that it looks pretty outstanding nevertheless.
Plus, It has:
- Flame-shaped LED bulbs (very bright and last FOREVER)
- A USB port that can turn on one candle at a time by a push of a button.
This Menorah has become a huge success and quickly became the most popular, bestselling electric Hanukkah Menorah.
So not exactly modern, but a great choice if you’re looking for a reliable option.
I wrote an entire article about the best electric Hanukkah Menorahs that’ll spread the Hanukkah spirit with your friends & neighbors. Check it out!
Hanukkah Menorahs come in all shapes and forms (apparently also geometrical forms thanks to Yair Emanuel).
We all know that Jewish artists are creative and talented. Now you see what happens when they unleash that creativity and use it to create beautiful modern Menorah designs.
All of us benefit from it!
Now, it’s your turn to benefit from it, and choose the contemporary Menorah you like the most…
I have a feeling it’ll spark some interesting conversations this Hanukkah 🙂