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October 5, 2018  RSS feed
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USPS, Israel Post to jointly issue No-name Hanukkah stamp

The 2018 Hanukkah stamp will be issued Oct. 16, but this year the word “Hanukkah” is not on the stamp.

“Though the word Hanukkah is not on the face of the stamp, the words “Happy Hanukkah” are printed at the top of the stamp sheet,” a US Postal Service statement said.

The statement noted that the postal service has received many public recommendations over the years to do a Hanukkah stamp without the word Hanukkah, thus giving the Jewish community the option to use the stamp beyond Hanukkah.

“With the beautiful and meaningful design of the 2018 Hanukkah stamp we decided to take this public recommendation and gauge the response,” the statement reads.

In a unique twist, the stamp will be dedicated in conjunction with the new stamp also being issued by Israel Post.

The Hanukkah stamp will be formally issued at a ceremony at the Touro synagogue in Newport, RI. America’s oldest synagogue, the building was completed in 1763 and was dedicated during Hanukkah that year.

Artist Tamar Fishman designed the new Hanukkah stamp featuring a menorah created by using the techniques of the traditional Jewish folk art of papercutting. She chose blue-purple and green papers for the background to highlight the central design. Behind the menorah is a shape reminiscent of an ancient oil jug with additional design elements include dreidels and a pomegranate plant with fruit and flowers.

But there is at least one person, while happy there is a new stamp this holiday season, is not pleased that the word Hanukkah has been removed. For years, Ronald Scheiman, a former Postal Service clerk in Boynton Beach, has campaigned for USPS to issue a new Hanukkah stamp each year, just as it does for Christmas stamps. He has also lobbied for more widespread distribution of Hanukkah stamps at post offices.

“I have been campaigning to the USPS for a new Hanukkah stamp, every year, since 1993 and I have never been asked about leaving the word Hanukkah off the stamp,” said Scheiman. “Personally, I use the Hanukkah stamp all year long with the word on it. … Now they are saying they, the USPS, are listening to us, the Jewish community. Please ask your readers to send an email to the USPS and tell them you want a new Hanukkah stamp every year and that it should have the word Hanukkah on it.”

Scheiman says emails should be sent to Roy.A.Betts@usps.gov with a copy to Postmaster General

Megan Brennan at pmgceo@email.usps.gov.

Customers may purchase the new Hanukkah stamps as of Oct. 16 through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-782- 6724, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. As a Forever stamp, it will always be equal in value to a 1-ounce, first-class price, currently 50 cents.


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