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Teaneck Has It All for a Pesach Refresh

When it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, we can finally begin to say, “Dayenu.” The beginning of vaccination and the return of warmer weather are starting to thaw our isolation, just in time for Pesach. Whether you’re celebrating the return of family for your sedorim, looking for a gift to bring to a Seder, or just welcoming the season, Teaneck’s large variety of stores are well stocked and ready for you to visit inside or online, with curbside pickup available.

Rachel Kupfer of On the Table, 1378 Queen Anne Road, is seeing people who scrambled to make Pesach last year, some for the first time, and now are filling in with what they need in a more thoughtful way. She is also seeing more people going to family or friends this year, and looking for gifts.

Kupfer is singing the praises of melamine and Lucite platters, bowls and dishes. “You’ve had a hard year; melamine makes life easier,” she said. “It’s light and easy to care for.” Ceramic dishes are another favorite. They’re oven- and dishwasher-safe and don’t need to be toveled.

On the Table has a large selection of traditional and contemporary seder plates and matzah boxes, either square or round for shmurah matzah. Kupfer is bringing in more home décor pieces, like accent pillows, candles and pretty coffee table trays, and acrylic boxes with whimsical, colorful patterns. Costume jewelry is a great way to spruce up your Pesach outfit or buy as a gift. And if you have weddings coming up after Lag B’Omer, On the Table has gifts like Havdala sets, candles and besamim trays. If you’re planning a wedding, you can open a registry at On the Table.

Edan Nayowitz, manager of Judaica House, 478 Cedar Lane, said grandparents are especially excited and looking forward to seeing the kids in-person for Pesach and not on a screen. For kids, Judaica
House has fun toys and is lifting spirits for all ages with new Seinfeld and Superhero Haggadahs. And with CoolKippahs’ matzah yarmulkes and masks, and matzah leggings for girls, Pesach will surely be a very interactive experience.

Of course, Judaica House has serious Haggadahs and seforim, and the latest books on Jewish history, culture and cooking. For the home, pick up an attractive washing bowl to pass at the table and Seder-specific items like frog-shaped salt and pepper shakers, or napkin rings. For hostess gifts, nice hand washing towels are always needed. Three-compartment matzah covers and pillow covers for reclining like royalty at the Seder, come in beautiful designs.

What’s a holiday without treats? World of Goodies, 198 West Englewood Avenue, has delicious candies, chocolates, dried fruit and nuts by the pound and in gift trays that serve 10 to 100. Word is out about the Tea Room in a Box, in small, medium or large sizes. It’s the ultimate in sweet treats for a group. This one has it all—chocolate, nuts, candy, dried fruit, jellies and gummies.

Have a zissen Pesach and continue to stay safe.

By Bracha Schwartz

 

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