Postal Service will debut new Hanukkah stamp at Touro Synagogue

October 11, 2018

NEWPORT — Touro Synagogue will be the site of the U.S. Postal Service’s official dedication of this year’s Hanukkah stamp.

Designed by U.S. Postal Service Art Director Ethel Kessler, the stamp features the image of a menorah layered in front of a shape that resembles an ancient oil jug and decorated with dreidels and a pomegranate plant with fruit and flowers. The oil jug represents the miracle of Hanukkah, when only one night’s supply of oil was available to light the menorah for the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem, but the oil lasted for eight days.

Artist Tamar Fishman created the image using the traditional Jewish folk art of papercutting, cutting the image with a fine blade.

A First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Touro Synagogue, 85 Touro St. The issuance and celebration comes in time to celebrate the holiday season, with Hanukkah beginning at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be live streamed on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page at facebook.com/USPS. Attendees of the dedication ceremony are encouraged to make a reservation at upsp.com/hanukkahstamps.

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