House of Kosher readies for Hanukkah

Hadas Kuznits
December 20, 2019 - 11:08 am
House Of Kosher co-owner Rivky Isaacson.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The opening display at House of Kosher on Bustleton Avenue contains chocolate dreidels, menorahs, Hanukkah-themed headbands and more gifts ahead of the holiday, which starts Sunday night.

“As soon as you walk into House of Kosher, you will be literally transformed into Hanukkah,” said owner Rivky Isaacson. “We have Hanukkah napkins, tablecloths, toys, projects, cookie shapes — everything is right here.”

While Santa and Christmas seem to be everywhere this time of the year, this store is a little different.

“You just feel like you are ready for Hanukkah and you're proud of Hanukkah,” she said. “We love when we walk into the malls and we hear all the holiday music. It's just so nice, and in America, thank God, we're so grateful that everyone can celebrate their own religions and their own traditions and mix and match it.

“We should all enjoy together and respect each other, and that's really what it's about and we're very thankful for that.”

During this time of the year, Isaacson said their kosher bakery works overtime to make special holiday doughnuts, called donuts called sufganiyot, and potato pancakes, known as latkes.

“We're doing potato latkes, sweet potato latkes. We do a lox- and sour cream-topped latke, and then we do my favorite: it's my brisket latke sandwich.”

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