The hot holiday trend this winter? Our Hanukkah gelt’s on the Menurkey.
If you’re not familiar with the Menurkey, don’t worry: no one was until a 9-year-old Manhattan boy recently invented it (and trademarked it, too).
With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping for the first time ever this year, Asher Weintraub wasn’t going to let the occasion pass without comment. To commemorate the concurrence, the creative, entrepreneurial fourth-grader designed a special ceremonial object — a menorah shaped like a turkey — that American Jews can use to celebrate.
“When you think about it, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are sort of related,” Weintraub says in a video about the project. “They are both holidays when we spend our time with family and are thankful for all that we have been given.”
Weintraub used a web-based modeling program called Tinkercad to design the menorah, and some friends at MakerBot Studios used a 3-D printer to create a prototype. A ceramic artist named Connie Smith made final prototypes in clay, with both the Gregorian and Hebrew years appearing on the Menurkey’s base. The Menurkey will be produced in two editions: a limited run of ceramic, glazed Menurkeys, and a higher-volume edition of white plaster Menurkeys.
Weintraub (well, actually, his dad, filmmaker Anthony Weinbtraub) has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to bring in $25,000 to manufacture, market, package and ship the product.
After Nov. 28 — this year’s American Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah — the Menurkey will lose its usefulness for a while. Thanks to some tricky math involving the different calendars, the holidays won’t coincide again for about 75,000 years.