5 Awesome Hanukkah Mascots [VIDEOS]
Now that we’re in the holiday season, it’s officially Santa Claus 24/7. But what about the little boys and girls of the Jewish faith who are currently celebrating Hanukkah? Who is their jolly mascot?
Looking at pop culture, there are a few characters who could be dubbed the official mascot of Hanukkah’s eight nights. Check out our nominations for the Santa of Hanukkah below.
Created for charity, the talking Latke Larry doll is voiced by none other than ‘Seinfeld’ star Jerry Stiller. Squeeze his hand and he sings a song about the Jewish people’s plight while snacking on some tasty latkes. (He’s the only singing doll that manages to rhyme “Maccabees” with “calories.”) And just for ‘Seinfeld’ fans, Stiller forces, er, works in his signature “Serenity now!” line at the end. It’s a bizarre Hanukkah gift and a lost piece of ‘Seinfeld’ memorabilia.
The Hebrew Hammer
Played by Adam Goldberg in the 2003 superhero comedy/exploitation film parody ‘The Hebrew Hammer,’ Mordechai Jefferson Carver is a former captain in the Israeli Defense Forces who defends the Jewish people with style.
Magneto from ‘X-Men: First Class’
Suave, mysterious and no fan of the Nazis, Magneto is a fighter for the mutant and Jewish cause. So don’t say anything bad about his bubbe’s kugel, lest you want him to use his mighty powers of magnetism to crush you with your cell phone.
Annie from ‘Community’
One of the few Jewish characters currently on TV, Annie (played by Alison Brie) is ‘Community’s’ resident prim and proper gal with a naughty streak. Which explains why she has a, uh, healthy male fan following.
Presented by Hallmark in association with the Jewish Anti-Defamation league, ‘The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Easter’ introduced Jon Lovitz’s hilarious ‘Hanukkah Harry’ character. Whether it’s teaching proper Seder etiquette for welcoming the prophet Elijah or riding his camel-drawn sleigh (On Moishe! On Herschel! On Shlomo!), Hanukkah Harry is the closest thing good little Jewish girls and boys have to Santa Claus.