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Chanukah pop-up shop to open in Galleria of Mt. Lebanon

| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

The Chanukah Pop Up Shop at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon started as a “why not?” idea last year.

And the seasonal holiday store, put together by Chabad of the South Hills, proved to be so successful that the Jewish religious and social organization will do it again this year, said Mussie Rosenblum, who organized the store on behalf of the Mt. Lebanon-based Chabad.

The store, which will be on the lower level of the Galleria, next to Starbucks, will open Dec. 3 and remain open through Dec. 20.

Chanukah, or Hanukkah, is known as the festival of lights and commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. The holiday begins Dec. 12.

Rosenblum said the store will have menorahs, candles, Chanukah decorations and gifts, dreidels, holiday gift wrap and other items including gelt, the foil-wrapped chocolate coins popular with children. The store also will have complimentary Chanukah Guides and color books for kids.

“The purpose of the store is for people to have Chanukah presents,” Rosenblum said. “And on a practical level they don't have to go to Squirrel Hill or to a big store. This is central and convenient.

“The whole idea is to spread light and warmth.”

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at or 412-871-2346.

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