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‘Jewly Bandz’ Maker Explains Dollar Sign

Wristband meant to represent gelt, he tells us

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Jewly Bandz. Note the offending dollar sign.(The Gloss)

The Internet erupted yesterday with implied and explicit accusations of anti-Semitism against toy-maker Benjamin Kerer, an Austrian-born Israeli who has lived in the United States for 15 years. Why? Because his company‘s “Jewly Bandz”—a Jewish-themed knock-off of the Silly Bandz wristband fad—include a green menorah, a red dreidel, and … an orange money sign.

Kerer, who was audibly upset when he spoke to Tablet Magazine over the phone, defended himself, explaining that his company “provides educational equipment to nearly every Jewish school in America.” He admitted that the dollar sign—which was meant to stand for Hanukkah gelt— “maybe wasn’t the best choice, but this is what the manufacturer chose.” He added, “Those who want to have a case against Jews will sound it with or without these ‘Silly Bandz.’” (And those who want Jewish versions of Silly Bandz will have them with or without Jewly Bands.)

But the harm may already be done: Kerer’s Website has been hacked, and he now finds himself on the defensive. “To hurt someone like me,” he complained. “I’m shocked that they would do this between the High Holidays.”

Jewish Silly Bandz Knockoffs Come In a Dollar Shape Sign [The Gloss]

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this is ridiculous! It’s a harmless band for kids!!!!1

I don’t agree with the poor guy being harrassed, howver I think there were so many other symbols of our religion that would have been more appropriate. How about a Star of David?? A challah? Torah scrolls? I’m sure if he got a bunch of 6th grade religious school students together they could think of a bunch of them.

…and what’s up with the Dalkon shield? (look it up)

AlizaG Hi,

If you would look a bit harder you would see that this is a Chanukah Set.
The star of David appears in other sets that we have and the Challah and Torah have nothing to do with Chanukah.
The shield is the Makkabee’s Shield.
There are 8 different sets we carry for Jewish Holidays.
Shana Tova

This is unfortunate. From my perspective (Spain) non Jews have had a problem w/ respect to money. this attitude has been absorbed by some Jews living in western countries.In fact, money is a very important commodity and there is nothing dirty about it. Nowadays parents give their children things but as a child I always received chanukah gelt. I reject the idea that money is tainted and always give money as wedding and bar mitzvah gifts.

Nissi T says:

Too bad we don’t have more important things to worry about.

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‘Jewly Bandz’ Maker Explains Dollar Sign

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