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Hobby Lobby Slammed for Absent Hanukkah Goods, Slur

By: JTA

The chain Hobby Lobby, following a blog report that it did not stock Hanukkah merchandise, said it was evaluating its inventory, and also looking into an alleged anti-Jewish slur by one of its employees.

Ken Berwitz on his Hopelessly Partisan blog wrote over the weekend that a friend who asked about Hanukkah goods at the arts and crafts chain’s store in Marlboro, N.J., was told “We don’t cater to you people.”

Berwitz reported that he called the company’s home office in Oklahoma and was told that Hanukkah is not on the chain’s list of holidays and that it would not be stocking Hanukkah merchandise “(b)ecause Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian and those are his values.”

David Green, an evangelical pastor, according to Berwitz, owns the chain.

In a statement issued Monday on Entrepreneur.com, the chain said it “is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future.

“Alleged comments made by employees are being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators.”

The company is not required by law to sell Hanukkah or any other Jewish-related merchandise.

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8 Responses to “Hobby Lobby Slammed for Absent Hanukkah Goods, Slur”

  1. I knew they closed on Sundays and were Jesus freaks. So the picture is complete? Boycott them.

  2. I knew they closed on Sundays and were Jesus freaks. So the picture is complete? Boycott them.

  3. Let’s quit making mountains out of molehills. They aren’t required to stock Hanukkah merchandise, just as Jewish-based business aren’t required to stock merchandise for other beliefs. The comment by a blogger is unfortunate, but it’s ONE individual. Time to put on your big girl panties…

  4. •I spent an hour at the Marlboro store trying to help them and spoke to corporate. I do not believe they are anti-Semitic and believe certain people are trying to destroy their reputation. I have suggested sources to obtain Channukah items and how to fight the bad press. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  5. Anonymous says:

    •I spent an hour at the Marlboro store trying to help them and spoke to corporate. I do not believe they are anti-Semitic and believe certain people are trying to destroy their reputation. I have suggested sources to obtain channukah items and how to fight the bad press. BEN ROSENBERG

  6. Alan Kardon says:

    If it is a fact that an employee said that, they should be fired. If this is company policy they will never see another penny from me. Fortunately I have Michaels and A C Moore even closer to my home. I await to see the final outcome before I pass judgment.

  7. BernhardRosenberg says:

    I spent an hour at the Marlboro store trying to help them and spoke to corporate. I do not believe they are anti-Semitic  and  believe certain people are trying to destroy their reputation. I have suggested sources to obtain Channukah items and how to fight the bad press.    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  8. Edward Lobel says:

    Bernhard, I strongly disagree with you on the owners of hobby lobby not being anti-semitic.
    I live in an area that has a very small Jewish population and yet every store that sells greeting cards has Jewish holiday themed cards.  Every supermarket and grocery store has a kosher section all year round and a big build up during Passover.  After Passover there is always product that is left over yet they continue to run Kosher items.  There is no way the hobby lobby could simply have not run Jewish items because they “forgot” It has to be a corporate policy!

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