â€śWe do not have any problems selling items that celebrate Jewish holidays,â€ť Green said. â€śWe have in the past and have decided we would try it again in some of the markets where we have Jewish population.â€ť
The change came about after Ken Berwitz wrote a scathing blog post about how he would never visit a Hobby Lobby store after an employee told him the chain doesnâ€™t stock Jewish merchandise because the Green family is Christian.
The post was not meant to start a fight, Berwitz said, but was a way for him to express his anger.
Green called Berwitz on Friday and the two talked for about 15 minutes. Berwitz called the conversation â€śpleasantâ€ť and said the situation should be â€śdiffused.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m very pleased that he was as forthcoming,â€ť said Berwitz, a focus group moderator.
Founded in 1972, Hobby Lobby has more than 500 stores in 41 states. The chain has made no secret of the Green familyâ€™s religious views. Hobby Lobby calls itself a â€śbiblically founded businessâ€ť and its stores are closed on Sundays. Itâ€™s also challenging on religious grounds a federal regulation that requires it to offer health coverage that includes access to certain contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.
Others in the Jewish community have raised concerns before about Hobby Lobby not carrying Hanukkah items, but such a practice does not violate anyoneâ€™s right, The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.
â€śWe have no reason to believe that Hobby Lobby has refused to stock Hanukkah items because of hostility to Jews or anti-Semitism,â€ť the statement said. â€śIn fact, some Hobby Lobby stores have stocked a few Hanukkah items in the past, and the chain is apparently considering stocking more Jewish merchandise in the future as they expand into more culturally diverse markets.â€ť
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Just thought I would post this, since some seemed to question the person who said they had seen Hanukkah decorations at HL.