Tonight marks the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Typical celebrations involve the kindling of the lights of a menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
Weston doesn't have a synagogue, but a number of those in the area are holding such celebrations tonight and in the coming days. If you know of other upcoming Hanukkah services or events, let us know in the comments.
Public Menorah Lighting on Newton Centre Green, corner of Langley Road and Centre Street
Chabad of Newton Centre is sponsoring a pubic menorah lighting tonight at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Donuts, dreidels, gelt and gifts will be available.
Grand Menorah Lighting at the Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill
Chabad at Chestnut Hill is sponsoring a Grand Menorah Lighting at the Mall at Chestnut Hill tonight at 5:30 p.m. There will be family entertainment, live music and Hanukkah treats.
Simchat Sabbat Service at Temple Shir Tivka, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland
Temple Shir Tivka in Wayland will have a music-filled Simchat Shabbat Service on Friday, Dec. 23, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their own menorahs for a candle-lighting ceremony and enjoy music, latkes, hot mulled cider and more at the holiday oneg to follow the service.
Grand Menorah Lighting at Sudbury Town Center, Concord Road, Sudbury
The Chabad Center of Sudbury will hold its annual Giant Menorah Lighting in town center at 5:30 p.m. tonight. After kindling a nine-foot Menorah in front of Sudbury's Town Hall, participants are invited to enjoy an indoor show and refreshments in the newly refurbished Grange Hall next door.
Community Hanukkah and Havdalah Celebration at Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road, Lexington
Celebrants are invited to commemorate both Hanukkah and Havdalah at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, with candle lighting, songs, crafts, games, a Chinese food dinner and movies for kids. The charge is $18 per adult, $12 per child with a $60 per-family cap.