This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.
According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8.
There are a number of Hanukkah events taking place near Weston. Here's our list:
Congregation Or Atid
- Peschool family Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. The free event will include songs, stories, the chance for kids to decorate their own menorah and Hanukkah treats.
- ShennaniGanns Acapella Group Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. This concert and holiday scavenger hunt is open to members of all ages. Holiday treats will be provided. It's free, but in the spirit of tzedakah, please bring a new toy donation for Toys for Tots. Email email@example.com.
Temple Shir Tikva will hold a Hanukkah Celebration on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:15 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own menorah to the candle lighting ceremony and take part in a "music-filled Simchat Shabbat service." Following the service a "bountiful holiday oneg featuring potato latkes, hors d’oeuvres, hearty winter soups, and the best hot mulled cider" will be enjoyed.
Ma'yan Tikvah will hold a Hanukkah celebration and vegetarian potluck dinner on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Peace Lutheran Church. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.
Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.
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