Festival of Lights: Hanukkah Around Town

By Christy Orgeta
|  Monday, Dec 7, 2009  |  Updated 4:39 PM PDT
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Festival of Lights: Hanukkah Around Town

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 4: PS 1 second grade students play with dreidels and chocolate gold coins after lighting the menorah December 4, 2007 at the Eldridge St. Synagogue in New York City. The class was there to learn about Hannukah and also about the newly restored synagogue which originally opened its doors in 1887. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

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Hanukkah is almost here!

This eight-day Jewish Holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. While the celebration begins at sundown on Friday, Dec. 11, the fun begins much earlier. Grab your loved ones and check out these events! 

Date: Dec.5 and Dec. 6
Time: Varies
 
The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla is bringing back it’s yearly event, Hanukkah Happening. The event will occur over the course of two days and serve two different populations—grown-ups on Saturday and families on Sunday. Saturday’s event is the “peek-a-boo” preview, which features a one-of-a-kind silent auction, wine from Vin Sauvage and catering from Whole Foods. Sunday’s event features fun for the entire family with a continuation of the auction, crafts, prizes and kosher and dairy food.
 
Date: Dec. 11 at
Time: 5:00 p.m
 
Temple Solel Shabbat Synaplex provides an alternative way to spend Shabbat with the family. This month’s activities are Hanukkah inspired and include designing Hanukkah themed art, Hanukkah dinner with menorah lighting, and a teen Shabbat jam. Reservations are required and RSVP and prepayment for dinner is due by Dec. 7.
 
Date: Dec. 12
Time: 5:30 p.m
 
Head down to the Ohr Shalom Synagogue community for the second night of Hanukkah. Families will enjoy a light dinner, musical entertainment, singing, dancing and the lighting of the second candle. Families are invited to bring their own menorahs.
 
Date: Dec. 13
Time: 4:00 p.m
 
Join the Temple Adat Shalom community in a family-friendly celebration. Play dreidel games and crafts, light the Menorah, recall Jewish history and sing songs of the festive Hanukkah season. For more information or to RSVP call (858) 451-1200
 
Date: Dec. 13
Time: 5:30 p.m
 
Come celebrate Hanukkah with an outdoor candle lighting ceremony, a concert featuring the bands SoulAviv, Manut, the Temple Emanu-El Youth Choir, as well as Latkes and Sufganiyot. Admission costs $5 for temple members and $10 for non-members. For more information call (619) 286-2555

For more information on local happenings visit http://www.jfssd.org.

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