Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, Dec. 10. Although there are not the usual amount of celebrations happening, there are still a few events hosted locally to participate in.

PJ Library Hanukkah in a Bag
Each bag contains eight Hanukkah activities to enjoy with your family. $8 (one bag per family). Bags will be available for drive thru pick-up at the following locations:

Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe: Dec. 1 from 4-5 pm
Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix: Dec. 2 from 2-5:30 pm
Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale: Dec. 4 from 3-5 pm
Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave, Sun City: Any time after Dec. 2

If you can’t make the drive thru dates/times, bags will be left at each location for pick-up.
There are a limited supple available, register at jewishphoenix.regfox.com/eight-crazy-nights-hanukkah-in-a-bag.

The Great Dreidel Hunt
Dec. 6 at 10 am, 1pm or 4 pm at The J, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Grab your family and come to The J fields for a Hanukkah adventure. Music, dreidel hunt, prizes, sufganiyot, latkes and activities for the whole family presented by Shemesh.
Pick the time that works best for your family. Family will be able to be socially distant while celebrating Hanukkah with the community. Masks are required.
Cost per family: $30 members; $45 guests (up to 2 children), $12 additional child. All children must be 3 years and older to participate.
Entry includes: Bag to collect dreidel, 1 dreidel, Hanukkah prize, activities, latkes and sufganiyots for the family.
For more information or to register, visit vosjcc.org/dreidelhunt.

Engineer Your Own Dreidel with PJ Our Way and the MIT Museum
Dec. 6 at 1 pm online

In this online workshop, you’ll investigate spinning motion by designing, building, and testing your own dreidels using everyday materials! This workshop will provide plenty of opportunities to be creative, experimental, and whimsical as you explore the physics of spin. This workshop is especially suited to kids ages 9 and up.
You will need:
– A clean, flat workspace (desk, kitchen table, etc.)
– A computer, tablet, or phone with access to zoom
– Pencils (small pencils work great if you have them!)
– A few sheets of thin cardboard (like from cereal boxes)
– Some corrugated cardboard
– Tape
– Paper
– Markers
– Coins or paperclips for weights
– Scissors
– Ruler

For more information, contact Saskia Swenson at saskia@hgf.org.
To register, visit bit.ly/3leD3HS

Celebrating Hanukkah – Latkes & Applesauce
Dec. 6 at 1 pm via Zoom

It just wouldn’t be Hanukkah without the golden, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside yummy deliciousness of latkes!
In this kid-friendly class, you’ll cook along with Chef Devon Sanner, making the best latkes ever. To add a touch of sweetness, you’ll whip up applesauce to complement and balance the savory.
Commemorating the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, they’re perfect as an appetizer, a side dish or even for tea with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.
Register online at flying-aprons-tucson.myshopify.com/collections/cooking-classes/products/12-6-zoom-class-celebrating-hanukkah-latkes-applesauce. Class is $40 per household.
For questions call 520-261-1996, or flyingapronstucson@gmail.com.

Hanukkah: Cultivating Courage for Righteous Action
Dec. 7 at 1 pm online

Join Rabbi Lisa Goldstein, a teacher and facilitator, to explore insights and practices that help us deal with our fear wisely and connect with our innate courage in order to help us move forward to bring blessing to ourselves and to others.
Event is hosted by Valley Beit Midrash and Temple Chai. Cost is $18.
For more information, visit valleybeitmidrash.org.

Hanukkah in Carefree 2020
Dec. 10-17 at 5:30 pm at Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree

Hanukkah is coming to Carefree! Each night of Hanukkah, Thursday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 17, a 6-foot Hanukkah menorah will be lit at 5:30 pm in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.  The lighting will be led by a different community group or family each night. In person, social distancing will be observed, including masks required. Chocolate gelt will be available to all who attend!
Live streaming will be available each evening at visitcarefree.com/chanukah-in-carefree-arizona.

Celebrate Hanukkah
Dec. 13 at 4 pm at Chabad Center Patio, 2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix

Enjoy entertainment, Hanukkah craft, treats, menorah lighting (5 pm) and a gelt drop (5:20 pm).
Admission is free and face masks are required.
There will also be a Menorah Car Parade on Dec. 14.
For more information, visit chabadaz.com/celebrate.

Light up the Night, Chaverim!
Dec. 13 at 5:30 pm via Zoom

Join Rabbi Stephanie Aaron for a virtual kindling of the fourth candle of Hanukkah along with blessings and songs!
Contact Congregation Chaverim (admin@chaverim.net) for Zoom link.

Welcome Shabbat – Hanukkah Edition
Dec. 18 at 11 am via Zoom

Join the JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment for a Hanukkah celebration with Cantor Seth Ettinger, Congregation Beth Israel; Cantor Ross Wolman, Temple Chai; Cantorial Soloist Todd Herzog, Temple Solel, Cantor Jonathan Angress, Congregation Beth Israel; and Cantor Danna Rubenstein, Congregation Or Tzion.
Free and open to all older adults.
For further information, contact the CSE Director, Jennifer Brauner, at seniorcenter@jfcsaz.org or 602-343-0192.

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