Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, starts Tuesday
Hanukkah runs Tuesday evening through Dec. 28, and the Chabad of St. Petersburg kicks off the "eight crazy nights," (as Adam Sandlers would say) with a giant menorah lighting in Straub Park at 5:30 p.m. in St. Pete, with an acrobatics show by Liang Patti.
That same night the free Hanukkah on Ice party for families brings classic Hanukkah songs to the Countryside Mall ice rink in Clearwater, as well as doughnuts, latkes and a giant menorah lighting at 6:30. The skating is free but you have to RSVP at yichabad.com or call (727) 789-0408.
Other community events include a menorah lighting at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa Wednesday at 6 p.m. and a giant popcorn menorah, with dancing, singing, a juggling show and food on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach.
Or how about getting a babysitter and treating yourselves to a date night for Vodka Latke. Held Dec. 24, this mixer for young Jewish professionals offers drinks, DJ dancing and light appetizers. Married or single, it's considered the not-to-be missed party of the year. Bring two non-perishable food items to be donated to Jewish Family Services for a free drink, such as the signature Potato Vodka Latke Martini or beer or wine. Price: $25 per person, $36 after Dec. 20 and at the door. Get tickets here.
And while we are talking about Jewish holidays, check out this thoughtful column by Sarah Wildman in The Jewish Daily Forward about how Jewish parents have to deftly dealing with Christmas envy at Hanukkah and talk to their kids about the three C’s: Christ, consumerism and consciousness.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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