Hanukkah events set for weekend

Although Hanukkah officially began at sundown Wednesday, this weekend offers locals a chance to celebrate the Jewish holiday.

A Hanukkah Kids Event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Borders, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50. The event is open to children ages 3 through 8, and Hanukkah will be celebrated with stories, songs and activities.

A larger event for people of all ages takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Congregation Ohr Shalom synagogue, 441 Kennedy Ave. The congregation, a Reform Jewish Community, is hosting a community service and potluck with authentic Hanukkah food items and celebration. With the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday, Ohr Shalom opted to have this year’s Hanukkah celebration this weekend.

The event is open to the public interested in learning more about Hanukkah and its meaning.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with children’s activities and a service of song from Boulder’s Rachel Cole.

The potluck Community Chanukah Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Per tradition, people are asked to bring dishes, remembering to leave meat and shellfish out of the dishes.

People with a last name of A through F should bring a side dish; people with a last name of G to M should bring a dessert; and people with a last name of N through Z should bring a vegetable/fruit/salad item.

During the potluck people can expect to enjoy traditional fried items such as potato latkes, organizer Claudia Fanning said.

Hanukkah is the eight-day celebration, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt.


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