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Amherst – Family Hanukkah Celebration at the Yiddish Book Center, with reading by Martha Seif Simpson, author of The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin, and a musical performance of “The Magic Dreidel” by the Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater; scavenger hunts for kids and tours of YBC at 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900. $8/adults; $5/children; (YBC members: $6/adults; $3/children.)

Longmeadow – Kids in Action social action club for kids ages 6-11; come wrap Chanukah gifts for others, and participate in a scavenger hunt and doughnut making, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, 1148 Converse St., (413) 567-8665. $5/child.

Worcester – Hanukkah Concert: Shirim, Klezmer Nutcracker, part of First Annual Worcester JCC Yiddish Festival, 2 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., (508) 756-7109. FREE



Springfield – Hanukkah Happening with Jonathan Keezing and his Caravan Puppets, 10-10:45 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.



Springfield – Community Menorah Lighting in Court Square, 3 p.m., with latkes, cocoa and dreidels, (413) 567-8665.

Springfield – Community-wide First Light Celebration at the Springfield JCC, with family-friendly activities at 5 p.m., lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Worcester – First Night of Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, 4:30 p.m., Newton Square.



Amherst – A Hanukkah Party for all Ages, with game booths, candle-lighting (bring your own menorah and candles), latkes, sufganiyot and pizza, music by the JCA Klezmer Group, 4:30 p.m. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160. $5/suggested donation.

Longmeadow – Bubble Trouble, LYA Chanukah dinner with entertainment by Jeff Boyer; menorah lighting and performance by LYA Choir before the show, 5:30-7:30 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., Reservations: (413) 567-8665. $9/adults; $5/child; $40/family max.

Springfield – Hanukkah Hoops at the Springfield JCC, 7 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.



Longmeadow – 50/50 Reverse Raffle and Latke Bash, 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, Raffle tickets: (413) 567-0036.

Springfield – Bobbie Levin Nifty 90s Chanukah Celebration, 1:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.



Pittsfield – Community Crib and Winter Shabbat, with service led by religious school and youth group, followed by latke dinner, and collection of clothing, books, toys,  diapers and formula, etc. for children ages 6 months to 18 years, 5:30 p.m., Temple Anshe Amunium, 26 Broad St., (413) 442-5910. Dinner: $15/adults; $6/children; $35/family max.

Springfield – Early Learning Center Shabbat/Hanukkah Celebration at the Springfield JCC, 10 a.m., 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Springfield – Chanukah Menorah Lighting and congregation dinner, 6 p.m., Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., RSVP: $7/person; $15/family.



Northampton – Havdalah Services and Chanukah Party with Rabbi Efraim Eisner and Shabbat-in-the-Hood, with music by Felicia Sloin and latkes and sufganiyot; bring your own menorahs, 5 p.m., Pathways Co-Housing Community Room, 10 Mountain Laurel Path, FREE

Worcester – Young Adult Division of Central Mass. Hanukkah Havdalah Party; for location and time contact or visit



Longmeadow – Annual Katz Family Chanukah Breakfast with entertainer Mark Binder, 9 a.m., Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-0036. FREE & open to the community.

Longmeadow – Chanukah Wonderland, decorate Chanukah cookies, create crafts, face-painting, interactive Chanukah games, performance by ventriloquist Dana Perkins, lunch for sale, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., (413) 567-8665. FREE & open to the community.

Longmeadow – “Fire on Ice,” Menorah Lighting at Longmeadow Shoppes, ice carving of a 5-foot menorah at 4:30 p.m.; menorah lighting at 5 p.m., live music, raffle drawing, latkes, gelt, donuts and hot cocoa/coffee, (413) 348-4978. FREE & open to the community.

Springfield – Hanukkah Road Race at the Springfield JCC, 9:30 a.m., 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Westfield – Congregation Ahavas Achim Chanukah Party, 4 p.m., with latkes, songs, storytelling, and a potluck dairy dinner; bring your Menorah and candles to light and a nonperishable item for the Westfield Open Pantry, at the Second Congregational Church, 487 Western Ave., RSVP: (413) 569-1402 or $5/per person; $10/families.



Springfield – Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles at the Springfield JCC, 4 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.



Holyoke/South Hadley – Potluck Chanukah celebration at the home of Joan and Michael Rosner, for both Sons of Zion and Rodphey Sholom members; 6 p.m., (413) 534-3369.

Longmeadow – Magical Chanukah dinner for adults only, with illusionist/magician Jason Purdy, 6:30 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., RSVP by Dec. 18: (413) 348-4978.


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