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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS CHANUKAH!!

 

MONDAY, DEC. 7

Springfield – Community menorah lighting ceremony, 3:15 p.m., on Court Square with latkes, doughnuts, cocoa and Israeli dreidels. Candle lighting times for the rest of the week are: Tuesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.;Friday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 8

Longmeadow – Chanukah Babyccino, Young Jewish Families and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) class for babies 0-3 with their moms, featuring art, music, sensory and science, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., mkosofsky@lya.org. Co-sponsored by PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Western Mass.

Longmeadow – LYA PTO Chanukah Dinner with entertainment by Motion Man (pantomime, lyrical movement and more) dinner will include meat and pasta with Chanukah specialties, latkes and doughnuts (vegetarian/vegan option is available upon request); Chanukah menorah lighting and performance by the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) Choir, 5:30 p.m., 1148 Converse St. Reserve space by Dec. 4: (413) 567-8665. $9/adults; $5/child; $40/family price (2 adults and 5 children under age 11).

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9

Holyoke- Holyoke Jewish Seniors Chanukah lunch and musical program with Richard Mitnick and Jessie and Friends, 11 a.m., Congregation Sons of Zion, 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369.

Springfield – Chanukah Hoops Basketball Tournament, with family basketball activities, contests and competitions, 6 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

THURSDAY, DEC. 10

DeerfieldSouth Deerfield – Chanukah candle-lighting event at Deerfield Arts Bank, with Rabbi Ben Weiner, with singing and dreidels, bring your own menorah and candles to light (extra menorahs will be available), 3 Sugarloaf St., (413) 665-0123.

Springfield – Bobbie Levin Nifty 90s celebration, honoring 12 guests who are aged 90 and over, with latkes and sufganiyot, entertainment by Frank Jackson, 1:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. $6/members; $8/general public; FREE past recipients

DECEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 13

Greenfield – Chanukah Weekend at Temple Israel, Friday, 7 p.m.; Shabbat service and oneg; Saturday at 10 a.m., service, 12:30 lunch and teaching by Rabbi Shefa Gold from 2-3 p.m.; Sunday: 1-4 p.m., “Opening to Miracles,” a workshop led by Rabbi Shefa Gold, 27 Pierce St., (413) 773-5884.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 11

Springfield – Early Learning Center school-wide Shabbat/Chanukah celebration, 10 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Springfield – Mad Science Meets the Maccabees! Chanukah Service and Congregational; service at 6 p.m., with menorah lighting (bring your own menorah and seven candles; dinner at 7 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 4: www.sinai-temple.org or 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield Mass. 01108. $7/adults; $4/children up to 12; $25/Family Package

Springfield – Chanukah Shabbat dinner for all ages, following Shabbat Zimrah (musical Kabbalat Shabbat), food by Meital Catering, Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., For more details & to RSVP by Dec. 4: (413) 733-4149. $15/adults & kids 10 and older; $10/kids 5-9; FREE/kids 4 and under

SATURDAY, DEC. 12

Easthampton – “Spin like a Dreidel” Chanukah Party to benefit Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, ages 21+, with karaoke, dancing, beer, snacks, silent auction, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fort Hill Brewery. $36/person (includes 2 free samples of beer, snacks) Babysitting available at LGA, $10/a child: (413) 584-6622

Springfield – J-ART’s Miscast Chanukah Cabaret/ Vodka & Latke Celebration (adults only) 8 p.m., Springfield JCC’s Goldstein Auditorium, Tickets: (413) 739-4715 $15 (includes 1 drink ticket and latke bar trip)* *additional drink/food tickets will be available for purchase.

Worcester – YAD Hanukkah Bash and Latke –Off, 7 p.m., For more information and to RSVP: mhall@jfcm.org

SUNDAY, DEC. 13

Amherst – Chanukah program at JCA, 10-11:30 a.m., 1st-7th grades; 10:45-11:30 a.m., 0-6 years old; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., all families, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160, ext. 203.

Lanesboro – Chanukah Family Festival of the Jewish Berkshires, with public menorah lighting, children’s crafts, live music, latkes, family entertainer, sufganyiot, dreidels, prizes and children’s concert, 4-7 p.m., Berkshire Mall, 8 Old State Road, (413) 499-9899.

Longmeadow – Katz Family Chanukah Breakfast, with Kids’ Choir, paint and glaze your own Judaica, Maccabee mid-winter zip line; and latkes and sufganiyot, 9:30-11 a.m., Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-0036 FREE & open to all; pottery items available for discounted purchase

SPRINGFIELD – The Independent City of Homes Associa
tion Annual Chanukah Breakfast; all-you-can-eat breakfast, a magi- cian/balloon artist and gifts for the kids, 9 a.m., Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Send your reservations to chaimbava1955@aol.com FREE

Springfield – 24th Annual Chanukah Road Race, a 5-mile race beginning and ending at the J; 9:30 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. Entry: $25

Springfield – Mak’hela Chanukah Concert, 2:30 p.m., Leavitt Family Jewish Home, Gloth Family Auditorium, 770 Converse St., (413) 567-3949.

Worcester – PJ Library and Worcester JCC Chanukah Wrap-Up at the JCC, with music, craft, snack, menorah lighting, and more, 3-4:30 p.m., (Bring a gift to donate to Friendly House kids). For more information and to RSVP: mhall@jfcm.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 10

Westborough –  Shir Joy Winter Concert- An Exploration of Hallelujahs and Chanukah, 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main St.,  Tickets: $15, shirjoyma@gmail.com or shirjoychorus.com.

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