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Celebrating Chanukah in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Jewish Community Center has several Chanukah events planned for December:

On Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. the JCC will hold its First Light Community Celebration and a concert by Nava Tehila.

From 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., there will be the lighting of the largest menorah in Western Mass.

At 6:30 p.m., Nava Tehila will perform at Sinai Temple, 979 Dickinson St.

Nava Tehila is an off-shoot of the Nava Tehila Congregation in Jerusalem. Known best for its upifting music, this ensemble represents a liberal, egalitarian religious community. Nava Tehilla’s compositions are rooted in Middle Eastern, Hasidic, contemporary Israeli, and other “world” musics.

Funding for this program is provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

First Light is sponsored by the Springfield JCC and by the Jewish Federation of Western Mass.; and is supported by the Sklar Family in partnership with PJ Library, Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple, B’nai Torah, and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy. For more information, call Rabbi James Greene at (413) 739-4715.


On Dec. 14, Bobbie Levin Nifty 90s celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. Participants will celebrate Chanukah and honor 12 special guests who are aged 90 and older. They will be joined by previous honorees.

Honorees will receive special gifts as well as citations from Springfield Dignitaries. Refreshments include potato latkes and sufganiyot. Entertainment will be provided by Frank Jackson. The cost is $5 for J members; $7 for the general public; and free for past recipients.


On Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m., the annual Hanukkah Road Race will be held at the Springfield JCC’s Neal Webber Building, on a flat, wheeled 5K course through Springfield and Longmeadow to benefit the Springfield JCC.

The entry fee is $25 (Make checks payable to “Springfield JCC”).

Puppets on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry.

On Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Springfield JCC’s Hanukkah Family Event: “Oy the Candles We’ll Light!” will be held at the Springfield Museums. Events will include olive tasting; Learn to Play Dreidel; a Live Animal Demonstration; a Candle Rolling Station: Roll your own beeswax candle and visit the bees that call the Springfield Science Museum home; a Menorah Making Station: Join this craft project and bring home your beautiful, handmade menorah; a magnetic Poetry Board; and Latke Tasting.

Anna Sobel

The afternoon will also feature an 11:15 a.m. Planetarium Show; and a 2:15 p.m.: Puppet Show by Anna Sobel. Join Joshua Finkelstein and his best friend Danny as they go on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry. They’ll ask for help from the audience as they try to sort out the clues they get from their family and community.

This event is a collaboration of the Springfield Museums, the Springfield Jewish Community Center, and the PJ Library, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Support for this program is provided by a Jewish Community Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

For more information and for prices, call Sonia Wilk at (413) 739-4715.

(A limited number of FREE Passes are available, firstcome, first served. Contact Wilk by Dec. 15 for more information.)

CAP: Nava Tehila


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