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HANNUKAH HAPPENINGS

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

HOLYOKE– 3rd Annual Holyoke Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St., 6-7:30 p.m., followed by songs, dreidels, and refreshments inside City Hall; Contact: Sons of Zion, (413) 534-3369 or office@sonsofzionholyoke.org; Open to the community.

SPRINGFIELD– Springfield JCC Hanukkah First Light Celebration; 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Hannukah Cycle-a-thon and Vendor Fair (contact Emily Shotland for details: eshotland@springfieldjcc.org.); At 4:30 p.m.: JCC’s Early Learning Center family program — making a Hanukkah menorah to display in the EJC, dribble self portraits and Hanukkah candle-ware color resistant paintings; 5:30 p.m.: lighting of largest menorah in Western Mass. at the JCC; 6 p.m.: Concert featuring Rabbi Noam Katz; Concert is free and open to the public, Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., www.SpringfieldJCC.org.

WORCESTER– Worcester Jewish Community Center 2nd Annual Hanukkah Latke Taste-Off: Enter your own latkes; prizes will be awarded for most innovative latke, best traditional latke and best overall presentation; Attendees can try a selection of latkes and vote for their favorites; includes Hanukkah activities for kids, 2 p.m., Worcester JCC 633 Salisbury St.; To enter the contest: contact Nancy Greenberg at ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org; RSVP to attend by Nov. 27: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org.

WORCESTER– Chabad’s Giant Menorah at Newton Square, 4 p.m.; followed by Worcester Jewish Community Chanukah Celebration at Central Mass Chabad, 5 p.m., 22 Newton Ave.; FREE

WORCESTER– Worcester Airport Menorah Lighting, every night at 5:30 p.m., from Dec. 2-9; hosted by Central Mass Chabad.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 3

HOLYOKE– Klezmer Chanukah Celebration; bring your menorah and candles to light together with the community, enjoy klezmer music, sufganiot, latkes and refreshements, and play dreidel with chocolate gelt; 6:30-8 p.m., at Rodphey Sholom, 1800 Northampton St., (413) 534-5262. Suggested donation; $5/person; $10/family. Open to the public.

SPRINGFIELD- Menorah Lighting at Court Square; Join LYA for a community lighting ceremony on Court Square with Springfield elected officials and dignitaries, community leaders, and schoolchildren; Enjoy latkes, cocoa and dreidels; 3:15 p.m., Downtown Springfield; Contact: Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky, (413) 567-8665, www.LYA.org, info@lya.org.

WORCESTER– Chabad at Clark University Giant Menorah Lighting, 6 p.m., Red Square; *Students can light menorahs each night from 5-7 p.m. in Clark University Center.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

LONGMEADOW– Spin into Chanukah — LYA PTO Chanukah Dinner, with yo-yo and spinning top demonstration by Brett Outchcunis; dinner will include a meat and pasta dinner with Chanukah specialties latkes and donuts (a vegetarian/vegan option is available upon request). A Chanukah menorah lighting and performance by the LYA Choir will follow dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1148 Converse St., RSVP by calling LYA at (413) 567-8665 or email and info@LYA.org. $9/adults; $5/child; $40/family price (2 adults and 5 children under age 11).

WORCESTER– Sufganyot Family Workshop, hosted by Central Mass Chabad, 4 p.m., 22 Newton Ave.

WORCESTER– N’shei Chabad annual Chanukah Party, hosted by Central Mass Chabad, time TBA.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

LONGMEADOW– JLI Chanukah Dinner featuring entertainment by Mentalist Jonathan Blair; the event for adults only will include a catered dinner and menorah lighting, 6:30 p.m., 1148 Converse St., RSVP and contact: Rabbi Yakov Wolff at 413-348-4978 or email Rabbiymwolff@gmail.com. $30

WORCESTER– Chanukah With Worcester Retailers, Central Mass Chabad, 7:05 p.m., DCU center, Tickets: Leivik (508) 926-9025.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

LONGMEADOW – Menorah Lighting on the Green with LYA, 4 p.m., Longmeadow Town Green, with Chanukah treats; Contact: Rabbi Noach Kosofsky at (413) 567-8665.

WORCESTER – Chanukah Story Time, hosted by Central Mass Chabad, 4 p.m., Worcester Public Library.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

WORCESTER – Chanukah Shabbat Dinner, traditional Shabbat dinner with latkes and more, 5:15 p.m., at home of the Fogelmans, 53 Midland St.; chani@centralmasschabad.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

SPRINGFIELD – Celebrate Chanukah with the Springfield Thunderbirds; Celebrate Chanukah with LYA at game between the Springfield Thunderbirds & Charlotte Checkers; game start: 7:05 p.m., Menorah Lighting on the ice during the first  Intermission; Tickets: $12 a ticket (savings of $5) if purchased through LYA, contact Rochel Leah Kosofsky at morahk@lya.org. (Tickets must be ordered and paid for by Friday, Nov. 30)

SHREWSBURY – Lights & Strikes, a Chabad Young Professional Chanukah Celebration for Jews in their 20s and 30s; 8 p.m., Bowlero, 405 Boston Turnpike, $20 cover includes unlimited bowling, rental shoes, food and drinks; (508) 926-9025.

WORCESTER – Temple Emanuel Sinai Chanukah Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m., Temple Emanuel Sinai, 661 Salisbury St., Cost: $10 per adult, $5 for children under 18, maximum of $25 per family. RSVP: by Nov. 28:  (508) 755-1257 or office@emanuelsinai.org. ** If you are not able to attend and would like to make a donation or sponsor a family, please visit https://emanuelsinai.org/giving/

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 9

GREENFIELD – Light the Night: A Chanukah Celebration with Temple Israel at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center; the community-wide celebration will include candlemaking and lighting, music and dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, 4-6:30 p.m., (bring your menorahs for the candlelighting at 5:30 p.m.), 289 Main St., $10/adults; $5/children; latkes will be available for purchase.

LONGMEADOW – Annual Katz Family Chanukah Breakfast at Congregation B’nai Torah; breakfast cooked by City of Homes, electrifying musical entertainment with Daniel Gil, Chanukah crafts and activities for children as well as baking Chanukah cookies; 9:30-11 am., 2 Eunice Drive, RSVP: (413) 567-036 or office@bnaitorahma.org. FREE & open to All!

LONGMEADOW – Fire on Ice at Longmeadow Shops – Menorah lighting at Longmeadow Shoppes, Williams Street; activities begin at 4 p.m.; with menorah carved out of ice (ice-carving demonstration at 4:30 p.m.); menorah lighting at 5 p.m.; fire juggler at 5:15 p.m.; includes Chanukah activities, music, dreidels, hot cocoa, donuts, hot latkes, and hot coffee; Contact: Rabbi Yakov Wolff 413-348-4978. FREE & open to the public.

WORCESTER – Chabad Hebrew School Children’s Chanukah Carnival, 10 a.m. – noon, 22 Newton St.; $5/child.

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