Hanukkah Happenings

Hannukah concludes on Dec. 9 and those looking for ways to celebrate the holiday have plenty of options throughout the state.

Courtesy of the Jewish Ledger, here’s a list of Hanukkah-related events:


Hamden – Hanukkah Dinner & Service; dinner 5:45 p.m., service 7 p.m. Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., (203) 288-3877.
West Hartford – “First Shabbat” program for preschoolers with games, activities and projects, 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon, The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 233-2774, school@emanuelsynagogue.org. FREE

West Hartford – Hanukkah concert featuring Pey Dalid, an international band that sings in both English and Hebrew, blending a variety of musical styles, incorporating rock, reggae and other popular genres, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241.

Dec. 5

Bridgeport – Hanukkah in Song concert featuring Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, musical director Stephen Glass, followed by latkes and a dessert reception; 3 p.m.; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Ave., (203) 334-0159, www.rodephsholom.com/concert.

Norwalk – Hanukkah Party, with candle-lighting, light dinner, latkes, sufganiot, crafts for kids, prizes; 4 – 6 p.m.; Temple Beth El, 109 East Ave.; iris.raber@gmail.com. $10 per person/$40 family max.

Sherman – Family Hanukkah Party with storyteller Shari Lynn; 1 – 3 p.m.; Sherman JCC, 39 Rte 9 South, (860) 355-8050. $5 per family

West Hartford – “Miracle of Miracles” Orchestral Holiday Concert; featuring Israeli cellist Michael Katz; premiere of a new orchestral work “The Prayerbook,” narration by Rabbi James Rosen; and more; pre-concert Hanukkah dinner 5:30 p.m.; concert 7 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave, (860) 233-9696. Concert $15 adults/$10 seniors/students; FREE children 12 and under.

West Hartford – Hanukkah concert featuring ShirLaLa, (aka, Shira Kline) and her Jewish kiddie rock band, plus the national premiere of a new Shalom Sesame holiday film, “Hanukkah: The Missing Menorah,”1 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6342, jpasternak@mandelljcc.org.

Westport – Fair Trade Gift Bazaar sponsored by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism; handcrafted gifts from developing nations; 10 – 11:30 a.m.; at Bedford Middle School, North Ave.

Dec. 6

Hamden – Hanukkah party hosted by National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Haven Section, entertainment by Dr. Kevin Mack; refreshments, latkes; 1 p.m.; at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Rd.

Dec. 7

Old Greenwich – Third Annual “A Taste of Hanukkah” party hosted by Meet & Mingle: The Network for Jewish Singles ages 55+ of the Jewish Family Services of Greenwich; 7 p.m.; at Hyatt Regency of Greenwich, 1800 East Putnam Avenue, (203) 622-1881 x11, jfsmeetandmingle@yahoo.com. $30 in advance; $40 at the door

Newtown – Community candle-lighting with pot luck dinner to follow; 6:30 p.m.; Congregation Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Rd., (203) 426-5188.

Dec. 8

Greenwich – Hanukkah Story Time and Music with Rabbi Mitch and Cantor Asa, welcome new members with Hanukkah stories and songs, light food; 4:30 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7172.

Dec. 12

Westport – Family Hanukkah celebration, with a service celebrating the traditions and stories of Hanukkah from a humanistic perspective, followed by a party with food, arts and crafts, games; 10 a.m.; hosted by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave. (203) 226-5451.


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