Celebrate Hanukkah in La Jolla with these 5 family-friendly events. Hanukkah, or Chanukah, kicks off this year on December 16th at sundown (as all Jewish holidays do), this eight-day celebration commemorates the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “re-dedication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. This joyous holiday is celebrated by lighting a special menorah for eight-nights, indulging in delicious food cooked in oil such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and fun dreidel games.
All, but one, of the following events are hosted by La Jolla Synagogues and are open to the public. Some may require a fee as well as reservations so please plan ahead. There are also opportunities to do some early holiday shopping such as the JCC event and Israel Bazaar & Festival, both on December 7th.
31st Annual Hanukkah Happening at The JCC
When: Sunday, December 7th at 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.
Where: 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, California 92037
Join the fun at the JCC with a special appearance by Elsa and Olaf from Frozen! Featuring jumpy jubilee, games, crafts, prizes, aracade, cake walk, kosher & dairy food plus theme baskets for all ages at great prices! Admission: $3/JCC Member; $4/Non-Member, children under 2 admitted FREE! Free Parking Available (with Validation)
Celebrate Chanukah at Beth El
When: Dec 7, 19, and 21.
Where: 8660 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Get ready for Hanukkah with Israel Bazaar and Festival on Sunday Dec 7 from 12-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of Israeli culture and get ready for Hanukkah. Bring your Hanukkah gelt to buy food, gifts, and more. Special musical performance by Shai Terry. The fun continues on Friday Dec 19th with Chicken and Latkes Hanukkah dinner after services, and Fiesta Hanukkah Party Fiesta on Sunday Dec 21st from 4-6pm. Both events require registration by Dec 16th, register online at www.cbe.org.
Chabad of La Jolla Public Menorah Lighting Ceremony
When: Tuesday, December 16 at 4:30pm
Where: 909 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Bring the whole family to the Village and kick off the first night of Chanukah with the lighting of the Menorah. Featuring: music, fire juggler, dreidels, gifts, latkes and more.
Congregation Beth Israel Chanukah Celebration
When: Friday, December 19 at 6:00pm
Where: 9001 Towne Centre Dr., La Jolla 92037
Celebrate Chanukah in the worship service of your choice and in a full Congregational Chanukah Dinner (open to the community). Bring your menorah from home for a community lighting! Choose from Tot Shabbat, Teen Shabbat Experience or the Full Congregational Dinner and Chanukah Sing Along at 6 p.m. and stay for the Erev Shabbat Service with Shabbat and Festival Choir at 8 p.m. Chanukah Dinner is $12 per person, $6 ages 2-10, $2 under age 2. RSVP for the dinner online at www.cbisd.org/rsvp or to Terri Fine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adat Yeshurun Chanukah Party
When: Sunday, December 21st at 5:30 p.m
Where: 8625 La Jolla Scenic Dr. N., La Jolla, CA 92037
Enjoy a fun night with food, music, and special activities for the children led by Shoshie and her team. Admission: Adults (13 yrs +) $15/adult, Children (4-12 yrs) $8/adult, Ages 3 and under are free. RSVP by Tuesday Dec 16th at email@example.com or call (858) 535-1196.
[source: www.reformjudaism.org; images: Adat Yeshurun]