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Chanukah Celebration is December 24

Dec 12, 2016 02:00AM
This year the Jewish Festival of Lights (Chanukah or Hanukkah) is observed beginning on December 24 at sundown and continues for eight nights. It is a joyous holiday commemorating the Jews of Judea's victory over the rule of the Greeks some 2,200 years ago. When they prepared their temple for rededication, they found a small amount of purified oil to kindle the temple light for a single day. Miraculously, the light continued to burn for eight days.

Jews around the world celebrate Chanukah by lighting a menorah, one candle for each of the eight nights, singing songs, playing games centered on the dreidel (a four-sided spinning top), eating potato pancakes known as latkes and sufganiya, a kind of jelly donut cooked in oil, peeling and eating chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, and giving gifts to one another (one for each night.)

The Jewish Community of Amelia Island (JCAI) is holding its Chanukah party at the Property Owners Clubhouse in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and is open to all those who wish to celebrate with us on the first night of Chanukah, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. In the past, Chanukah festivities had been held in the private home of a JCAI member. However, the event has drawn so many participants, including children and grandchildren, that a larger venue was needed. In addition to a latke cooking contest, everyone brings an appetizer, entrée, or dessert to share. Bring your family menorah and join in the fun. You don't have to be Jewish to like latkes.

The JCAI e-blast newsletter is sent to 185 members and friends and announces this and other events of interest such as the monthly Shabbat and High Holy Days services, and Passover, which is celebrated with a traditional Seder meal and service. During these events, the JCAI collects food for donation to local charity groups on Amelia Island.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the JCAI, attend a service or other holiday event, or receive the newsletter, please contact Debbie Price at [email protected]