Hanukkah 2012 on Mercer Island

Celebrate the Festival of Lights on Mercer Island with fun events and delicious recipes.

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Here's a couple of local celebrations, including time and place:

Dec. 11: Chanukah at Herzl Ner-Tamid:

  • 6:13-7:30 p.m.
  • At Herzl-Ner Tamid Synagogue, 3700 East Mercer Way. 
  • Refreshments: Potato bar and soufganiot.
  • $10 (adults); free for kids under 13. Bring travel-sized toiletries to donate for Day of Service Personal Needs Drive.

Dec. 15: SJCC Community Hanukkah Celebration - Hanukkah Under the Stars

  • 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • All are welcome to this event at the Stroum Jewish Community Center
  • This community Hannukah celebration includes a concert, storytime, arts and crafts, and community candle lighting
  • Cost: Free admission with donation of personal items to Jewish Family Service such as toothpase, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo or soap.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

TELL US: If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans?


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