Hanukkah is here

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This year, the eight-day Hanukkah (also spelled Channukah) festival began on Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 20. Tacoma’s public lighting of the municipal menorah took place Dec. 12 in front of Broadway Center. There is still time to participate in other Hanukkah events within the greater Tacoma area.

Chanukah Extravaganza

Sun., Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m.

Chabad Center, 2146 N. Mildred St., Tacoma

Music, entertainment, dreidels, doughnuts, hot latkes, and more. Info: www.chabadpiercecounty.com

Hanukkah Party

Mon., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

El Shaddai Ministries, 3211 112th St. E., Tacoma

Join us for a night of fun. We will light the candles, play games and have a raffle. Info: www.elshaddaiministries.us/upcoming_events.php

University Place Grand Public Menorah Lighting

Mon., Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.

In front of University Place City Center, 

3715 Bridgeport Way W., University Place

Chabad of Pierce County invites you to the fifth annual grand public menorah lighting in front of the University Place City Center. Local elected officials will join in the lighting. It will be fun for the whole family. There will be music, dreidels, doughnuts, hot latkes and dancing. Info: www.chabadpiercecounty.com

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt of the second century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

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