Dec 14 MENORAH-BUILDING WORKSHOP Chabad of St. Johns is partnering with Lowe’s for a Pre-Chanukah Menorah-Building Workshop. Wearing mini Lowe’s aprons and goggles, kids will craft their very own unique Menorahs with a host of supplies available from Lowe’s. Chabad will provide hot latkes and fresh doughnuts. Reservations are appreciated to ensure enough supplies. RSVP to [email protected]. Chabad St. Johns, 701-4422,

Dec 15 CHANUKAH HOLIDAY BAKING Get ready for Chanukah, by making and enjoying traditional Israeli jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) with Morah Karen. Ages 3-6 yrs. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Jewish Community Alliance, 730-2100,

DEC 16 BEACHES 12TH ANNUAL CHANUKAH CELEBRATION Chabad is hosting a Chanukah celebration and fun fair on Tuesday, December 16th at the Ponte Vedra Library. The event will include family Chanukah fun and an Arts and Crafts Fair. Children will also have the opportunity to get their face painted and pose for photos in dreidel costume. The event will begin at the Ponte Vedra Library at 4:30pm. At 6pm, guests will be escorted across the street to Chabad via police escort for a Giant Menorah Lighting ceremony with hot latkes and fresh jelly donuts. At 7pm, following the ceremony, adults are invited to hear Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger give a talk titled “Against All Odds A Nazi’s Son Speaks.” Chanukah is the eight-day Jewish “Festival of Lights,” which begins this year at sundown, Tuesday, December 16th. Each evening at sunset an additional candle is lit to commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago. The holiday also celebrates the miracle of one day’s worth of pure ritual oil burning for eight days until a new supply could be obtained. Chabad Beaches, 543-9301,

Dec 16 JCA ANNUAL CHANUKAH PARTY The JCA’s annual Chanukah celebration will take place on Tuesday, December 16th and will begin at 5:45pm with the lighting of the giant Chanukiyah. The festivities will continue with kosher hotdogs, latkes and Chanukah songs and entertainment. The evening will conclude with crafts, activities and games for the entire family. This event is free for JCA members and is $15 to guests/non-members. All are welcome to attend. Jewish Community Alliance 730-2100,

Dec 16 NOCATEE’S ANNUAL MENORAH LIGHTING The Annual Menorah Lighting at Nocatee will take place at 6:30pm. Chabad St. Johns 904-701-4422

Dec 17 ANNUAL WORLD GOLF VILLAGE MENORAH LIGHTING The Annual Menorah Lighting at World Golf Village will take place on Wednesday, December 17, at 6:30pm. Chabad St. Johns 701-4

Dec 21 ANNUAL CHANUKAH AT THE LANDING This year’s event will feature musician Sha-ron Kushnir, a Grand Chanukah Family Carnival and Fair and, as always, the kindling of Jacksonville’s tallest Menorah. The afternoon will feature a variety of kiosks and exhibitions, including Judaica Gifts, books and more, Popcorn, Chanukah Donut Decorating, Carnival Games and Inflatables, Olive Press Demonstration, Free Latkes, Chanukah Arts ‘N’ Crafts, Candle Making, Face Painting, Burger, Hot Dogs, Deli and Falafel and more. The Annual Menorah Lighting and Fair is open to the public and free of charge. Food and other items will be sold. Kicking off the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade – a beautiful demonstration of Jewish pride and solidarity. The convoy including Chabad of Southside, Beaches, St. Augustine, Clay County and St. Johns, will gather at 1:30pm and depart 1:50pm sharp from Chabad regional headquarters in Mandarin.  All locations will meet-up along the way and join a single procession towards the Jacksonville Landing, Hogan Street Entrance, where the Chanukah event will take place. Chabad Beaches, 543-9301,

Dec 22 ATLANTIC BEACH CHANUKAH Chabad at the Beaches hosts a Chanukah Celebration in Atlantic Beach. A fast paced hour of family Chanukah fun will begin at 5:30pm followed by the lighting of a seven-foot menorah at 6:30pm. This special event will be accompanied by warm latkes, free raffles and more. There will also be crafts, dreidels distributed for the children and Chanukah music. The entire community is invited to this event. Chabad Beaches 543-9301,


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