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Nevada County Jewish Community Center invites public to Chanukah Party

Congregation B’nai Harim of the Nevada County Jewish Community Center invites the public to its annual Chanukah Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Love Building in Condon Park, 544 Butler St., Grass Valley.

There will be candlemaking, games, latkes and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts), singing, raffle prizes and a performance by local juggler and storyteller Izzi Tooinsky.

The NCJCC Sisterhood gift shop will be on site with all things Chanukah: dreidels, Chanukah candles, menorahs and other gifts for all ages.

Admission to the party is $5 per person. Children 3 and under are free.

Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians.

It celebrates the miracle of one day’s worth of lamp oil lasting for eight days by lighting a candelabra — called a menorah — that holds eight candles, plus one additional candle that lights the others.

Traditional foods include latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil — and sufganiot, which are jelly doughnuts fried in oil. Chanukah lasts for eight days and falls on the 25th of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar.

That means that this year, coincidentally, it begins at sundown on Christmas Eve and ends at sundown on New Year’s Day.

For more information, please visit http://www.ncjcc.org or call the NCJCC office at 477-0922.