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Bring out the donuts!

Chabad of Grass Valley to celebrate Chanukah with food and with fun

Submitted by Chyena Yusewitz
Come for the delicious sufganiyot, stay for the fun. Photo submitted by Chyena Yusewitz

As part of its ongoing Jewish Community outreach programming, Chabad of Grass Valley plans to celebrate Chanukah in the most effective way, with food and with fun! This year, Chabad of Grass Valley is hosting several Chanukah events throughout the eight day Chanukah festival, beginning Sunday night, December 2 through Monday, December 10, 2018.  The events are open to the entire community, free of charge and of course include delicious sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes).

In addition to celebrating the great miracles of old, Chanukah 2018 has extra meaning for the local Nevada County community.

Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz, the director of Chabad of Grass Valley, and his wife Chyena recently purchased a home in Grass Valley, and the feedback from the community has been incredible.  Their home will continue to serve as a hub for Jewish life, with programs and activities for young and old.

“This warms my heart.  More than I knew it would. I never thought I would see this day,” said Rachel, a local community member.  “Thank you both so much for touching this community, and my heart, so deeply.”

Their housewarming Chanukah Party will be held on Monday, December 3, with a special Latke cooking demo by Pinky Zalkin, the Potato Latke Princess of Nevada County.

On Tuesday evening, Grass Valley and Nevada City will be illuminated with Menorah-topped cars.  The evening will culminate with a Menorah Lighting at Raley’s Supermarket, dancing, and of course –  Sufganiyot!  Gluten free Kosher donuts sponsored by Raley’s.

The highlight of the Chanukah season will be the kindling of a public nine foot Chanukah menorah erected at Robinson Plaza, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, followed by a community-wide celebration on Thursday, December 6, at 5 p.m., the fifth night of the eight-day holiday. The ceremony, organized by Chabad Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz, will feature greetings by elected officials and a performance by the dancing Rabbis from Brooklyn, NY.  Following the menorah lighting ceremony, hundreds will dance, sing and eat the night away with latkes, donuts, coffee and more!

To learn more about the Chanukah parties and Menorah Listings scheduled for this year, including a community Shabbat dinner, latke bar at Raley’s and more, visit or call Rabbi Nochum at (530) 404-0020.   You can RSVP for the events on Facebook at or by calling (530) 404-0020.

For full listing of all eight days of celebrations, visit or call (530) 404-0020 to RSVP.

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