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Hanukkah at the NCJCC in Grass Valley

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Congregation B'nai Harim of the Nevada County Jewish Community Center invites the public to join its annual Hanukkah party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center located at 506 Walsh Street in Grass Valley.

The community center has been the Jewish home in the Grass Valley-Nevada City area for the past 40 years and our events are open to the community.

At the annual Hanukkah party this year there will be latkes and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts), craft projects, singing, menorah lighting and Israeli dancing. The Nevada County Jewish Community Center Sisterhood gift shop will be open with all things Hanukkah, such as dreidels, Hanukkah candles, menorahs, and all sorts of interesting and fun gifts for all ages.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, which commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. after its desecration.

The Maccabees, a small but might army of freedom fighters, regained control of the Temple and discovered that there was only enough oil to light the lamp for one day, yet it took eight days to make more oil.

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Hanukkah celebrates the miracle that one day's worth of lamp oil lasted for eight days by lighting a candelabra called a menorah that holds eight candles, plus one additional candle called the "shamas" that lights the others.

On the first night, one candle is lit using shamas and each consecutive night an additional candle is lit until the last night when all eight candles plus the shamas are lit.

Traditional foods include latkes, which are potato pancakes fried in oil, and sufganiot, which are jelly doughnuts, also made by being fried in oil to remind us of the miracle with the oil.

The holiday of Hanukkah lasts for eight days and falls on the 25th of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening and ends on the evening of Dec. 9.

The Nevada County Jewish Community Center invites everyone to bring their own menorah and candles to have a community candle lighting with candles for all eight nights burning.

For more information visit http://www.ncjcc.org or call the office at 530-477-0922.

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