Temple Har Shalom welcomes Park City for Hanukkah starting Dec. 8 celebration
What: Hanukkah 2018 When: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 Where: Temple Har Shalom, 3700 Brookside Court Cost: $45 for adult Temple Har Shalom members; $55 for non-members; $20 for children ages 5 to 18; free for children ages 4 and younger Web: harshalomparkcity.org
Hanukkah, which is the Hebrew word for “rededication,” celebrates the reclaiming of the ancient temple in Jerusalem in the second century, B.C.E., when a small band of Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, drove the Greeks from the land.
The band rededicated and purified the temple by removing the pagan images and turned it back into a sacred place, said Deborah Sheldon, director of member relations and administration at Temple Har Shalom.
To commemorate the holiday the Park City synagogue will host a Hanukkah celebration beginning 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Temple Har Shalom, 3700 Brookside Court.
“We’ll start off with a community menorah lighting, and each table in the social hall set up for dinner will have its own menorah,” Sheldon said. “Rabbi David Levinsky will do his blessing, and we’ll all light the candles for the appropriate nights.”
Dinner will be served following the lighting.
The menu will feature options for meat eaters and vegetarians.
“We will have brisket, latkes, vegetables and salads,” Sheldon said. “We’ll even have a huge menorah made from challah.”
Challah is white leavened bread that is baked for Jewish celebrations.
“Jean Glaser makes our challah and she also turns the challah into these hunge menorahs for us,” Sheldon said. “They are amazing.”
Another treat served will be mini sufganiyot pastries.
“These are basically a jelly donut hole,” Sheldon said. “The kids always love them.”
Food will not be the only attraction of the evening.
Chabad of Park City invites the public to celebrate Hanukkah on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Miners Plaza, 415 Main St.
The event will start with the lighting of the menorah, said Rabbi Yudi Steiger.
“The Menorah is a symbol of freedom and hope, which is needed more than ever today,” Steiger said. “We invite the entire Park City community to celebrate together.”
Park City Mayor Andy Beerman will participate in the event, which will also include free latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, music and glow in the dark Hanukkah items.
The menorah lighting will be followed by an indoor party at 324 Main St.
For information, visit jewishparkcity.com
In addition to a dreidel game that will run all night long, children will be able to spend time in an area of their own.
“We’ll get them to do some cookie decorating and other crafts,” Sheldon said. “They will also be entertained by a magician Lance Nielsen, who will start his show at 6:30 p.m.”
Younger children will also get some special attention this year.
“We’re going to offer childcare for the first time,” Sheldon explained. “In the past we’ve always looked after the younger kids, but this year we’ll actually have an area for them.”
The evening will also include balloon twister Debbie Lance.
“She has made a giant dreidel for us last year, and a Jewish star that actually lit up,” Sheldon said. “She’s planning something different this year. It’s a secret, but I know it will be quite grand.”
Lance will create the object on the temple’s social hall stage before she begins to twist balloons for the children.
“She’ll do stuff for the kids all night,” Sheldon said. “She will do Star Wars items, animals and so much more.”
There will also be a Latke Longe for adults ages 21 and older. Those who want to enjoy adult beverages will need to show an ID to enter the lounge, which will be located in the cafe area.
Temple Har Shalom’s Hanukkah celebration is a great way to spend a cold winter evening, Sheldon said.
“All religions have a festival of light during the darkest time of the year, and Jews believe it’s our job to bring light into the world,” she said. “So we are inviting the community to spend the night with us.”
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