Plans set for Chanukah celebration
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Chanukah at the Stroum Jewish Community Center's Chanukah Celebration Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. on Mercer Island.
The celebration offers a "taste" of Chanukah for all ages--from Israeli folk dancing, entertainment, and traditional Chanukah foods to hands-on activities for children and vendors offering an array of holiday gifts and books.
The first night of Chanukah is Thursday, Dec. 5. It continues for eight days in Jewish homes around the world.
As part of the Chanukah Celebration, children can challenge each other and themselves on the Maccabi Obstacle Course; enter the Dreidel Den to place "bets" and play the Dreidel game; listen to Chanukah stories and songs and watch a special Chanukah play, The Gift, presented by the center's Spotlight Youth Theatre. Kids can also visit art stations and make milk carton Dreidels, wax catchers, Chanukah cards, decorations, and mobiles.
Entertainment includes songs by local Jewish youth choirs and "Dan, Dan The Music Man," a sing-along and puppet show. Adults can join in Israeli dancing led by Gordon Hamlin, or hear "Chanukah, the Inside Scoop," presented by Rivy Poupko Kletenick.
A new part of the Chanukah Celebration is a Holiday Bazaar, with vendors offering gifts for adults and children: books, jewelry, toys, clothes, arts, and more.
A Latke Lunch will be served for $3.50 a plate, with latkes and all the toppings, fruit, and drink. The afternoon will end with a symbolic candle lighting ceremony and community sing-a-long.
Admission to the Chanukah Celebration is $3 for adults and $2 for children; two years and under are free. Admission includes all activities except the Latke Lunch.
The Stroum Jewish Community Center is located at 3801 E. Mercer Way on Mercer Island. For more information and directions, call 232-7115.