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Observing Hanukkah 2012 In Richfield

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in the area with fun events and delicious recipes.

Observing Hanukkah 2012 In Richfield

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar,  that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

While Richfield isn't home to any Jewish temples, here's a look at some of the events happening nearby:

  • The Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park will have several services as well as a Hanukkah Shabbat Family Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, following a 5:30 p.m. family service. Reservations and fee required, see website for details. There is also a special Hannukkah program during the 10 a.m. Dec. 14 Babies and Bagels gathering.

For additional events happening around the Twin Cities, check out the community calendars on jewishminnesota.org or tcjewfolk.com.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates  the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

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