Hanukkah celebrations

December 13, 2008 

n Dec. 14 — Eight Days of Oil at Morton’s Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. 1-4 p.m. For information, contact Ava Hodous at 371-4546, ext. 109, or Orna Nissan, 371-4546, ext. 104.

n Dec. 21 — Community-wide Hanukkah celebration at Five Points Park in Sarasota starting at 4 p.m. Festivities include the lighting of a 9-foot menorah, crafts, a visit from Judah the Maccabee, music by a community children’s choir, free dreidels, gelt, latkes and other assorted treats. The event is free. For more information, contact the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation at 371-4546 or go to www.smjf.org.

n Dec. 21 — Grand Hanukkah Festival in Venice at the Venice Community Center, 326 Venice Ave. starting at 3 p.m. Festivities include a concert by Rocking Rabbi Dr. Laz and his band and a Hanukkah performance by the Chabad Hebrew School. Admission - $10 for adults; children $5. For more information, call 493-2770.

n Dec. 21 — Toys for a Smile Mitzvah Factory/Olive Oil Factory to benefit special needs and hospitalized children. 11 a.m.-noon at the Chabad Jewish Center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, suite 101 in Bradenton. Free. Call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 752-3030.

n Dec. 22 — Hanukkah Extravaganza on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch at 6 p.m. Live music, menorah lighting, face painting dreidels, latkes and a Hanukkah shopping fair. Free. For more information, contact Chanie Bukeit at 752-3030.

n Dec. 23 — Hanukkah party 8-9:30 p.m. for singles ages 21-37 at the Beach Club, 5151 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. $5 before Dec. 19, and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Blair at bwsitework@comcast.net.

n Dec. 23 — Hanukkah party 7 p.m. for singles ages 35-65 at Canvas Café Wine Bar, 239 Links Ave. Sarasota. $18 before Dec. 19, and $30 at the door.

n Dec. 24 — Hanukkah party 6 p.m. for singles ages 60 plus at Canvas Café Wine Bar, 239 Links Ave. Sarasota. $18 before Dec. 22, and $30 at the door. Information: Annabelle at 349-9287.

n Dec. 27 – Interfaith family celebration 5-7 p.m. at Bounce U, 1925 Northgate Ave., Sarasota. $5 per family by Dec. 23, and $15 at the door. Space is limited. Information: Rabbi Elaine Glickman at 379-1997.

n Dec. 28 – Hanukkah party 7:30 p.m. for gay and lesbian Jews at Canvas Café Wine Bar, 239 Links Ave. Sarasota. $18 before Dec. 24 and $30 at the door. Information: Judith Yaeger at 312-4984.

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