Celebrating Hanukkah: Happenings & Highlights 2

The upcoming holiday season includes a wide range of joyous celebrations in our local community for families of all faiths. This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 6, lasts for eight days and concludes the eve of December 14. Hanukkah, or “Chanukah,” as it is sometimes spelled, is a festival of lights celebrated by many to commemorate the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Syrian Greek army and the restoration of the menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Many family-oriented and fun-filled community events offer an opportunity to celebrate the season.

December 6  The Shirettes at Temple Etz Chaim

On Sunday, December 6th at 5 p.m., Temple Etz Chaim will host a free community concert featuring the sensational trio, The Shirettes. The Shirettes are the premiere music educators among Early Childhood Centers in the Jewish communities of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the Conejo Valley. The music program will include popular Shirettes’ original songs, as well as traditional Hanukkah tunes, designed to engage and involve the audience. The concert will be held in the Paskow Sanctuary at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks 91360. Admission is free for all ages, however RSVPs are appreciated. Please email dena@templeetzchaim.org to reserve your spot.

December 6  Chanukah at the Shoppes

Chabad of the Conejo will be hosting a Grand Menorah Lighting event at The Shoppes in Westlake Village on Sunday, December 6 at 5 p.m. In addition to the menorah lighting, the celebration will include food, music, family-fun activities and crafts and a special performance by Kenny Ellis, singing from his album “Hanukkah Swings” and featuring The Lamplighters Choir.

December 9  Hanukkah at Janss Marketplace

Temple Etz Chaim will also host a festive, community-wide menorah lighting and celebration at Janss Marketplace on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. Stop by for a fun-filled evening with festive music, songs and latkes for all!

Celebrating the holiday season with family and community members makes for joyous memories that last a lifetime.