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Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Judie Jacobson

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CHANUKAH CANDLE-LIGHTING & CELEBRATIONS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Orange – Chanukah Dinner and Service; Shabbat dinner, latkes and treats at 5:45 p.m., followed by services at 7 p.m.; Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., (203) 288-3877. Fee for dinner.

Ridgefield – “Hanukkah! Songs of Light and Hope” with TSI Adult Choir and Talented Teens; 7:30 p.m.; Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589, www.tsiridgefield.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Norwalk – Chanukah Chocolate Factory and Hebrew School Open House; chocolate candy-making activities, donut-making, latke bar, and Chanukah crafts; 10:30 a.m. – noon; Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk, 40 King St., (203) 866-0534, bethisraelct@gmail.com, www.bethisraelct.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Colchester – Giant Menorah Lighting on the Colchester Town Green, hosted by Chabad Jewish Center; hot cider, latkes, music, raffles; 6 p.m.; Colchester Town Green, Main St. and Norwich Ave.; (860) 659-2422, rabbi@chabader.com, chabadER.com. FREE

Middlebury – Menorah Lighting; arranged by the Middelbury Congregation Church on the Middlebury Green; 3:30 p.m.; (203) 577-4505.

New Canaan – First night of Chanukah menorah lighting; clergy from Temple Shalom in Norwalk will lead prayers and songs; 6 p.m.; there will be candle lighting led by families on the following seven nights of Chanukah at 5 p.m.; at G-d’s Acre; (203) 966-2797. FREE

West Hartford – First Night of Chanukah menorah lighting, latkes, donuts and music; 4:30 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241, www.bethdavidwh.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Greenwich – Chanukah Concert, Shabbat Dinner and Latke Fest featuring a performance by the Maccabeats; concert at 3 p.m., menorah lighting led by Chabad pre-school and Hebrew school children at 4 p.m., dinner and Latke Fest at 5 p.m.; hosted by Chabad of Greenwich; at Greenwich YMCA, 50 Putnam Ave., (203) 629-9059. $35 adults/$25 children/$100 per family.

Newington – Chanukah celebration following Shabbat service at 6 p.m.; Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., (860) 561-1055.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Simsbury – Simsbury Celebrates Chanukah; candle lighting, dreidels, card decorating for residents of local assisted living facilities, hosted by the Mandell JCC; at Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., (860) 236-4571.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Fairfield – Menorah lighting and celebration; kosher refreshments, latkes, dreidels and more; sponsored by Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk and the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life; 5 p.m.; at Stew Leonard’s, U.S. Rte 1 Post Rd. (203) 866-0534, bethisraelct.org.

Southington – Chanukah Celebration at a private home; candle lighting, dreidels, latkes and other holiday foods; hosted by Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation. (860) 276-9113, gsjc.org.

West Hartford – “Fire on ICE,” a Chanukah celebration; menorah lighting and party in a heated tent; music, children’s choir, food, raffle; watch a master ice carver create a menorah from simple blocks of ice, which will then be lit; 4 p.m.; Blue Back Square; (860) 232-1116. FREE

West Hartford – Fifth Night Chanukah; planetarium shows, holiday crafts, stories, hands-on fun; hosted by the Mandell JCC, PJ Library, Big Tent Judaism; 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.; at the Children’s Museum of Connecticut, 950 Trout Brook Dr.; (860) 231-6342. FREE, bring an unwrapped children’s toy. Reservations required.

Weston – Menorah Lighting; music, latkes, dreidels and more; led by Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life; 6:30 p.m.; at Weston Shopping Center, 190 Weston Rd. FREE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

West Hartford – Chanukah Celebration of Yiddish Culture and Film, hosted by the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford; 5:30 p.m.; at Hebrew High School of New England, 300 Bloomfield Ave.

West Hartford – Latke Throwdown; sample traditional and new latke recipes; 4 – 6 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.

Westport – Menorah lighting; music, latkes, dreidels and more; hosted by the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life; 7:30 p.m.; at Compo Acres Shopping Center, 400 Post Rd. East, (203) 635-4118. FREE

Wilton – Menorah lighting; music, latkes, dreidels and more; led by Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life; 5:30 p.m.; on the Wilton Town Green; (203) 635-4118. FREE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Greenwich – Chanukah party for teens at a Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center, with a Chanukah half-time show by the Maccabeats; limo ride to and from the game; hosted by Chabad of Greenwich; chabadgreenwich.org, (203) 629-9059.

Greenwich – Chanukah Candle Lighting and Dinner; 6:15 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7165, alice.schoen@templeshlom.com.

Norwalk – Chanukah Celebration featuring a Chanukah skit, candel lighting, latkes, sing-a-long, and a Chanukah “short,” services at 5:30 p.m., followed by candle lighting at 5:45 p.m.; Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., (203) 838-2710.

West Hartford – Hands on Hanukkah Celebration; light dinner, crafts, dreidels and more; 6 p.m.; Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 233-2774, school@emanuelsynagogue.org. $6 per person/$20 family cap. Bring a children’s book as a donation.

West Hartford – PJ Library Chanukah Storytime, 11 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square.

West Hartford – Edible Dreidels and Chanukah Crafts, 4 – 6 p.m., Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Middletown – Chanukah Celebration;

candle lighting, singing, dinner and activities; bring your own menorah; and individually packaged snacks, like granola bars, microwavable popcorn, cookies, chips, etc. or travel-size toiletries or first aid items, or entertainment items to be packed up onto boxes and sent to soldiers who are wounded or serving in combat zones; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Adath Israel, 8 Broad St., (860) 346-4709, adathisraelrs@yahoo.com.  FREE (including dinner).

South Norwalk – Chanukah @ The Loft for Jewish singles, couples and professionals in their 20s and 30s; menorah lighting, appetizers, latkes, cash bar raffle, door prizes; hosted by Young Jewish Professionals, CT; at The Loft, 97 Washington St, (203) 635-4118, youngjewishP@gmail.com, schneersoncenter.org. $10 by Nov. 27/$12 at the door.

Stamford – Chanukah at the Observatory; light the menorah and learn about light in the night sky from astronomers; view the moon, planets and space objects through a 22” Research telescope; Chanukah snack; hosted by Selah; 6 – 7:30 p.m.; at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center Observatory, selahfairfieldcounty.org. $6 per person (including children).

West Hartford – PJ Library Chanukah Storytime; 10:30 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square; 4 – 6 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Greenwich – Sholom Center Interfaith

Holiday Lighting, 6 p.m., hosted by Temple Sholom; at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Ave., alice.schoen@templeshlom.com,

(203) 542-7165.

West Hartford – Big Ten Chanukah at the Annual Holiday Stroll at Blue Back Square; songs, stories and more; 5 – 8 p.m.

Woodbridge – Children’s Chanukah Event; interactive musical theater event; 6:30 p.m.; Greater New Haven JCC, 360 Amity Rd., (203) 387-2522. $5 per child.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Cheshire – Annual Chanukah Shabbat Dinner; dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by services at 7 p.m.; celebrate the conclusion of Chanukah with food, song and games; Rainbow Loom Exchange for children (children exchange bracelets); Congregation Kol Ami, 1484 Highland Ave., (203) 272-1006, kolamischool@gmail.com.

Greenwich – Chanukah Live! Shir Ami Rockin’ Band and Choirs, pot-luck gourmet latke dinner, candle lighting and Shabbat service with Chanukah sing-along; 6 p.m.; at First Presbyterian Church, One West Putnam Ave. (203) 274-5376. $25 adults/$10 teens 13-18/FREE for children under 13.

Simsbury – Tot Shabbat Hop for children from birth to five years old; songs, prayers, PJ Library stories; 5:45 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, (860) 231-6327, emacgilpin@mandelljcc.org.


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