PHOTO: This year, families will share the light of Chanukah with menorahs in their windows and in Zoom rooms. Last year, Jodi Garber-Simon and her family lit up their neighborhood with window menorahs.
Join the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and the Greater Portland Jewish community each night of Chanukah at 5:30 pm for candle-lighting, blessings and family-friendly activities, all of this virtual.
“Just because we can’t be together in person doesn’t mean that we can’t be a community together,” says MJCC Arts and Culture Manager Lenny Steinberg. “The MJCC invites you to explore our new virtual Chanukah platform, to connect with us on Facebook and Zoom, and to stay engaged in the ways that we are able. Our goal is to ensure the whole community still has a place to learn, celebrate and light our menorahs as one Portland Jewish family.”
Dec. 10 Sing-along: We will open the Festival of Lights with local musical talent Kim Schneiderman. Kim will play all the best Chanukah hits for your family to enjoy!
Dec. 11, Chanukah Shabbat: Join us as we light the Chanukah menorah and bless the Shabbat candles on the same night!
Dec. 12, Chanukah Havdallah: Create Chanukah-themed crafts that you and your family will be sure to love!
Dec. 13, Latkes with Lenny: Tired of the same old latke recipe? Join Lenny as he explores different takes on latkes from all over the world in this cooking demo.
Dec. 14, Story Time and Activities: Laura Gehl, author of Happy Llamakkah!, presents this highly interactive presentation. The award-winning author of nearly 20 books for young readers draws on her theater background to provide fun for all ages.
Dec. 15, Chanukah Zumba: Join MJCC Zumba instructor Mandy for this fun and high-energy Zumba class with Chanukah-themed music.
Dec. 16, An Evening with Cantor Bitton: Join Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Cantor Eyal Bitton for Chanukah insights and another sing-along!
Dec. 17, Story Time and Activities: Join Erica Perl, author of The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, for an evening of fun. She has received the National Jewish Book Award, the Sydney Taylor Silver Medal and is a Sydney Taylor Notable. Erica is a crowd-pleasing presenter at schools, libraries and community events. She will bring that same energy to Zoom.
For more information, contact Lenny at email@example.com. At 5:30 pm, Dec. 10-17, join in on Zoom or Facebook at https://fb.me/e/fUnvSXBf5.