Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Los Angeles

Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Los Angeles


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Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, which celebrates the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days in the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem, will be celebrated December 17 through December 24, 2014. The holiday includes many traditions including menorah candle lighting, dreidel spinning and eating oil-based foods such as latkes or potato pancakes and sufganiyot or jelly doughnuts. Get your dreidel spinning and check out five different events to celebrate Hanukkah in the LA community.

Hands-On Hanukkah
KidZone West Hills
6729 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 854-7650
Date: Dec. 14, 2014

This free Hanukkah event in the Valley invites families of all backgrounds. The day’s activities will be geared towards kids ages 1 to 6 years old and their families. Toddlers and preschoolers will get creative at an arts and crafts station, learn to spin the dreidel, participate in a dreidel spin contest and take photos with Danny the Dreidel. Live entertainment will keep kids amused, and sparkle face painting will be offered as well. Don’t forget to enter in the raffle giveaway.


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Hanukkah Family Festival
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
Date: Dec. 14, 2014

Skirball Cultural Center presents Luz y Libertad, a Hanukkah family festival highlighting two of the holiday’s major themes – light and freedom or luz y libertad. This year, Skirball’s take on Hanukkah features the Latin American culture. Through live performances by Pasatono Orquesta (a blend of Mexican folk, Dixieland jazz, African and European music) and Mariachi Guadalajara led by Pablo Sandoval, families will enjoy listening and dancing to unique renditions of Hanukkah songs. Other activities include storytelling, tin art creations, make-your-own light activators and contributing to a giant Hanukkah lamp 3-D paper mural. Tickets are $10, but the event is free to members and children under 12.

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The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah!
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000
Date: Dec. 22, 2014

Spend the 7th night of Hanukkah enjoying traditional klezmer music at Walt Disney Hall. The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah! concert will feature unique Hanukkah songs with the musical and cultural influences of Eastern Europe, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and folk. The Klezmatics bring contemporary life to Yiddish culture through playful renditions of Hanukkah songs. Formed in 1986, Grammy-winning The Klezmatics have collaborated with violinist Itzhak Perlman, Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. Concert tickets range from $42 to $105 per seat.

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Hanukkah Festival
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 761-8984
Date: Dec. 14, 2014

Zimmer Children’s Museum welcomes kids of all ages to celebrate the Festival of Lights. The Hanukkah Festival will be filled with lots of fun activities. Participants will get into a game of Hanukkah BINGO, make art that highlights spinning dreidels or spin art and enjoy a special guest performance by general and Judaica music specialist Addie Lupert at 3 p.m. Zimmer Children’s Museum is a hands-on, exhibit-based non-profit cultural institution. Children 0 to 8 years old explore and discover inspiring ideas including identity, diversity, philanthropy and tzedakah. Regular museum rates apply.

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Grand Menorah Lighting at Glendale Galleria
2nd Floor near Macy’s
100 W. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 240-2750
Date: Dec. 21, 2014

Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities is lighting up the Hanukkah spirit. The public is invited to a free Hanukkah celebration, which will take place at Glendale Galleria on the second level of the mall in front of Macy’s. Chabad rabbis will lead the community in the menorah lighting and prayers and holiday songs. Everyone is invited to spin dreidels and revel in the festival of lights.

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