Top Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In St. Louis

Top Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In St. Louis

Hanukkah is traditionally a quiet holiday, celebrated at home, and very much beloved by families and children. Under the influence of Christmas, Hannukah has become the primary gift-giving celebration of the Jewish calendar, and enjoys some public celebrations as well. St. Louis has a few public opportunities to gather and enjoy the holidays with friends, family and community. Here is this year’s update of our previous Top Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah in St. Louis article. 

Chanukah: Festival of Lights
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577‑5100
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

Date: Dec. 6, 2014 
The Botanical Garden has been celebrating Hanukkah for many years with a Festival of Lights event that includes live Israeli folk music, dancing and a menorah-lighting ceremony. Guests will also be able to shop in the Chanukah Marketplace, with local vendors and the Garden Gate Shop offering traditional gifts and decorations. Take a walk through the gardens to admire the flora and fauna as well.

Festival of the Daughters
Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 432-5700
www.jccstl.com

Date: Dec. 23, 2014

Chag HaBanot, or the Festival of the Daughters, is a traditional North African celebration that takes place during Hanukkah. According to some legends, it was the women who did the work of rededicating the Temple, and this festival honors their spirit. Bring your mother or daughter for a special candle-lighting ceremony, North African-themed gift giving and a light dinner in celebration of traditional and modern Jewish heroines.

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Hands On Hanukkah
Jewish Community Center Event
Target in Brentwood
25 Brentwood Promenade Ct.
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 442-3267
www.jccstl.com

Date: Dec. 21, 2014

This annual event is directed toward kids six years old and younger, plus their families and siblings. Kids will make origami dreidels, color Hanukkah scenes, sample tasty foods and more. There will be photo opportunities and a chance to win a basket of holiday goodies. 

Chanukah Shabat Service – Rededication
Congregation Temple Israel
1 Rabbi Alvan D Rubin Dr.
St Louis, MO 63141
(314) 432-8050
www.ti-stl.org

Date: Dec. 19, 2014

Join the Congregation Temple Israel in the Sanctuary for this weekly Shabat service that falls during the holiday. Enjoy this opportunity to commemorate freedom from religious oppression, the human spirit and the miraculous support of the Divine. This service will get you in the spirit of the season and remind you of the real reason to celebrate.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com