By Betsy Natter
It’s soon time for Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration also known as the Festival of Lights. The eight day festival remembers the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. It takes place this year from sundown Sunday, December 2nd to sundown, Monday, December 10th. Each night of the celebration another candle is lit on the menorah in remembrance of the lights that kept burning in the Temple in Jerusalem for eight days, despite only enough oil to keep the flame alive for one.
Several events are planned throughout Montgomery County as part of the annual celebration. Join in the fun by attending one of the events below. And there are also local markets and bakeries that are ready to help with your meal preparations.
201 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
Join festival goers on Sunday, December 2 at 6 p.m. for the first night of Hanukkah and the lighting of the Menorah. The celebration will take place at the Railroad Plaza Park, adjacent to the SEPTA train station. The Horns of Hanukkah, an all French horn ensemble, will perform.
Germantown Jewish Centre
400 West Ellet St., Philadelphia, PA 19119
Join the Germantown Jewish Centre community for the weeklong, outdoor Hanukiyah lighting festivities beginning at 7 p.m. Each year, Men’s Club volunteers at the Centre assemble this menorah on the lawn, bringing light to the holiday and the whole neighborhood.
On Wednesday, December 5, join the community at 6 p.m. for their annual “You’ll-Like-It-A-Latke” Dinner, including gluten free and vegan latkes, with hot soup, salad, and a special dessert. Spin the dreidel, enjoy a Hanukah story and music and head outside for the Hanukiyah lighting. Special music that night will be provided by the GJC choir. Warm up afterward with hot chocolate and sufganiyot. The dinner is $7/person or $25 for a family of four or more.
Tiferet Bet Israel
1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Enjoy Rick Recht in concert during a special performance on Saturday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rick Recht is a rock musician playing a “unique blend of pop, radio-friendly music with Hebrew, Jewish text, and social responsibility.”
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA 19401
Celebrate Hanukkah at the Zoo on Sunday, December 9. Beginning at 2pm, kids can make some holiday themed crafts and play games at the Trail of the Jaguar exhibit. Then head on over to the Eagles Deck at 3 pm for a mini concert by the Temple Brith Achim Choir of King of Prussia, followed by the lighting the menorah. This event is free with paid zoo admission.
Catering and Meal Prep Assistance
Looking for some help this holiday? Several local markets are ready to help you with catering specials and menu preparation.
McCaffrey’s Food Markets
Center Square Plaza
1301 Skippack Pk., Blue Bell, PA
McCaffrey’s offers a full line of kosher-style foods with both complete meals and ala carte items. Select a complete family brisket dinner or other favorites like Matzo Ball Soup, Seven Fruit Haroset, Orzo Cranberry Saffron Almond Salad or Jewish Apple Cake. Order online, in store or by phone.
Panache Kosher Catering by Foodarama
4510 Adams Cir., Bensalem Pa 19020
Delivery to Montgomery County
Choose from three complete meal options offered by Panache Catering. A large menu of ala carte items is also available including Grilled Vegetable & Mushroom Strudel, Homemade Kugel or a holiday cake tray. Call early for holiday delivery.
Stores in King of Prussia, Collegeville, Montgomeryville and Malvern
Wegmans offers several options for your meal preparations. Take advantage of their catering services and order from their line of complete double-wrapped kosher entrees, sides, and meals. Or visit their website for menu ideas and recipes with built-in shopping lists. Order ahead and pay online for all catering selections. Pick up in-store only.
Where to Find Baked Goods for the Holiday
The Rolings Bakery
7848 Montgomery Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027
401 Fayette St., Conshohocken, PA 19428
Buy The Dozen
219 Haverford Ave., Narberth, PA 19072