Shabbat shalom, and Chanukah Sameach – Happy Chanukah! The festival of lights is on and ends Monday night, and there were events aplenty this week to celebrate. Giant Menorahs were lit in public in Boulder (Night 2, Monday night, with our Jewish Govenor-elect, Jared Polis), Louisville (Chanukah on Ice on Night 5, Thursday night) and still to be lit in Lafayette (Night 8, this Sunday night). Ignite Chanukah 9 was on Wednesday night, and the videos will be up over the weekend. Bookmark our Chanukah page for all the latest news.
Looking ahead, now that we’re in December, if you haven’t figured out what to do on December 24th yet, Klezmana Returns to the Boulder JCC register early.
Meanwhile, stay warm, and here are this week’s posts:
- Hundreds Watch as Polis, Raderman Light Boulder Menorah (12/3/2018) - 25 Kislev 5779 - Hundreds watched as Governor-elect Jared Polis and 2018 Lamplighter Josh Raderman lit the giant Chanukah Menorah in front of the Courthouse Monday night.
- Michael Rosensweig to be Honored as Lafayette Lamplighter (12/6/2018) - 28 Kislev 5779 - This year, the Boulder County Center for Judaism has selected former concierge and marketing director for the Boulder Jewish Community Center, Michael Rosensweig, as the Lafayette Lamplighter to kindle the Giant Menorah on the last night of Chanukah.
- Chanukah in Our Times (12/6/2018) - 28 Kislev 5779 - The story of Chanukah begins in the year 167 BCE, when a Greek Macedonian kingdom centered in what is today Syria had tried to outlaw the Jewish religion in Israel and replace it with Hellenistic culture.
- Watch But Don’t Look (12/6/2018) - 28 Kislev 5779 - ‘Don’t let the lights….see your wallet.’ In the prayer recited after lighting, there is a phrase: ‘these candles are holy and we have no permission to use them.’
- Celebrate Chanukah in Lafayette, Sunday, Night 8 (12/3/2018) - 25 Kislev 5779 - In a tradition that gains traction and attendees each year, the Boulder County Center for Judaism is bringing the largest menorah in Boulder County to Lafayette again this year.
- 2018 Chanukah on Ice Lives Up to Name (12/6/2018) - 28 Kislev 5779 - Louisville was appropriately frosty Thursday night, as dozens turned out to skate, drink hot chocolate, eat sufganyot and watch as Adam Sloat lit the Giant Menorah at WinterSkate.
- Ignite Chanukah 9 Shines (12/6/2018) - 28 Kislev 5779 - Ten brave souls lit up Rembrandt Yards Wednesday night with their "Sparks" while nearly 100 young adults absorbed their wisdom, alcohol and latkes. Photos!