Second Annual Latkes and Lights Chanukah Celebration at JCC Denver Is Sunday December 3

WHO: Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver); local restaurants including KeepSake Colorado, Latke Love, Leven Deli Co., Rosenberg’s, Safta, Zaidy’s and more; guest judges including 9News meteorologist, Chris Bianchi, food blogger and writer, Kristina Vasquez, Colorado Public Radio host, Ryan Warner, state representative of House District 2, Steven Woodrow; and the greater Denver community.

WHAT: The second annual Latkes and Lights Chanukah event offers a whole lot of Chanukah fun and food for individuals and families alike including:

  • Two latke competitions where guests can taste and judge latkes to determine who has the best in the city from local Denver restaurants including KeepSake Colorado, Latke Love, Leven Deli Co., Rosenberg’s, Safta, Zaidy’s, and more, and a community latke competition for home cooks 
  • Makers Mart craft fair with local vendors selling ceramics, prints, paintings, jewelry, sewn goods, and other creative holiday gifts 
  • Luisa Hagemeier, owner of Challahrado Hearth, will be sampling fresh pita and olive oil and selling Jewish baked goods
  • Photo booth
  • Chanukah games
  • Live Klezmer music

The story of Chanukah’s origins date back to 167 B.C.E., when a group called the Maccabees recaptured the Second Temple in Jerusalem from under King Antiochus’ rule and rededicated it. The Maccabees cleaned up the Temple and lit a menorah, which they thought had only enough oil to burn for one day. As the story goes, the oil lasted for eight days and eight nights. That is why we celebrate Chanukah for eight nights. This year, Chanukah is from December 7-15, 2023.

All are welcome to the Latkes and Lights event. 

WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246

COST: Tickets are being sold on a sliding scale price model from $10 to $18 for an individual. A family four-pack costs $40 to $72 on the sliding scale. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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