If you think of Hanukkah as the Jewish version of Christmas then you need to
come to the W. T. Bland Public Library’s Celebrate Hanukkah program on Monday,
December 10th at 4:30pm. You will learn the real reason for this festive Jewish holiday.
Rabbi Geoff Solomon will talk about Hanukkah and its customs. You will learn about the menorah,
how to play the dreidel and the significance of the food served during Hanukkah. Best of all,
you will get to taste the foods associated with Hanukkah. This year, Rabbi Solomon has added
the Hanukkah Readers Theater where the audience are the stars of the show.
Hanukkah (or Chanukkah), the Jewish festival of Rededication, also known at the festival of
lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. In 2011,
Hanukkah will start at sunset on December 20th and end at nightfall on December 28th, 2011
Hanukkah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious
significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. It is bitterly ironic that this holiday,
which has its roots in a revolution against assimilation and the suppression of Jewish religion,
has become the most assimilated, secular holiday on our calendar.
The Celebrate Hanukkah program will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library located at 1995
N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. All Library programs are free and open to the public. For
additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.