This year Hanukkah runs sundown on Wednesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 9, and Rochester's Jewish community has all kinds of events planned to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
On Wednesday, December 1, things kick off with the lighting of the downtown menorah, followed by the car menorah parade, starting at Washington Square Park (Clinton Avenue and Court Street) at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit chabadrochester.com.
Get your helping of hot chocolate, donuts, and songs at the Pittsford Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Pittsford Village Four Corners (Route 31 and South Main Street) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2. Visit townofpittsford.org for more details.
The Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave) holds a Hanukkah Party on Thursday, December 2, at noon. Light the menorah, enjoy some latkes, and take in live entertainment by Jimmy C. Tickets cost $6-$8. Registration is required; call 461-2000 x.214; for more information visit jccrochester.org.
The JCC also premieres an original musical for families, "The Night That Hanukkah was Almost Canceled!" on Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m. The show continues Friday, December 3, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., and tickets cost $10; free latkes served at each performance. For more information visit jccrochester.org.
Kosher or not, check out the Family Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner with guest speaker Rabbi David Goldstrom presenting "Light In The Heart Of Darkness, A Rabbi's Experiences in the Iraq War" on Friday, December 3, at 4:15 p.m. at the Chabad Center (1037 S. Winton Road). Reservations required; call 271-0330.
Finally, kick back with an evening of song and story at the Hanukkah concert with Israeli duo Shamayim at the Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton) at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7. Tickets cost $6-$10 and are available at Chabad Center, chabadrochester.com.