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Hanukkah Happenings

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Congregation Schaarai Zedek’s Sisterhood Hanukkah Bazaar will open at the temple, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, for a preview on Sunday, Nov. 11, then will open again from Sunday, Nov. 25 - Monday, Dec. 3. There will be Hanukkah favorites and some brand-new gifts and decorations for the holiday. Contact the temple office at (813) 876-2377 for the times the bazaar is open.


Celebrate Hanukkah while cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning as they battle it out against the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, during the Lightning Jewish Heritage Night on Thursday, Dec. 6. There will be a pre-game menorah lighting with professional sports players, owners, and front office personnel at Ford Thunder Alley at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are for the terrace level end zone – which normally go for $50. There will also be a kosher meal, plus hot latkes, a limited-edition souvenir and exclusive access to a private Jewish Heritage Night party deck. For tickets, visit and use promo code: Chanukah18 or contact Sam Reiner at (813) 301-6814 or Jewish Heritage Night is a joint project of Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay and the Tampa JCCs & Federation.


Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, will hold its family Hanukkah Bash, with music and dancing to the sounds of yesterday, on Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. The event includes latke sandwiches and a piñata. The cost is $5 for those 10 and older and free for those younger. Go to for updates.


Light up the fourth night of Hanukkah at Congregation Mekor Shalom’s sixth annual Hanukkah Party on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a communal lighting ceremony so bring your own hanukkiah to the synagogue at 14005A N. Dale Mabry Hwy. The event features a latke bar, sweets, a dreidel spin-off and sing-a-long. There will be a story time and crafts for children under 8. The congregation’s youth group for those in grades 5-10 is having a white elephant gift exchange at 7:30 p.m. Bring a wrapped gift with an $8 value. Contact Jodi Freeman with any questions at or (813) 963-1818.


Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road, Tampa, invites the community to its free annual Congregational Hanukkah Party on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This promises to be a fun-filled celebration of the Festival of Lights. The event begins outside as a giant Hanukkiah is lit. Then folks will head indoors to spin the dreidel and eat latkes. The event includes food, games, music and dancing with family and friends. For more information, contact: Mitchell Weiss, executive director, at (813) 962-6338 or at


Learn, light and party on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. when Congregation Or Ahavah has a Hanukkah gathering with a veggie/fish/dairy pot luck dinner with latkes provided. Bring your own hanukkiah and candles if you like. Children are welcome and those attending are asked to bring a donation for hurricane victims. Email to RSVP and for information on the location.


Join the krewe for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jewish Heritage Day Hanukkah celebration on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, when the Bucs take on the New Orleans Saints. There will be an exclusive pre-game giant menorah lighting at 11 a.m., featuring special guest Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. A tailgate will follow, located at Quad C on the southeast corner of the stadium, complete with latkes, doughnuts and dessert. Folks can jam along with Hanukkah tunes as they enjoy a top-shelf bar. Discounted game tickets are offered in both the club and upper levels and include a special Buccaneers souvenir. Fans can catch a replay of the menorah lighting during the game on the stadium’s giant video screens. For more details and to purchase tickets visit The event is sponsored by the Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay.


On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Rabbi Bryan Mann of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will provide a Hanukkah book reading and special presentation at the Barnes and Noble, 122 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon. The event will include a book fair and the congregation will receive a portion of any in-store and online sales.

Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will be offering a Hanukkah celebration at Park Square in the FishHawk Community, 16132 Churchview Drive, Lithia on Sunday, Dec. 2, the first night of Hanukkah at 6:30 p.m.. There will be candle lighting, games, story-telling, and gifts for children. Snacks will be provided and the event is free to all attendees. Attendees are encouraged to bring their hanukkiah to light with Rabbi Mann. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Congregation Beth Shalom food bank.

Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will hold a special Hanukkah Shabbat service on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. as the congregation welcomes Shabbat at the synagogue, 706 Bryan Road, Brandon. Rabbi Mann and the religious school students will lead the service. All worshipers are invited to bring their hanukkiah and seven candles to light. An oneg of latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) will be offered.


On Sunday, Dec, 8 at 6 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will continue its Hanukkah celebration with a concert by the choir and a potluck dinner. The event will conclude with dessert and coffee.


Young Israel of Tampa will hold its 13th annual Hanukkah on Ice on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel. There will be a ceremony to light a grand ice menorah, then ice skating to Jewish music around the flaming menorah. There will be a kosher food stand, latkes and arts and crafts.

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