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Hanukkah 2012 in Belmont

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in the Town of Homes.

This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Temples in and around Belmont are holding services and special Hanukkah events, including:

Beth El Temple Center, Belmont

Temple Isaiah, Lexington

Temple Emunah, Lexington 

Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester

Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge

  • Candle lighting, Friday, Dec. 14, 3:54 p.m., at the temple.
  • Chanukah Havdalsh and Game Night, Saturday, Dec. 15, at the temple.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

TELL US: If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans?

Jill Tapper December 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I believe that the party on 12/15 at Beth El is for the senior youth group (BEFTY), not the general public - but EVERYONE, young, old and in between is invited to the Menorah Lighting and Latke Party on 12/8.

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