‘Tis the season to be Jewish …
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As the Jacksonville Jewish Community anticipates the arrival of the holiday of Chanukah; Chabad’s attention is directed towards the 26th  “Annual Celebration of Light” event to be held on Sunday, December 22,  at the ‘Friendship Fountain’. We are very excited about the new location of the event.  Friendship Fountain is a beautiful venue with great exposure. “The new location is a step up from  the previous one, which has served us well in the past 25 years,” says Rabbi Shmuli Novak, Chabad of Southside.

Back by popular demand, this year’s event will feature: Toronto based  musician and entertainer Yossi Berktin, known lovingly as Rabbi B, who served for a while as the famous Uncle Moishy, he brings fun and excitement to his musical performances that engage and delight audiences of all ages.  You can expect to clap, sway and dance!

As part of this year’s upgrade, there will be new and exciting inflatables for the children, some of the latest on the market. Additionally, Captain Character will be there with his famous balloon twisting and face painting.

Kicking off the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade – a beautiful demonstration of Jewish pride and solidarity. Tens of vehicles, adorned with custom designed Chanukah flags, (free to all participants) are expected to join the caravan towards the Friendship Fountain.

The convoy including Chabad of Southside, Beaches, St. Augustine, Clay County and St. Johns,

will gather at 1:30 pm and depart 1:50 from Chabad regional headquarters in Mandarin. Chabad @ the Beaches will gather 1:15 and depart at 1:30.

All locations will join a single procession towards the Friendship Fountain, at the Southbank Riverwalk, where the Chanukah event will take place. 

The fun-filled afternoon will feature a variety of kiosks and exhibitions, including:

∙ Judaica Gifts, books and more

∙ Judaica Art

∙ Chanukah Donut Decorating

∙ Inflatables

∙ Olive Press Demonstration

∙ Chanukah Arts 'N' Crafts

∙ Candle Making

∙ Face Painting

∙ Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Falafel

∙ Popcorn

∙ Free Latkes!

∙ Free Raffle!

A grand Menorah lighting will be held at 5:00 pm.

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival celebrating the liberation and rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem begins at nightfall, Sunday, December 22nd  and is celebrated for 8 days. The Festival is marked by the lighting of an eight-pronged Candelabrum called a Menorah, or Chanukiah, commemorating the symbol of victory of a small Jewish army against a vastly oppressive Assyrian Greek regime during the 2nd century BCE.

The Annual Celebration of Light is open to the public and free of charge. Food and other items will be sold. Participants will be treated to free delicious hot potato latkes and prizes.

If you’re looking for good, kosher family Chanukah entertainment, don’t miss this spectacular

Celebration. For more information regarding the parade and/or program, please contact your nearest Chabad Center.

Sponsored by Chabad of Northeast FL. Mandarin/Headquarters. Beaches. Southside. S. Augustine. Clay County. S. Johns