Temple Beth Hillel, the only synagogue in Richmond, is inviting the whole community to its annual Hanukkah Celebration, Artisan Fair, and Traditional Latke Luncheon on Dec. 14.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 801 Park Central, beautiful arts and crafts handmade by Temple Beth Hillel crafts people and local artisans will be on display and for sale. The selection will include knitted goods, jewelry, shell crafts, pottery and greeting cards.
The traditional latke luncheon with all the trimmings begins at 12:30 p.m., with additional holiday festivities to include a celebratory candle lighting and children’s activities.
The Temple Gift Shop will be open for those who need traditional Hanukkah candles, Menorahs, and other holiday gifts.
Come early and stay late and bring your friends! The event is open to the community and will offer reasonably priced food and gifts.
Temple Beth Hillel also offered us a nice description of Hanukkah:
“The Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, is observed for eight days by lighting the candles on a special nine-branched Menorah, a Hanukkiah. In Hebrew, the word Hanukkah means dedication. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks at the time of the Maccabean Revolt, 165 B.C.E.
This year, the first night of Hanukkah is observed by lighting the first candle on the Menorah at sundown on Tuesday, Dec. 16; the holiday continues through the lighting of all eight candles at sundown, on Wednesday, Dec. 24.”