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Celebrate Hanukkah in the Hudson Valley
Hanukkah began at sundown on Saturday, and while you'll likely spend the majority of the holiday celebrating with your family, there are plenty of opportunities to spend at least one of the eight nights celebrating with the Jewish community at a local event.
“I think fun-filled community events are important, because in addition to the mitzvah of lighting a menorah, Hanukkah also celebrates the survival of the Jewish people despite all odds,” said Rabbi Pesach of Chabad of Orange County. “Being able to celebrate one's Jewish heritage in public is itself part of the Hanukkah miracle.”
Below are some events that you and your loved ones can attend during this year’s Festival of Lights.
Ongoing: Chanukah Wonderland Gift Shop and Family Fun House in Ardsley
From now through Dec. 13, the Chanukah Wonderland activity zone in Ardsley will provide hours of holiday fun for the little ones (27 Center St., 914-693-6100). The ongoing event features a glow in the dark room with a scavenger hunt, a clay bar for making dreidels and a movie house inside a large dreidel. One of the more popular attractions is the Lego competition, where children vie to see who can create the best menorah out of the blocks. While the kiddies play, the grown-ups can get some holiday shopping done at the boutique, which will be selling everything from menorahs and books to chocolate coins. When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday; open through Dec. 13.
Ongoing: The Dreidel House & Chanukah Gift Boutique in Nyack
This first annual event allows kids to experience Hanukkah with menorah building, dreidel decorating and an archeological dig (203 Main St., Nyack; 845-356-6886; chabadjec.org). Kids can also enter a clubhouse, shaped like a dreidel, to learn the story of Hanukkah. The Dreidel House will offer some special activities, too, including a candle dipping workshop on Dec. 9 and a delivery of toys to kids at a Nyack hospital on Dec. 10. When: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, closed on Friday and Saturday; open through Dec. 12.
Dec. 10-12: The Ritz-Carlton menorah lightings in White Plains
The Ritz-Carlton of Westchester in White Plains will celebrate Hanukkah for three nights starting Monday, Dec. 10 (3 Renaissance Sq., 914-946-5500). Each night will feature a menorah lighting musically accompanied by the Solomon Schechter Lower School choir. Traditional Hanukkah treats, including potato latkes and chocolate gelt, will be served during the free event. The lobby lounge will feature a special menu of traditional Jewish foods each night. When: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 12; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11