Police are investigating whether a menorah that was apparently vandalized two nights in a row at an Upper East Side Park was the result of a hate crime. The menorah, set up at Carl Schurz Park, first suffered minor damage on Saturday night, according to chabad.org, which added that a passerby apparently picked up the menorah shortly afterwards. The following evening authorities believe it was knocked over again and was more severely damaged. “There’s no way it came down by accident, it kind of...
Federal Donuts is making sufganiyot for Chanukah
The traditional treat for the Jewish holiday Chanukah is “sufganiyot,” jelly-filled donuts fried in oil and dusted in sugar. Philly’s donut innovator Federal Donuts is putting its own spin on the Israeli favorite, selling 20 honey-dipped mini donuts with raspberry jam for $15, available by pre-order only (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pick up is at the 1632 Sansom St. or 701 N. Seventh St. locations. They’re only being made during the holiday, known as the Festival of Lights, Dec. 16 to 24.
'Elf on the Shelf' gets some competition
The excitement of Santa, his elves and the presents they make at the North Pole can be pretty all consuming this time of year. Not that gift giving and holiday movies are bad, but trying to get kids to remember the true meaning of the holidays can be met with an eye-roll. Pre-school temple instructor and mother of two Abra Liberman-Garrett is attempting to change all that with her "Maccabee on the Mantel" doll, who comes with a storybook that teaches children about the origins of Hanukkah....
How to make your very own Hanukkah candles
The holidays are fast approaching. In fact, sometimes these few days go by so quickly that it can be difficult to feel truly connected to the spirit of the time we’re celebrating. We find that taking a hands-on approach is an excellent way to take full advantage of the holidays. Because of this, we’re here to guide you through hand-making one of the most important components of the Hanukkah celebration: candles!
10 things you (most likely) didn’t know about Hanukkah
In light of the holiday season, we thought it’d be fun to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights (see what we did there?) with a series of facts that you just might not have known about this celebration—especially if you don’t celebrate it yourself. Whether you’re looking forward to Hanukkah or another cultural festival this month, it’s always great to learn something new about one of the most important events of the season. Happy holidays!