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8 facts about the 8 days of Hanukkah

Is it us or does Hanukkah seemto get overshadowed by the hubbub surrounding Christmas?Since this year’s eight-day celebration begins on Dec. 24, which is also Christmas Eve, we’re here with eight facts you might not know about the Festival of Lights. The holiday concludes on Jan. 1.1. It is not “...

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 12:51pm

'Tis the season to enjoy latkes at the annual Latkepalooza

The latke, sometimes referred to as a potato pancake, is a classic Hanukkah dish. This shallow-fried pancake is typically made up of shredded or mashed potato, flour, egg, garlic and onion. However, at The Gershman Y on Broad Street, the concept of a typical latke has been challenged by various...

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:38pm

​Menorah vandalized in Manhattan park

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...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 2:38am

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-...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:44pm

'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...

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:22pm

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...

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 1:02am

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...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 4:14am