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DESCRIPTIONThe Happy Hanukkah section from JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for November 26, 2010
Happy Hanukkah to all!LesLie KLein
This is Surrey Klein. She is 8 years old and lives in Ballard. With the help of her family those members of her family with opposable thumbs she put together and decorated the tzedakah box that came with the JTNews Tzedakah Book. Surrey says shes pretty sure that kids would have a good time doing this as well, then filling up the box with coins to give to people in need this Hanukkah.
how to celebrate hanukkah this yearDespite Hanukkah falling so early on the calendar this year well hardly have time to fit into our pants again after Thanksgiving opportunities to celebrate abound. Synagogues all over the state are having their own parties you can find details at any synagogues Web site or at the online community calendar at calendar.jtnews.net but here are a few that draw people in from near and far, and can help the less fortunate among us at the same time.
The MAZON Hanukkah party: Feeding us to fight hungerPip and Miriam Meyerson have worked hard to throw this party for about six years now. Theres the procurement (how many pounds of potatoes do you need to make latkes for 200?), the menu planning, the cooking, the table setting, the buffet replenishing, and then the hoping: Hoping people will come, hoping people will eat, hoping the people wont eat too much. Its a really nice dinner, says Pip, Its a great communal event, and with the candle lighting and the music, families gathering its an evening of surprises. But most important is the hope that the people who come to this Hanukkah party and dinner, which benefits MAZON: A
Jewish Response to Hunger, will remember that though their food needs are being met for this evening, a lot of others including many who at some point probably gave generously at a previous MAZON event are not. The Meyersons have been making traditional Jewish food in Seattle since the 1970s, first at the Matzoh Momma deli and now as a catering business. They have long been devoted to ensuring that the people without the means to feed themselves get fed. But it was in 2003 that they, along with Rabbi Jim Mirel and several other friends in Seattles Jewish community, decided to turn this into more of a Jewish event.X Page 2B
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Its difficult out there, says Miriam. We are so privileged here I have to underline that and I think people need to have that perspective.
If you go:The MAZON Hanukkah Celebration takes place on Sun., Dec. 5 from 5:308:30 p.m. at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1520 E Union St., Seattle. No charge, but minimum $50 donation per person is requested. RSVP at MatzohMommaMazon@gmail.com.
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From that sentiment came the MAZON dinner. Matzoh Momma has always committed to donating the food 100 pounds of potatoes, 40 pounds of onions, 50 pounds of salmon, plus so much more and Rabbi Mirels Shalom Ensemble provides entertainment, Temple De Hirsch Sinai allows use of the space and the Meyersons rely on friends to do the table service. They have also received funding from members of the Jewish community such as Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff, among others. Los Angeles-based MAZON gives money to food banks and food-related
organizations around the world, including several in this state such as Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle and Food Lifeline, which distributes food and funds to several area food banks. Pip says he appreciates the idea that a Jewish communal organization like MAZON, that distributes its moneys to secular non-Jewish probably predominantly secular organizations at this particular time in our history. Its very important that the greater community sees the support and outreach coming form the Jewish community to them. But its also a party, and the Meyersons hope that their night of a thousand latkes, as they call it, will bring out people and their families from all across the community, as it has done for so many years, to open their hearts and wallets in exchange for some great salmon and even better memories.
Come home for Hanukkah to the JCCWhat is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Hanukkah? For many, its the winter holidays central activity the candle lighting. Hanukkah just doesnt feel like Hanukkah if youre not basking in the glow of those colored candles, which is exactly the feeling planners of this years communitywide family celebration hopes to recreate. We wanted the spiritual side of Hanukkah with fun, says Kim Greenhall,
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If you go:Coming Home for Hanukkah takes place on Sun., Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.2 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Free. Bring your hanukkiah and candles. For more information, visit bit.ly/ejZNVq.
director of community services at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, one of the co-planners of Coming Home for Hanukkah, to be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. There will be several activities, mostly geared toward kids, at this daytime event that includes a production of Mrs. Green-
bergs Messy Hanukkah, a current selection from the PJ Library Jewish books program, by the teens in the JCCs CenterStage theater troupe; a mitzvah project activity room that will allow anyone to help bag dry goods for the Jewish Family Service food bank; and, of course, dreidel. It wouldnt be a Jewish event without food and even that will be a community project. J Team, the group of teens that spends a year learning about charities both local and worldwide, then divides up a pot of money to donate to these organizations, will be selling the goodies to raise funds to increase their pool of funds. In addition, the Rainier BBYO chapter will be selling jelly doughnuts, a traditional Israeli Hanukkah treat. Its an opportunity to engage teens to really do good in the world the spiritual side of doing good, and not just Lets have a party, Greenhall says.
The event will culminate in the gym, with the lights turned low, as families will get together for a sing-a-long and then a candle lighting of more than 100 menorahs around the room. Many hanukkiot will be on hand, but families are invited to bring their own so they can recreate the coziness of the holiday and bask in its glow with the other families around them. It should be amazing, Greenhall said.
If you go:The Big Spin gets spun on Sun., Dec. 12 from 25 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle. Cost of $48/adult, $36/kid age 1 and up includes concert, activities, and a goodie bag. Visit thebigspin.org to purchase tickets online.
Spinning, spinning, spinning: The Big SpinWhen the women who founded the Mitzvah Mama Guild for Seattle Childrens Hospital held their first Big Spin event last year, they raised $12,000 to take a bite out of the more than $96 million in uncompensated care the hospital provided in 2009. That number is already expected to be much higher for 2010 as much as $150 million.
Realizing that though their contribution so far has been small, it still makes a big difference, this year theyre doing it even bigger. Theyve still got the fun stuff the face painting, the candy menorahX Page 5B
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