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Hanukkah 2020

Hanukkah, meaning “rededication” is the Festival of Lights. Each night during the holiday, as we remember the miracles of Hanukkah, we increase the number of candles we add to the menorah thus increasing the light we bring into the world. Hanukkah is a time to rededicate ourselves to the things we are passionate about and to increase the light we bring into the world by caring for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Community Candle Lighting

JCC Candle Lighting Events (Online)

o   Thu, Dec 10 @ 5:30 PM,  “Like a Maccabee” Story Time with ECE

o   Mon, Dec 14, Donut Making with Asher from Café @ the J (pre-recorded)

o   Tue, Dec 15, BBYO Song-Session, led by Gabe (pre-recorded)

o   Wed, Dec 16, How To Play Dreidel with C+Y team (pre-recorded)

o   Thu, Dec 17, Taglit spreading kindness/light (pre-recorded)

There will also be a Community Candle Lighting with Or Chadash & Temple Emanu-El on Dec 13, 6:15 pm

Get Active

Glow Spin – Dec 1, 6-7 pm, Free: Glow sticks and lights provided for the fun fitness party on the pool deck! Space is limited, so reserve your spot here.

Virtual Hanukkah Hot Chocolate Run: This virtual race will last all 8 days of Hanukkah, and end with a Zoom ceremony to celebrate! $20/$25 (buy one get one half-off registration). Registration link to come! 


For Families

Zoom Family Latke Challenge – December 6, 4-5 pm: Join Naomi & Marion from ECE as we share the story of Hanukkah and enjoy cooking together. Prop up your device, roll up your sleeves, and get cooking! Registration requested by Friday, Dec 4 at 2pm. A recipe will be sent at 4 pm on Friday before the event. Click here to register.


Cultural Programs

Amplifying Voices: Stories of Exclusion, Stories of Change – Dec 6, 10:30 am: Panelists April Baskin, Gamal Palmer, and Evan Traylor, in discussion with Candace Manriquez Wrenn, will share their experiences as Jews of Color and provide strategies to combat racism and anti-semitism. Sliding scale pricing available. Click here to register.

Sculpture Garden/Fine Art Gallery Visits – Dec 13, multiple times available: Our sculpture garden features works from established and emerging artists. Click here for more info and to register.

Z3 Project – Dec 10-17, multiple sessions: Americans, Israelis, and Jews of all stripes need to engage with one another.. That’s what the Z3 Virtual Experience is all about — conversations on Jewish Peoplehood that transcend political and religious affiliations and elevate our sense of responsibility to each other- culminating in the act of collective giving. For more info and to register, click here.

Give Back This Season

Sock and Underwear Drive to support TUSD and Gospel Rescue Mission- Join this long standing mitzvah project lead by one of our amazing ECE educators JoDee as we spread the holiday spirit and offer support to those in need right here in our Tucson Community. Collection boxes will be out at the car line for childcare drop off and pick up and at the North entry door for members and guests as they enter the facility.

Chag Sameach – Happy Holiday!
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