Hanukkah is steeped in spiritual meaning and brought to life by the more than 80,000 Jewish Clevelanders and their families every year. The “Festival of Lights” is a celebration of the miraculous eight nights that a one-day supply of oil lit the menorah in Jersualem’s Holy Temple upon its rededication after it was retaken from the Seleucids.
Here are just a few of the ways you can celebrate this joyous holiday in The Land this season.
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with another installment of this fun and exciting tradition. The 2021 Menorah Parade will see dozens of cars with giant, lit-up menorahs on them make their way through the East side suburbs, starting in Legacy Village and winding through parts of Lyndhurst, Beachwood and University Heights before wrapping up in Cleveland Heights. Parade goers will enjoy music, traditional Hanukkah treats and special giveaways.
Come ring in the holiday season and kick off Hanukkah with Downtown Chabad as they host their annual Menorah Lighting in Public Square Wednesday, December 1st. The lighting ceremony will be preceded by a parade of cars with menorahs attached to them, followed by a short ceremony as the Grand Menorah is lit.
Image © Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Enjoy this virtual event from the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage that’s fun for the whole family. Light the menorah, sing and dance to beloved holiday songs, share holiday objects and traditions from home and write letters to friends and family who have helped create holiday memories we love, or to those who would appreciate love this holiday season.
Join author and illustrator Susan Simons Novich for a virtual program courtesy the Mandel JCC. Kids will love exploring her book “Hello, Hanukkah!” as it introduces children to the practices and traditions of the holiday in a fun and educational way.