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Whether It's Chanukah or Hanukkah, It's Here in Phoenix

2013 Jewish Holidays in the Phoenix Area


Whether It's Chanukah or Hanukkah, It's Here in Phoenix

Hanukkah Menorah

© Judy Hedding

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. It is usually in December, but in 2013 Hanukkah begins at sunset on November 27 and lasts through sunset December 5. That means that the first day of Hanukkah this year is the same day as Thanksgiving!

Hanukkah is a fun holiday, especially for children. After lighting the Hanukkah candles, families will eat and play games.

For those of the Jewish faith this holiday is really not like Christmas. There are other holidays in that religion that are considered by many to be more important than Hanukkah. The fact that both Christmas and Hanukkah are times when people exchange gifts are really all that the two holidays have in common. You'll not find many community happenings, parades and festivals relating to Hanukkah. It is more of a quiet, family holiday.

Celebrate Hanukkah 2013
Because Hanukkah is very early this year, and also falls on the Thanksgiving holiday, I expect there will be even fewer public events or celebrations in 2013.

Menorah Building Workshop at Home Depot
Hosted by Chabad of the East Valley. Home Depot at 725 W. Warner Rd., Tempe. Build your own menorah, childrens activities, Chanukah treats. For children of all ages and parents. RSVP required.
In 2013: Thursday, November 21 from 4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tryst Cafe
Serving a Hanukkah menu of all natural and gluten free brisket with house made latkes and glazed carrots. North Phoenix.
In 2013: November 27 - December 5

Ha Ha Hanukkah: The Festival of Laughs
National Comedy Theatre, Mesa
At this show NCT says 'the menorah, the merrier!' Watch them spin the dreidel for points and give away tickets at this spontaneous, interactive show! All ages.
In 2013: November 29 and 30

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
A nightly menorah lighting with applesauce and latkes takes place at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in the resort lobby.
In 2013: November 27 - December 5

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
A nightly menorah lighting takes place at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, in the resort lobby.
In 2013: November 27 - December 5 at sunset

Chabad West Valley Menorah Lighting
Celebrate Hanukah with a Grand Menorah lighting along with activities and games for children. Traditional light bites will be served. 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2013: November 30

Chanukah Dinner at Chompie's
For the eight days of Chanukah Chompie's offers a festive holiday dinner after 4 p.m. to eat in or take out, $15.99 per person. Traditional Chanukah foods such as Crispy Potato Latkes, Brisket of Beef, Matzo Ball Soup, Chanukah Cookies and more are also available for purchase by the pound, pint or piece. Pre-order full course Chanukah to-go meal packages serving 12-15 people for $169.99 with 24-hour notice. On Thanksgiving Day open only until 4 p.m. Locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler.
In 2013: November 28 - December 5

There are Hanukkah activities for the members of various Jewish organizations in Greater Phoenix. Typically, you'll find latke making, Hanukkah songs, story times, family games and menorah lightings. Here are some local resources where you might find additional Hanukkah celebrations.

If you would like to send some Hanukkah treats to friends or family, these locally owned businesses in the Phoenix area offer online ordering and will ship. Or, if you are in the neighborhood, you can visit the retail location.

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Tree lightings, holiday lights, festivals, holiday music and entertainment, gift guides and holiday travel tips -- find them all in the Holidays Guide for Greater Phoenix.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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