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It's (Nearly) Hanukkah!

Many Jewish holiday options all around the area.

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins Tuesday night. Looking for a place to celebrate the holiday? Check out these options in and near Northern Virginia.

National Menorah Lighting

Dec. 20, 4 p.m. The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with speeches, music, activities for kids and the lighting of the National Menorah by Rabbi Levi Shemtov. This event is free, but tickets are required. (202) 332-5600.

Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church 

Dec. 21. 5:30-6:15 pm & 7:45-8:30 pm. All School Chanukah Candle Lighting

Dec. 22. 12:30-2pm. Vatikim Latke Lunch & Chanukah Party!

Dec. 23. 7-8pm. Chanukah Latke & Brisket Shabbat Dinner.

Dec. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Gather with the community at Lake Anne and take part in the lighting of a giant ice menorah by Reston founder Robert E. Simon.

The celebration will continue at  for family entertainment, prize drawings, Hanukkah donuts, latkes, chocolate gelt, a family Hanikkah film and fun. Free admission.

Dec. 23, 6:45 pm.  Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston.

Hanukkah Festival in Alexandria

Dec. 25, 6 p.m. Crown Plaza Hotel, 901 N Fairfax St., Alexandria. Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington sponsors a Menorah Lighting, dreidels, latkes and donuts. (703)370-2774. 

Hands on Hanukkah at the JCC
Dec. 25,  11 a.m-3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The event includes arts and crafts, games and activities, moon bounce, face painting, balloon artist and more.  (703) 323-0880.

Stu Gibson December 19, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Family Chanukah Music Service, 6:45 pm., Friday, December 23, 2011, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston.
Scott December 19, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Thanks Stu I was just getting ready to post the same thing! Very Happy Chanukah to all!!
ESF December 19, 2011 at 08:47 PM
The party at the JCCNV on Sunday has always been a great time for the entire family. Looking forward to it.

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