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Free community Chanukah party December 2

Photo of a lit menorah, dreidles and jelly doughnuts with the message Happy Chanukah.

While winters in Syracuse are often brutal and gloomy, there is a way to make the chill seem a little less bitter. Come to the community Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12:30 – 3 p.m. in the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. The free event, sponsored by the JCC of Syracuse and Jewish Federation of Central New York, will feature lots of games, activities, food and fun for the whole family to welcome in the Chanukah season.

“We’re taking a different approach to this year’s community Chanukah party to make it a little more casual and accessible for everyone,” said Michael Balanoff, president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Central New York. “We’ve got wonderful lineup of fun activities for families to enjoy the start of Chanukah.”

The community Chanukah party will feature a variety of fun activities such as face painting, a bounce house, Chanukah crafts, games, balloon animals, a photo booth, entertainment, and more. The lineup of light refreshments will include such classic favorites as latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), apple sauce, mini bagels, and fruit salad.

“It’s exciting to be hosting this year’s community Chanukah party,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC executive director. “It’s always great to partner with the Jewish Federation of CNY and put on such a festive event for the entire community. We truly appreciate everyone’s efforts ‘behind the scenes’ who are making this happen—staff in our Children’s Programming and PJ Library in CNY, and our event co-chairs Jessica Malzman and Davia Moss.”

Reservations for the community Chanukah party are not necessary and all are welcome. For more information, contact the JCC of Syracuse at 315-445-2360 or