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Free community Chanukah party December 15

Photo of gelt on a blue background with the greeting Happy Chanukah! superimposed.

It’s almost that time again to enjoy some good family friendly fun and food that’s sure to brighten up a cold Syracuse winter day. This year’s community Chanukah party will be held on Sunday, December 15 from noon – 3 pm in the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. The free event, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central New York and JCC of Syracuse, will feature lots of games, activities, food and fun for the whole family to welcome in the Chanukah season.

“Last year’s community Chanukah party at the JCC was a huge success,” said Michael Balanoff, president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Central New York. “It was so much fun for everyone and we got rave reviews about the new format. This year we’ve got another great lineup of fun activities for families to enjoy the start of Chanukah.”

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

“We’re delighted to once again host the community Chanukah party,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC executive director. “It’s always great to partner with the Jewish Federation of CNY and we’re once again looking forward to another festive event for the entire community. We truly appreciate everyone who has been involved in helping to make this another spectacular gathering.”

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