Chai Center to host annual Chanukah Wonderland

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This coming Sunday, December 21, the Canton Chai Center will hold its annual Chanukah Wonderland celebration starting at 12:30 p.m. at Canton High School.

Attendees enjoy last year’s Chanukah Wonderland event at CHS.

Attendees enjoy last year’s Chanukah Wonderland event at CHS.

Free of charge and open to the community, this year’s event will feature a dance and musical production by the award-winning Firelach Community Theatre, headed by Ana Kravets, a renowned choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of the Jewish Musical Theatre.

At the Wonderland, children and adults can experience Chanukah through creative crafts, hot latkes, Israeli sufganiyot (jelly donuts), a moon bounce, face painting, Chanukah music, and much more.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory — more than 2,100 years ago — of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

The miraculous victory of religious freedom was compounded by a second great miracle that took place when only one jug of sacred oil was found still pure and sealed. The Maccabees poured the one-day supply of oil into the great menorah and rekindled the menorah that had been desecrated and extinguished by the enemy. The small amount of oil did not burn out at the end of the first day, but continued to burn continuously for eight days, until the special process for preparing new oil could be completed.

Lighting the Chanukah menorah reminds us of these events and also serves as a symbol and a message of triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.

The event will culminate with the lighting of a giant menorah along with the traditional blessings and songs.

For more information and for a complete schedule, go to www.JewishCanton.com, call 781-821-2227, or email cantonchaicenter@yahoo.com.

RSVP and be entered to win a silver menorah. To receive your free Chanukah kit, or to help sponsor this community event, please contact the Canton Chai Center at the number listed above.

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