Chanukah, or Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins on sundown Sunday, November 28. Two local ceremonies will note its beginning. On Wednesday, December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Chabad of DUMBO will carve an ice menorah, with lighting at 5:30. There will also be “arts and crafts and food.” Admission is free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance, and a $20 donation per family is appreciated.
On Thursday, December 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Chabad of Brooklyn Heights will present the annual lighting of the giant menorah in the park near Borough Hall (see photo by Kathryn Kirk). There will be music, Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins), and donuts. All is free.