Jewish people and those of all faith traditions are welcomed to celebrate Hanukkah with the Coastside Jewish Community. Also called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an opportunity for people around the globe to commemorate a triumph of determination and faith over oppression and domination.

“Hanukkah feels particularly meaningful this year because of all the darkness due to increased rates of anti-Semitism, gun violence and the California wildfires,” wrote organizer Sharon Turner in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing my children to the Hanukkah party to show them we can still come together and celebrate who we are, even during this ‘dark’ time of year.”

Everyone is invited to come and experience the holiday, which honors freedom from oppression. The Coastside Jewish Community will celebrate with spirited singing and a retelling of the ancient story, which is the foundation of this holiday.

Family and children’s activities start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive in Pacifica. These activities are followed by menorah lighting, dreidel playing, singing, and light dinner with latkes. Participants are invited to bring their Hanukkia (Hanukkah menorah) and candles for the last night of Hanukkah.

Come for the latkes, stay for the fun. RSVP is helpful but not required. To RSVP, please contact Leslie Deman by emailing cjcleslie@coastside.net, 479-5252, or visit coastsidejewishcommunity.org.

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