Wintertime brings with it a series of holiday festivals and celebrations. Consequently, one of the largest of these events being Hanukkah. With one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the nation, Savannah is home to a thriving Jewish community. This makes it an ideal place to spend the dedication festival. Hanukkah starts on December 24th and lasts through New Year’s Day. If you plan to be in the Savannah area this holiday season, here’s the scoop on Hanukkah events around town.
Havdalah Service and Lighting of the Menorah
First join the country’s third oldest Jewish parish for a special ceremony to kick off your Hanukkah celebration. Congregation Mickve Israel will host Havdalah service and the first lighting of the menorah on Saturday, December 24th from 6-7pm.
Young Jewish Savannah’s Vodka Latke
After you recite your blessings and light the first candle. Bundle up and head out for Young Jewish Savannah’s third annual Vodka Latke. Every year, Savannah’s Jewish 20 and 30 somethings meet up during the Hanukkah festival for a night of those beloved potato cakes, and of course, vodka. This year’s shindig will take place on the 24th from 8 to 10 pm. Because the location is yet to be determined, check back to YJS’s event calendar for updates.
Community Mitzvah Day and Open House
The Jewish Educational Alliance is the epicenter of activity within Savannah’s Jewish community. The cherished organization will host an Open House and Community Mitzvah Day on December 25th from 10 am to 2 pm. Look forward to fellowship, food and fun and this family-friendly event.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood Chanukah Party
Savannah’s conservative synagogue, Congregation Agudath Achim, will hold their annual Brotherhood & Sisterhood Chanukah party on the festival’s fifth day, December 29th from 6 to 9 pm. Hence, it will be a great time with music, games, treats and more.
Channukah Family Night
Finally, on the last night of Channukah, which also happens to be the first day of the New Year, Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob will close out the festival with their Channukah Family Night. This family-centered event will last from 6 to 9 pm.