Lighthearted Starts to Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights


Inundated by Christmas carols, Christmas trees and Christmas sales in nearly every store, some of us may forget there's another celebration going on: Hanukkah (or Chanukah, however you choose to spell it), a celebration of the Jewish faith and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah, also known as Erev Hanukkah. In Boise, there are a few places to get your latke on this Hanukkah.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho will participate in the downtown menorah lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. The menorah, at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, is known as Idaho's tallest menorah at 13-feet high. The menorah lighting event is FREE and open to all ages.

Another great place to enjoy a Hanukkah celebration is Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road. At the tea room's Chanukah in Shangri-La event on Thursday at 6 p.m., you can enjoy a menorah lighting and take a few spins with a dreidel. Even if you have two left feet, you'll still get a kick out of the dancing and music from the Fleet Street Klezmer Band. Chanukah in Shangri-La is free and promises to be a good time for kids and adults.