Chanukah Events Surrounding West U.

December 7, 2009

Many synagogues and Jewish organizations near West University Place are hosting events within the coming weeks to celebrate Chanukah. Check back soon for a list of local Christmas events.

Chanukah events surrounding Bellaire are taking place nearly every day from Dec. 11 to 18.

Chanukah events are taking place nearly every day of the week-long holiday. Photo by spky of Flickr.com.

Dec. 11

6 p.m. — Chanukah Shabbat Service
Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St., Houston
Shabbat Service with special Chanukah celebration.

7 p.m. — Chanukah Shabbat Service
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston
The Chanukah/Shabbat Service will feature traditional holiday songs by the Religious School Choir. For information, contact Myra Lipper, myral@emanuelhouston.org or 713-529-5771, ext. 222.

7:15 p.m. — Chanukah Shabbat Service
Houston Congregation-Reform, 801 Bering Dr., Houston
This Chanukah celebration will feature a service and a create-your-own Menorah contest. Families can create Menorahs and bring them to the service to light them for judging, voting and prizes. The congregation will serve latkes and sweets after the event.

7:30 p.m. — Chanukah Shabbat Dinner
Chabad Uptown, 4311 Bettis Dr., Houston
The cost to attend the dinner is $18 for adults and $10 for children. Chabad Uptown asks guests to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, call 713-419-3960 or visit ChabadUptown.org. Guests can also RSVP online.

Dec. 12

5 p.m. — Mock trial, Maccabees vs. supporters of Greek invaders
United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston, 9001 Greenwillow St., Houston
Real lawyers and a judge will stage a mock trial with the Maccabees as defendants and Greek supporters as plaintiffs. The Greek supporters will attempt to prosecute the Maccabees for their zealous activities of standing up to the Greek invaders who tried to destroy the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.

7:15 p.m. — Grand Family Chanukah Party at Chabad House
Chabad House Texas Medical Center, 1955 University Blvd., Houston
This family Chanukah party features the lighting of a giant outdoor Menorah, hot latkes and doughnuts, Chanukah music, a buffet dinner, Dreidels and games. Chabad House TMC asks guests to RSVP online by Dec. 10. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information call 713-522-2004 or email info@chabadtmc.org.

8 p.m. — Chanukah dinner and games
United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston, 9001 Greenwillow St., Houston
This free Chanukah celebration will feature a dairy dinner of soups, pasta, doughnuts and other traditional foods. Guests can participate in a game show similar to family feud, and there will also be games for young children.

Dec. 13

3:30 p.m. — Chanukah Fest
Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston
Chabad Outreach of Houston hosts a free Chanukah celebration to light “Houston’s Largest Menorah.” The event features traditional foods like latkes and doughnuts, music and dancing, Dreidel and other games, candle making, an olive press and more. At 5 p.m. the group lights the giant Menorah.

6:30 p.m. — Menorah Mobile Parade
Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston
After Chanukah Fest, Chabad Outreach of Houston has organized a parade that will travel from City Hall to its headquarters at 11000 Fondren in Houston. For more information on the route, visit chabadhouston.org.

Dec. 14

6 p.m. — West Houston Chanukah Party
CHAI Learning Center of West Houston, 14133 Memorial Dr. Ste. 1, Houston
This Chanukah celebration will feature a Menorah lighting, “Mad Science Chanukah Show,” and traditional holiday foods. The Center recommends a donation of $5 per person or $18 per family. For more information and to RSVP, call 281-589-7188 or visit westchabad.org. Guests can also RSVP online.

Dec. 15

6:30 p.m. — Hoops and Chanukah
Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St., Houston
Chabad Houston is hosting a Chanukah party before the basketball game between the Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons. The first 100 guests who purchase game tickets can enter the Chanukah party, which will feature holiday foods, music and candle making. People can order tickets online (PDF) or contact Cathy Veniegas at 713-758-7231 or cathyv@rocketball.com.

Dec. 16

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Judah Maccabee and the Chocolate Factory
Chabad of Uptown, 4311 Bettis Dr., Houston
This unique Chanukah event will feature chocolate galore: a chocolate station, fondue and a huge Menorah made of chocolate, candy and doughnuts. There will also be “Oompa Loompa latkes,” games, and gifts for children. Guests can take their pictures with Judah the Maccabee. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information or to RSVP, call 713-419-3960 or email info@chabaduptown.org. Guests can also RSVP online.

Dec. 18

6 p.m. — The History of Chanukah
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston
This service features a journey back through time to eight different times and places to encounter what Chanukah has meant to the Jewish people in every generation. The event explores Chanukah at Masada, at Sura in Babylonia in the year 500, Germany in 140, Rhode Island in 1763, Russia in 1863, Theresienstadt in 1943, Israel in 1967 and Houston in the current time. The night features music by The Shabbatones and Cantor Tunitsky. For information, contact Myra Lipper, myral@emanuelhouston.org. or 713-529-5771, ext. 222.

6 p.m. — Chanukah Shabbat Jam and family dinner
Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut, Houston
This Chanukah celebration features traditional holiday songs, a dinner of latkes and other food, and cookie decorating. Entry costs $25 per household. The synagogue asks people to bring unwrapped gifts to donate to those in need.

6:30 p.m. — Chanukah Family Service
Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston
The Beth Israel congregation invites people to celebrate the last night of Chanukah with music and singing, holiday foods like latkes and doughnuts, Dreidle and other games. Clergy will light a Menorah and tell the Chanukah story.

7:15 p.m. — Shabbat Services
Houston Congregation-Reform, 801 Bering Dr., Houston
The congregation will celebrate the last day of Chanukah with a service, Chanukah songs and a Menorah lighting.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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