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Weintraub Israel Center family Chanukah party planned

The Weintraub Israel Center will hold its first community-wide, family-oriented early Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

“There are only two Jewish communities in which this holiday is so significant — the United States and Israel,” says Guy Gelbart, Tucson shaliach and director of the Weintraub Israel Center. “The story of Chanukah and the Maccabees’ struggle to be a free people in our land seems to fit miraculously the Zionist struggle to build the modern state of Israel.”

At the party, says Gelbart, children and adults will explore the story of Chanukah through music, crafts and games. There will be a jumping castle, along with dreidel games and decorating (and eating) traditional sufganiyot (donuts). There will also be levivot (latkes) to eat.

The chair of the event is Nina Isaac. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12; free for Heartbeat of Israel pass holders. For more information, contact Jennifer Ferrell at 577-9393.