When I think of Chanukah, I see in my mind’s eye spinning dreidels, glowing candles and luscious latkes (potato pancakes). I think of the tiny bit of oil, which escaped defilement in the Jerusalem Temple during the rule of the Hellenic Syrians B.C.E. The oil miraculously provided light for eight days. Hence, this holiday lasts for eight days. Most of all I thank a small band of Jewish fighters, led by Judah Maccabee, who repelled the aggressor so that they and their Jewish brethren could live and worship as they pleased. Chanukah is a holiday whose ideas freedom-loving people everywhere can celebrate.
Sunday evening, December 6 at 5:45 PM, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) and the Jewish Federation of Collier County invite the entire community to a candle lighting ceremony, music and refreshments at the JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive.
On Friday evening, December 11 at 6:30 PM, preceding Sabbath Services, the JCMI invites members and non-members to a dinner of roasted turkey and potato latkes. Desserts will follow services at the traditional oneg. To reserve seats call 239-642-0800 no later than Friday, December 4. The cost is $20 per person for members, and $25 per person for non-members.