Call it Hanukah, or Hanukkah, or Chanukah. However you spell it, Hanukah 2012, Brooklyn's got an array of community festivals that are open to the public. They include three nights of concerts by global hit musician Matisyahu, places to eat latkes (free!) and the chance to watch one of the world's biggest menorahs' get lit every night of the eight day "Festival of Lights." And, read about the Brooklyn Latke Festival and Cook Off.
Oh what fun 'tis to munch while the latkes are sizzling away! Two venerable foodie institutions, Edible Brooklyn and Great Performances, are joining forces to produce the Third Annual Latke Festival. Latkes will be produced by some of the city's hippest latke chefs, including hot potatoes from The Plaza and Brookyln's own Mile High Deli. Judges include many notables, too.
- Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music
- When: December 10, 2012
- Admission: $30.00. Ticket information at: http://www.greatperformances.com/latkefest
- Contact: http://www.ediblebrooklyn.com
It's fun to join in with Borough President Marty Markowitz for the festive lighting of the official menorah in Downtown Brooklyn in front of Borough Hall. Get the details.
. This is night #3 of Hanukkah.
The Chabad organization makes Hanukkah a big, public fun event, with song, some food and festivities, at two locations in Brooklyn. One is at Grand Army Plaza near Prospect Park. The other is in DUMBO. Get the times and locations here.
This is night #5 of Hanukkah. Join in the fun and see when and where you can attend a public lighting of a really huge menorah.
The Brooklyn Children's Museum runs a wonderful little program for the tiniest Hanukkah celebrants, kids five and under. It's called Let’s Celebrate Hanukkah
. From their website, "Explore the culture and traditions of Hanukkah. Discover how people around the world celebrate this holiday and create a Hanukkah-inspired craft to take home. "
- Where: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Crown Heights
- When: Sat. Dec 14, 2012, 2:30 P.M.
- Admission: $9 per person. Admission is free for Museum members and children under 1 year of age.
- Contact: 718 735-4400
A cozy happy hour to celebrate the festival of lights at a local shul in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
- Where: 108 Noble St. in Greenpoint
- When: 6:30-8:30 P.M.
7. Spin the Dreidel Tournament & Concert (Williamsburg)
Spin the Dreidel Tournament
Have family Hanukkah fun with games and music at the annual Spin the Dreidel Tournament . Music includes: Hanukkah Gone Metal with Gods of Fire, Category Sixx with William Ocean, Young New Yorkers Chorus, MLD Tournament. It's for all ages. Where: Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave. When: Saturday December 17. Doors: 6 P.M. / Show: 6:30 P.M. Admission: $10.00 - $15.00 Website: http://ny.knittingfactory.com
You can dreidel till you're dizzy in Williamsburg and Greenpoint this Hanukkah. Events include 9 P.M. spins at the Full Circle Bar at 318 Grand Street. Proceeds go to charity.
9. Girls Night Out: Learn to Make Challah (Brooklyn Heights)Learn an ancient Jewish tradition. No, it's not making latkes, it's baking challah bread! Come and join the Chabad of Brooklyn Heights organization for an evening with the ladies, as you engage in challah-rolling, braiding and baking during this pre-Hanukkah season. There'll be some loafing around, too, with stories and chatter, a "challah and dip buffet," leavened by margaritas and sangria. Where: 117 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights When: Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 P.M. Admission: $18 Contact: http://www.heightschabad.com
As was the case last year, in 2012 the Sephardic Music Festival will not, alas, be holding any events in Brooklyn. That said, Brooklyn is
home to the largest population of Sephardic Jews in the United States. So, if you're interested in this unique culture, check out the extraordinary roster of performances being held in Manhattan venues during Hanukkah week.