Chanukah Celebrations: IDF Musical Ensemble, Menorah Lightings, Parties

>>The Mandell JCC and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces invite all ages to a Chanukah Celebration featuring the IDF Musical Ensemble (pictured) Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Herbert Gilman Theater, at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. IDF soldiers will take the stage for this festive concert and perform live Israeli music for the entire family. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children/seniors/students. Tickets: fidf.org/CTMusicalEnsemble15. 860-231-6333.

>>The First Night of Chanukah at Blue Back Square in West Hartford is hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. 860-232-1116 and ChabadHartford.com.

>>Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. Kings Highway, Chester, invites the public to celebrate Chanukah on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Free. 860-526-8920; cbsrz.org.

>>The Chabad Jewish Center is marking the first night of Chanukah on the Tolland Town Green on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to all, includes the kindling of Tolland's Giant (9-foot-tall) Menorah, music, hot cider and warm potato latkes (pancakes). 860-659-2422 or ChabadER.com.

>>The Mandell JCC is celebrating Chanukah with readings, candle lightings, tastings, and hands-on activities at various locations throughout Greater Hartford and at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus in West Hartford. New this year is the Chanukah Fair: Eight Days of Fun Rolled into One on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. For a complete list of events: 860-236-4571; mandelljcc.org.

>>The 11th annual Shoreline Hanukkah Celebration of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Shoreline Office and PJ Library of Greater New Haven is Monday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Register at guilfordfreelibrary.org.

>>The Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., is hosting a Family Chanukah Party Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Light the candles, crafts, music and Chanukah favorites. $10 for JCC members, $36 family maximum; $12 community, $42 family maximum. stamfordjcc.org; 203-487-0973.

>>The Chabad Jewish Center will host a free holiday event on the third eve of Chanukah Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., at Sears Court in the Enfield Square Mall. 860-659-2422; ChabadER.com.

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