While Christmas carols fill the air and decorations deck the halls, folks in the Jewish community are gearing up for a holiday all their own.
A traditional Hanukkah celebration lasts eight days, and at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd., one of those will be spent throwing its annual Hanukkah party for the children on Friday, Dec. 14. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and will include a potluck dinner, treats and, of course, the good, old-fashioned dreidel.
“This is a fun time for everyone to get together and celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah, especially for the children,” said Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank.
He advises RSVPs are preferred. For more information, visit www.tifereth.org.
In this season of giving, Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., is offering goodies and gifts, all of which can be bought at the church’s third annual Holiday Market on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. This year is especially unique because Central has been added to the list of “stops” for the 16th annual Holly and Ivy Tour. Each year this festivity, which is jointly sponsored by the Salisbury House and Gardens and the Terrace Hill Foundation, attracts close to 2,500 out-of-state travelers to marvel at the beautiful sights that Des Moines has, including the Salisbury House and Gardens, the Terrace Hill Mansion and some private neighborhood homes dressed up in holiday fashion.
The Holiday Market held at Central with feature some of Des Moines’ best local talent in handmade crafts and homemade treats. Jewelry, furniture and home decorations will also be sold. The proceeds of this event will go to support Central Presbyterian Church mission projects and youth groups.
St. Augustine of Hippo is still considered one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time, and his writings were very influential in the development of Christianity. That’s why St. Augustin Catholic Church, 545 42nd St., is paying homage to the great scholar by showing a unique documentary on his life and teachings in the Catholic Church. There will be two showings of the movie on Sunday, Nov. 11, fhe first at 1:30 p.m. and the next at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information, contact the church at 255-7969.