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Hanukkah happenings

Posted November 13, 2013 in Community Featured, Des Moines West
A Hanukkah celebration will be held at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun on Nov. 17.

A Hanukkah celebration will be held at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun on Nov. 17.

Hanukkah is happening in the western Des Moines Jewish temples and synagogues, as it is among the Jewish people everywhere, beginning the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27 and commencing on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5.

It’s the traditional commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, celebrating the an important history rooted in the Jewish faith, a time when the Maccabean revolted against the Greeks in the second century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, according to the Hebrew calendar and includes rich traditions and rituals, such as the kindling of the lights of the candelabrum — one for each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

It’s a sacred time for many people in Des Moines, as the city has deep Jewish roots exemplified not only by its people, but by its places of worship. The area is home to three, all within a couple miles of each other: Beth El Jacob Synagogue is located at 954 Cummins Parkway, Temple B’Nai Jeshurun at 5101 Grand Ave. and Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 924 Polk Blvd.

The Temple Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Youth Group presents this year’s Hanakkah Happening on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Temple B’Nai Jeshurun. The Temple welcomes guest for festivities and a feast that includes latkes, hot dogs, applesauce, salad, cookie-decorating, games and prizes. Guests are also encouraged to visit the gift shop for music and entertainment as well as a meeting with Buttons the Clown.

At the Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd., the YAD (Young Families) and Women’s League are joining efforts to host a Family Chanukah Party on Sunday, Nov. 24, kicking off at 12:30 p.m. The day will include a sing-along with Cantor Shivers, crafts for the kids and a delicious meal. Tickets are $5 per individual or $18 per family. The hosts asks that people RSVP to Samantha Johnson by email  at

And don’t miss the Synagogue’s 2013 Chanukah Party coming up in December on Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 7 p.m., which will again be hosted at the Lime Lounge, 435 E. Grand Ave. Learn more at

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