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Top Eight Hanukkah Activities in Denver


The eight nights of Hanukkah last from Nov. 27 - Dec. 5 in 2013. This year, the first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving. Celebrate the festival of lights in Denver with these eight activities for the whole family. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees in 165 B.C.E. after King Antiochus desecrated the Temple. One small jar of oil miraculously lasted for eight days, which is now celebrated by lighting candles and eating foods cooked in oil.

1. Eat Latkes at Zaidy's Deli

Treat yourself to the traditional Hanukkah dish of latkes, also known as potato pancakes. Zaidy's, which means grandfather in Yiddish, strives to be the next best thing to grandpa's finest. The Denver kosher-style deli is located at 121 Adams St. in Cherry Creek.

2. Compete in the Top Latke Cook-off

Temple Micah will hold its sixth-annual Top Latke Cook-off & Hanukkah Party on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The battle for the best potato pancake in the Mile High City begins at 5 p.m. at 5209 Montview Blvd. RSVPs are required for the event.

3. Watch the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

The menorah in front of the Jewish Community Center will be lit at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The family event at the corner of Dahlia Street and Alameda Avenue is sponsored by the Allied Jewish Federation.

4. Attend the Community Chanukah Carnival

Aish Denver is hosting its third-annual Community Chanukah Carnival at 9550 E. Belleview Ave. in Greenwood Village. The festivities will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Paid admission.

5. Hear the Colorado Hebrew Chorale

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale will hold several Hanukkah concerts this year. The volunteer chorale will hold a free concert at the Allied Jewish Apartments on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, the chorale will perform at the McNichols Building for the Festival of Lights Celebration, which will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

6. Sample Hanukkah Donuts

No holiday is complete without a special kind of deep-fried sweet. Hanukkah donuts, or sufganiyot, are usually jelly donuts, but can be filled with other fillings as well. The Donut Maker at 9625 E. Arapahoe Rd. in Greenwood Village prepares sufganiyot during Hanukkah. The locally-owned donut shop is open from 5 a.m. - 11 a.m. daily.

7. Visit Golda Meir's House

Golda Meir, the first and only female prime minister of Israel, lived in Denver with her sister's family for two years while she attended North High. Meir's duplex teetered on the verge of demolition before it was relocated to the Auraria campus as a museum in 1988. Tours are available by appointment.

8. Paint Your Own Menorah

Color Me Mine pottery studios lets kids paint their own menorahs for a fun family activity. The Denver studio is located at 2nd & Quebec, and there is also a studio across from Park Meadows Mall at 9623 E. County Line Rd. Some locations also carry mezuzahs for painting.

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