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Events guide: Hanukkah 2011 in Las Vegas


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Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley assists Rabi Shea in lighting the Menorah at the Fremont Street Experience on Dec. 13, 2009.

Get your share of the gelt this holiday season as the Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah. If you are shopping for special treats, remember that Max Brenner's line at the Forum Shops is Kosher. Choose from a number of public menorah lightings and holiday parties to commemorate the Festival of Lights.

Tuesday, Dec. 20:

Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Fremont Street Experience welcomes the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of the Grand Menorah by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Rabbi Shea Harlig, Director of Chabad of Southern Nevada, will lead the ceremony. The Grand Menorah will stand just below the Viva Vision canopy.

Hanukkah buffet: To commemorate The Festival of Lights, the Feast and Festival Buffets at all Station Casinos and Fiestas will offer traditional Jewish foods including potato latkes, brisket, charoset and kugel. The special menu, which varies based on time of day, will be offered from dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 20, through the end of the holiday on Dec. 28, with the exception of Dec. 25.

Wednesday, Dec. 21:

Second night of Hanukkah celebration: Congregation Shaarei Tefilla keeps the flames burning as they celebrate the second night of Hanukkah with a community gathering. Guests can enjoy a Kosher sit-down dinner, live entertainment, children’s activities and a candle-lighting ceremony. With each ticket, guests will be entered in a door-prize drawing to win a Kindle Fire. Tickets for adults are $36 and children ages 3 to 12 are $15. Family passes are available for $100 that includes admission for two adults and two children.

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Holiday assortments from Max Brenner.

Light of Life Menorah lighting: The Jewish Family Service Agency presents the lighting of the Light of Life Menorah that stands alongside the Magical Forest's decorated holiday trees. Mayor Goodman will be on hand for the special event.

Saturday, Dec. 24:

Menorah lighting and bowling: Chabad Hebrew Center hosts a menorah lighting and bowling event at Red Rock Lanes. Enjoy Jewish music while you bowl and enjoy sufganiyot treats.

Bagel Ball at Beso: Jewish singles can party at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada’s 17th Annual Bagel Ball at Beso in Crystals inside CityCenter. Guests can enjoy complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 for JCC of Southern Nevada members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $40. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact JCC of Southern Nevada at 702-794-0090 or visit

Sunday, Dec. 25:

Young Israel AIsh "House of Wyne" adult Hanukkah party: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, grown up games and a Chinese auction plus a book signing by Rabbi Yitz Wyne.

Monday, Dec. 26:

Tivoli Village's Hanukkah celebration: Join the UJC Jewish Federation of Las Vegas as they celebrate Hanukkah at Tivoli Village with a menorah lighting, entertainment, dreidel games, doughnuts and a performance by a children's choir.

Tuesday, Dec. 27:

Public menorah lighting: Smith's Kosher Experience and Chabad of Summerlin present a public menorah lighting at the Smith's at Lake Mead and Rampart featuring dreidel games, entertainment and sufganiyot treats.

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