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Menorah Lighting Celebrations in Dutchess County


The celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, commemorates the victory of Hebrew rebels who rose up against occupying Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. It honors the rededication during the 2nd century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to mark the eight days the oil burned. People celebrate by lighting candles on a menorah, which is also called a Hanukiyah. Each night, one more candle is lit. The Shamash is the first candle lit and it is used to light all of the other tapers. This year it runs from Tuesday, December 12 - Tuesday, December 19, and there are several great public lighting ceremonies to attend! Check out some other fun ways to celebrate the holiday as well! Largest Menorah in the entire Mid-Hudson Valley: Daily lighting of a 25-foot Menorah with the assistance of a boom truck at One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie in front of Dunkin Donuts and the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, from Tuesday, December 12 - Tuesday, December 19. The times are daily Monday - Friday @ 3:15 PM, Saturday & Sunday @ 6:30 PM.

Sunday, December 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm. The Rhinebeck Jewish Center has its annual Hanukkah Family Fun Day. It features holiday crafts workshops with artistic menorahs, dreidels and holiday decorations. There is a Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt Factory workshop, in which children can make their own chocolate coins. 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. http://www.chabaddutchess.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/602534/jewish/About-the-RJC.htm

Tuesday, December 12 @ 4PM: Millbrook Public Menorah Lighting celebration at the Thorne Building on Franklin Ave. in the village of Millbrook. Singing and the lighting of a 9 ft. Menorah on the lawn! Followed by Hot Latkes & Apple Cider, Donuts, Coffee & Chocolate Gelt for all, at Babette's kitchen, 3293 Franklin Ave. Millbrook Chanukah Committee at 845-677-0190.

Wednesday, December 13 @3:45 PM: Annual Large 9 ft. Menorah Lighting at the Hyde Park Town Hall located at 4383 Albany Post Rd/Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Town Supervisor & community officials will be joining in the fun, with doughnuts, live music & hot latkes served.

Thursday, December 14 @ 5:30 PM: Performance Motor Cars located at 1401 Route 9, Wappingers Falls. Outdoor large Menorah Lighting followed by Kosher Chinese food with hot latkes and drinks. Live entertainment.

Sunday, December 17@ 3:15 PM: Menorah Lighting on the Walkway over the Hudson at the center bump-out, with live music. Hot Latkes & apple cider, & fresh doughnuts are served. 61 Parker Ave. (parking), Poughkeepsie.


Sunday, December 17 @5:30 PM:  Pawling Menorah Lighting celebration at the Pawling Village Green on Charles Colman Boulevard, 12564. This event features Magic Marty, The Lighting of their 9 foot Menorah. Enjoy donuts and Chocolate Gelt with plenty of lively music. Call My Pardess at 845-440-7592.

BeaconArts Bicycle Menorah Lightings Start Dec. 12  BHA and The City of Beacon have put a new twist on its annual holiday lighting. City officials and BeaconArts members have worked together for six years for some terrific annual Bicycle Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings.

They’re Lighting Up the Beacon for 8 Nights from December 12 –19, 2017 at The Beacon Building at 427 Main Street, a NEW LOCATION!! It’s lit at 5:30 pm every night, with exception of Friday, December 15 (4:45pm). The story of Beacon is the story of a town coming through hard times with hope and dedication. Celebrating our community at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah!

Grateful thanks to sculptor Ed Benavente, the artist behind the Bicycle Menorah. In 2014, Rabbi Brent Spodek presented a maquette of the menorah at the White House’s Hanukkah celebration. Image of the “mini bicycle menorah” is to the left. Visit beaconhebrewalliance.org for more information on this event, the BHA and their programs. (see separate spotlight for Beacon's Bicycle Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 9th!)

Family Chanukah Extravaganza at the Poughkeepsie Galleria

Unite for Light: Chanukah Family Celebration is set for Sunday, December 17th from 4-6 pm at the Galleria. See an awesome show, “Up, Up and Away” by Mad Science of Mid-Hudson Valley. See flyer for list of family activities such as crafts, games, dreidels, plus raffles, Chanukah Gelt and prizes. Doughnuts, hot latkes and apple cider are served. The show is followed by the Menorah lighting and a very special tribute to our local heroes!

Sunday, December 17, 11am - 1pm: the Beacon Hebrew Alliance has a community Hanukkah celebration. While the event is geared towards children, all are welcome to join in the songs, skits, dreidel playing, arts and crafts, and delicious latkes. The event takes place at 331 Verplanck Avenue, Beacon. https://beaconhebrewalliance.org/




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