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Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Minnesota

Minnesota has a diverse population which consists of residents from all parts of the world and those practicing different religions. Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday that falls right around Christmas each year and is celebrated by many Minnesotans annually. A holiday that marks a time when the Jewish people were blessed with many miracles, Hanukkah is a fun and exciting eight days of gratitude and joy. Even if you're not Jewish, take time to celebrate Hanukkah this year and enjoy the season of miracles.

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The Dreidel Dash
The St. Paul Jewish Community Center
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0751

Date: Dec. 14, 2014

Support the local Jewish Community Center and get some exercise for Hanukkah. The Dreidel Dash is an annual event that consists of a 10K, a 5K and a Maccabee Mini-Mile for the kids. The course will take you down Mississippi River Boulevard and to the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul. This year, the Dreidel Dash is on the Sunday before Hanukkah starts, a perfect way to kick off the party early. Stick around after the event for the Post-Dash Bash, an event open to the community with games, activities, face painting and Hanukkah treats for purchase.

Visit The Temple Gift Shop
Temple Israel Gift Shop
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-8680

Wondering where to purchase a menorah for the festival of lights? Maybe you just want a few dreidels to play around with. The gift shop located in the Temple Israel in uptown Minneapolis carries all of the Jewish and Hanukkah paraphernalia you could ever need. The best way to celebrate Hanukkah is by observing the traditions of the season, lighting the menorah on each night and contemplating the miracles that happened so long ago. Visit the gift shop and stick around to talk with the rabbi. Who knows, you may learn something new.

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"The Chanukah Guest"
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 647-4315

Date: Dec. 4-21, 2014

Enjoy a fun and entertaining show at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. The theatre is dedicated to producing content that reflects and educates about the Jewish heritage. This year, "The Chanukah Guest" takes audiences into the traditional Jewish home of Bubba Brayna, where she receives an unusual guest for the holiday. The mission of the theatre is to embrace all cultural backgrounds and differences through performing arts. The performance will run through December and is a funny and clever comedy for all ages.

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Vitali's Bistro
2101 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 929-1075

Try a new food this year at Vitali's Bistro. This Kosher restaurant serves fresh and healthy fare that is Jewish-friendly and delicious at the same time. The menu consists of pizzas and omelets packed with fresh vegetables, Israeli and Middle-Eastern selections and the favorite Jewish meal of bagels and lox. Vitali's is closed on the Sabbath, from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown, however it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the rest of the week and from sundown until midnight on Saturday. Enjoy live music on those Saturday nights and celebrate the holidays with a great kosher meal.

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Calculate Your Jewish Birthday

www.chabad.orgEver wonder why Hanukkah falls on a different date every year? Or why the Jewish New Year is in September? The Hebrew calendar is separate from the Gregorian calendar, the one most people are familiar with. Today, the Hebrew calendar is mainly used for religious holidays and observing times of fasting. However, it is possible to pinpoint which Hebrew month and day something happened and when that would occur again. The Chabad organization website provides a birthday calculator to help you determine which day and month of the Hebrew calendar your birthday falls on and when you can celebrate it this year.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.

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