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The 4 Best Chanukah Celebrations In New York City

In modern times, people celebrate Chanukah by lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel for gelt and eating oil-rich foods such as potato pancakes—also known as latkes. Here are 4 ways you can celebrate Chanukah in New York City. By Carly Sitzer.

Annual Chanukah Soiree

JCC Manhattan
(credit: JCC Manhattan/Facebook)

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8:30 PM
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If you think Chanukah is just for kids, the JCC Manhattan is going to prove you wrong with their annual soiree. At this year's celebration, hosted by The Grisly Pear, everyone will be treated to grown-up, festive fun such as an open bar, Chanukah treats, bar tending lessons and much more!

Chanukah on Ice

Chanukah on Ice
(credit: Chabad of the West Side)

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6 PM
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Chabad of the West Side is teaming up with several other Jewish organizations in NYC to bring Chanukah on Ice again this year. On the first night of Chanukah, Chabad is inviting families to celebrate by skating under the stars to festive music and a giant, ice-carved menorah!

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah

Largest Menorah
(credit: Chabad in Brooklyn)

Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Tuesday, Dec. 28, 6 PM
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If you don't feel like braving the crowds of Rockefeller Center to see NYC's largest Christmas tree, head over to Prospect Park to see Brooklyn's largest menorah! Sponsered by Chabad in Brooklyn, everyone is welcome to light the colossal menorah every night of Chanukah!

The Matzo Ball

Matzo Ball
(credit: Young Jewish Professionals/Facebook)

Saturday, Dec. 24, 9 PM
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If you're looking a young, Jewish professional looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah amidst Christmas and Christmas Eve—look no further! The Society of Young Jewish Professionals is hosting the 25th annual Matzo Ball, which is a networking and match-making event aimed at singles between ages 21 and 49. This year's New York City ball is hosted at Capitale, but it's only one of many Matzo Balls being thrown across the country!

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