Saturday, December 8, 2012
Sculpt, paint and design your own gift in Montgomery County.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Saturday, December 8, 2012
While holiday spending is expected to remain level or even increase slightly compared to 2011, many people are looking for ways to reduce the impact on their wallet or the environment by buying gifts at thrift or secondhand stores. Handcrafted gifts are another alternative to traditional holiday gifting (and not just for kids anymore)! Businesses where you can paint your own pottery, fuse a glass sculpture, design a piece of beaded jewelry or even stuff a plush toy animal are located all over Maryland, including Montgomery County. Learn how to make your own beaded jewelry: Rockville – Accents Beads, 12112 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852 Silver Spring – The Bead Warehouse, 2740 Garfield Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Takoma Park – S & …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with fun events.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Local events include: The national Menorah lighting takes place on Dec. 9. This national celebration of the beginning of Hanukkah features the United States Navy Band, children’s activities and the lighting of the National Menorah. This event is free, reservations required. The event begins at 4 p.m. at 1600 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Now through Dec. 16, 2012. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington is …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Check out what's on tap this year at the Bethesda Row Hanukkah Spectacular.
Balloon menorahs, live music, hot latkes and celebrities will lead the 5th annual Bethesda Row Hanukkah show this year. Katie Balloons, balloon artist and star TLC series The Unpoppables, will join Rabbi Sender Geisinsky of the Chabad of Bethesda-Chevy Chase to host ‘Chanukah Balloonarama’ at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Bethesda Lane. The event is free and open to the public and includes a balloon show with souvenirs for children, live music, hot latkes, chocolate coins and more, according to a press release. According to Rabbi Geisineky, the balloon theme was chosen to reflect the uplifting story of Hanukkah, an event commemorating the victory of Jewish fighters, known as the Maccabees, over the great Syrian-Greek army. This year, Hanukkah begins…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Bethesda with fun events.
According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born. Today, Jews typically celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating …
Friday, December 23, 2011
A Chevy Chase family celebrates the first night of an important Jewish holiday.
Chevy Chase resident Suzanne Amdur and her daughter and son-in-law extended a gracious invitation to Patch to participate in the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Iris Amdur and David Kass, both residents of the Town of Somerset, along with their children, gathered at Suzanne Amdur's home to light the menorahs (one for each child), open gifts and savor foods typical of this eight-day celebration, which commemorates the second-century triumph of the Jewish people over their rulers in Jerusalem, the Syrian Greeks. Read more about Hanukkah on Patch. "The tradition is a celebration of Jews overcoming adversity and gaining freedom," David Kass said. [We want] to advertise the joy of being Jewish. We're here and we're happy and …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Chevy Chase residents can choose from many different Hanukkah celebrations in the area. Here are the details on a couple of the events.
In less than a week, Hanukkah begins—at sundown on Dec. 20. With several synagogues in the area, Chevy Chase residents have many options for Hanukkah celebrations, depending on denomination. At the Temple Shalom (a Reform congregation) at 8401 Grubb Rd. in Chevy Chase, the Hanukkah Human Rights concert will start on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The duo of Pat Humphreys and Sandy Opatow—award-winning, activist musicians whose song "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement"—will perform, as will Aaron Shneyer, director of Heartbeat Jerusalem, a project that brings Israeli and Palestinian youth together through music. Also on the program is a special preview of "Home Front," a new 30-minute documentary that…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Residents and businesses celebrate the season with decorations and a wonderful selection of gift ideas.
Enjoy some photos capturing a bit of the holiday cheer in Chevy Chase this week.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Rabbi Michael Feshbach of Temple Shalom believes the holiday celebrates survival and how the Jewish community is different.
Friday evening marks the third night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. The holiday starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach has been at Temple Shalom, a Jewish Reform congregation, for 10 years. He shares his views on the religious holiday in this extended interview with Patch (play the video). He believes the holiday is about a story of figuring out how to survive as a small minority amongst a very large majority culture. He also believes Hanukkah stemmed from a different Jewish holiday, Sukkot. It's also a multi-day celebration but honors the harvest and labors of the field, similar to Thanksgiving. An essay of Rabbi Feshbach's view on Hanukkah can also be found on …