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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Maryland's largest menorah was all lit up in Baltimore's McKeldin Square for the final night of Hanukkah on Wednesday. A parade of cars with smaller menorahs on their roofs made its way from Park Heights to downtown, for the celebration of the Jewish holiday. The event, which is put on by Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore, drew about 450 people, organizers said. One volunteer, Mendy Kaltmann, 17, a 12th grader at Lubavitch Yeshiva of Baltimore, said the event was "really captivating.
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Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | December 12, 2013
Sunrise on this Friday, a week and a day before the shortest day of the year, was at 7:18 a.m. and the time of the day's sun set is 4:44 p.m., which means out of this 24 hour span, only 9 hours, 26 minutes and 3 seconds would be considered daytime. By Dec. 21, the length of the day will have contracted by about another two minutes. Contrast this with June 21, 2014, the first day of summer in the coming year and the longest day of the year, which is predicted to last just shy of 15 hours.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 1, 2011
Bel Air will have a public menorah lighting ceremony this year at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah Thursday, Dec. 20. As was the case last year, the ceremony will take place, rain or shine, in Shamrock Park at the corner of Lee Way and Hickory Avenue, behind town hall, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature music, dreidels, doughnuts and hot latkes. Harford County Executive David Craig is also scheduled to attend. Bel Air held its first public menorah lighting ceremony in 2010.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Maryland's largest menorah was all lit up in Baltimore's McKeldin Square for the final night of Hanukkah on Wednesday. A parade of cars with smaller menorahs on their roofs made its way from Park Heights to downtown, for the celebration of the Jewish holiday. The event, which is put on by Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore, drew about 450 people, organizers said. One volunteer, Mendy Kaltmann, 17, a 12th grader at Lubavitch Yeshiva of Baltimore, said the event was "really captivating.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2010
A song in Hebrew rang out from a crowd gathered in a Harford County park at sundown Wednesday. Throughout the joyful salute to Hanukkah, Peter Silton held a burning torch. After the singers intoned, "Amen," he lit the first candle of a towering metal menorah to honor the first night of the Jewish celebration. He needed a stepladder to light the shamas — the candle that is usually lit first then used to light the others — officially beginning the first Hanukkah observance in the county to be held on public property.
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By Martha B. Walter | December 11, 1998
A MINOR holiday for a minority's religion, Hanukkah is about drawing the line, saying you'll assimilate so much and no more. But in America, how much is so much?In her memoir, "Miriam's Kitchen," published last year, Elizabeth Ehrlich describes how conflicted she used to feel sitting down to a holiday feast of goose prepared by her aunt who married a non-Jew. Decades of English literature had made the goose seem as Christmassy as the ham that stood next to it.Ms. Ehrlich's book is about finding her way back to Jewish traditions she had abandoned or never known.
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By Steve McKerrow | December 13, 1990
On The Weekend Watch:A FREEDOM FESTIVAL -- This week's holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the restoration of Jewish observance by a band of rebels in 165 B.C. Thus "Hanukkah -- A Celebration of Freedom" at 7:30 tonight on Maryland Public Television (Channels 22 and 67) follows folk singer Robyn Helzner on a concert tour in the Soviet Union, where Jewish observance was long repressed.YULE TIDINGS -- With 11 viewing days to go, more and more favorite Christmas specials are to be found. Among them is the 26th airing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," with Burl Ives narrating and singing, at 8 p.m. Friday on Channel 11. On ABC Friday comes a newer observance, a yule special featuring both cartoon version and real-life appearances of "The New Kids on the Block" (at 9, Channel 13)
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December 14, 1990
*The Jewish Community Center's Family-to-Family program for Soviet immigrants will sponsor a family Hanukkah program Sunday starting at 2 p.m. in the Dalsheimer Auditorium of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Highlights include Russian music and dance, piano favorites and mime. Free.*College Services Candle Lighting will feature singing by Sarah Watkins, a Peabody student, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish (( Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.*A Family Hanukkah Party, including aerobics for kids, light fare and singing, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Adults $3, children $1.*An Older Adult Services Candle Lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the JCC, 5700 Park Heights.
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By Molly Dunham Glassman and Molly Dunham Glassman,Sun Staff Writer | November 25, 1994
The holiday sale ads make today's paper as stuffed as the greediest eater at yesterday's Thanksgiving feast. Deck the malls with bows and tinsel -- silver and blue for Hanukkah, red and green for Christmas -- and then duck into a bookstore to escape the crush.This year Hanukkah will begin at sundown Sunday; the first day for Advent calendars is Thursday. Here are some gift ideas for Jewish, Christian and secular celebrations.* Diana Cohen Conway went to Alaska in 1970 and decided to stay.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
Every year during the Howard County Jewish Community School's annual Hanukkah Bazaar, children who have money to spend eagerly search for gifts to buy their parents and other loved ones. When they leave this year's bazaar, which will be held today, the youngsters will learn that they don't have to spend money to give.The youngsters will learn that the eight-day Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights is not meant to be materialistic. The holiday begins at sundown next Sunday. "This year, we decided to add a twist to share the other side of Hanukkah -- to donate gifts to people who are needy," said Jacques Fein, co-chairman of the school's bazaar.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The Westfield Annapolis mall hosts its annual "Chanukah Wonderland" on Wednesday night. At 5 p.m., a giant menorah will be lit at the mall by H&M near the Green Garage. Participants can help build a giant Lego menorah, decorate Hanukkah keepsakes, take pictures with Judah the Maccabee, eat hot latkes and doughnuts and enjoy entertainment from Michael Rosman, known as the "Squire of the Wire" at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Those who RSVP will receive a prize.
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November 22, 2013
Hannukah is the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America today — but for many, the deeper significance is lost under piles of dreidels, gifts and latkes. To help rediscover the meaning of this ancient tradition, Harford Chabad will host a Pre-Hanukkah class Nov. 27. The class is a comprehensive examination of the historical Jewish responses to discrimination and persecution. It surveys those communities who chose to assimilate into the wider society, and those that chose instead to shut the doors of the ghetto and recede into their own insular world.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Brace yourself for the epic convergence of two holidays - a celebration of rich dishes, piles of sweets and family togetherness the likes of which have never before been seen and won't be repeated for more than 77,000 years. Thanksgivukkah is coming. Latkes with cranberry sauce. Turkey-shaped menorahs. Cornucopias stuffed with dreidels. Thanks to quirks of the Jewish and Gregorian calendars, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will coincide this month for the first time since 1888, back when celebrations of both holidays were more muted.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2012
After mounting menorahs atop minivans and gathering in Park Heights, members of Baltimore's Jewish community paraded in a caravan south to the Inner Harbor, where they ate latkes and jelly doughnuts, danced and listened to traditional music before lighting the city's 30-foot-tall menorah in McKeldin Park. Under a misty rain Sunday evening, another Hanukkah season was marked downtown, with celebrants of the festival of lights proudly announcing their faith on Light Street. "Hanukkah has a special message, not only for people of the Jewish community but also for the larger community," said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, director of Chabad Lubavitch in Maryland, which helped organize the event.
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Dan Rodricks | December 25, 2011
The woman who came up with the idea - suggesting that a very large member of the Baltimore Ravens might hand off some XXXL clothing to a very large Towson University student who can't afford to buy his own - wishes to remain anonymous, and that's fine. Under the principles of her Jewish faith, such deeds are best if performed secretly, or at least quietly. So we'll call her Ruth, and leave it at that. Two years ago, Ruth and her husband started supporting a teenage boy from Middle River named Andrew Nagengast.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
On Dec. 19, Alan Morstein is hosting the eighth annual Hanukkah dinner at his Federal Hill favorite, Regi's American Bistro. The Hanukkah dinner , which Morstein says sells out every year (in other words, make reservations) features The eighth annual Hanukkah dinner at Regi's American Bistro features all the classics -- homemade chicken noodle soup, slow-roasted Bubbie's beef brisket, hand-shredded potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream, string beans and Goldberg's famous jelly doughnuts.
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By MARGARET RAMIREZ and MARGARET RAMIREZ,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 25, 2005
CHICAGO -- This morning, millions of Christians will attend Christmas services to celebrate the birth of Jesus. A few hours later, Jewish families will gather to recite Hebrew prayers and light a candle on the Hanukkah menorah, a celebration of another miracle. For the first time since 1959, in a coincidental convergence of calendars, the first night of the Jewish festival of lights will fall this year on Christmas Day. While the simultaneous holidays present obvious dilemmas for interfaith couples, Jewish leaders said the proximity of Christmas and Hanukkah has always posed challenges for the Jewish community in America, affecting the way the holiday is viewed and celebrated.
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By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville | December 2, 1993
Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Wednesday. A full schedule of events this weekend and next week is tied to the annual celebration of the Jews' victory over their persecutors more than 2,000 years ago and the freedom they won to practice their religion.Among the programs Sunday:* At 1 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., the musical duo of Jeff Klepper, a cantor, and Dan Freelander, a rabbi, will present a free concert and workshop, open to the public.
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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | December 9, 2011
'Tis the season of too much activity and busyness. This is when accidents happen. Stoves are left on, and fires begin. Speed, in driving or walking, leads to car crashes and falls. We rush around as if we are on life-saving deadlines, as if there are no days left for gift-giving or entertaining after Hanukkah or Christmas. Yesterday, I had my first mishap. It is nothing compared to a bodily injury or the horrible loss of loved ones experienced by some of my neighbors and friends this year.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 1, 2011
Bel Air will have a public menorah lighting ceremony this year at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah Thursday, Dec. 20. As was the case last year, the ceremony will take place, rain or shine, in Shamrock Park at the corner of Lee Way and Hickory Avenue, behind town hall, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature music, dreidels, doughnuts and hot latkes. Harford County Executive David Craig is also scheduled to attend. Bel Air held its first public menorah lighting ceremony in 2010.
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