Members of the Jewish community, friends, and neighbors are invited to the 12th Annual Chanukah in the Square extravaganza, sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the City of Charleston. Held at Marion Square on Sunday, December 22nd from 4 pm to 6 pm, Chanukah in the Square is a free, family-friendly event with food, music, activities and the tradition of lighting the menorah.
Event organizers, Chabad of Charleston – Center for Jewish Life and the College of Charleston’s Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, have partnered with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and many other community organizations to host the largest annual Jewish event in the state of South Carolina.
The festive event will include classic comforting Jewish foods, vendors, entertainment, and live music from Local Klezmer 42 of Athens, GA, all free of charge. Kid-friendly activities and entertainment include face painting, bounce castles, stilt walkers and more. Held on the first day of Chanukah, Charleston’s local Holocaust survivors will continue the tradition of lighting the menorah candles to conclude the evening.
“Our event draws over 2,000 participants each year, and we are happy to continue this tradition,” said Rabbi Yossi Refson of the Center for Jewish Life – Chabad of Charleston. “Chanukah is a time of year where we celebrate our gratefulness toward God and faith’s miracles. It’s a time where we are not just thankful for the Jewish faith, but for all practicing faith.”
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