Almost Time to Light the Menorah! The Jewish Federation of New Mexico's annual pre-Chanukah celebration and gift bonanza will be held this year (for the first time) at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This year's Chanukah Festival will be the largest gathering of the Jewish community of the year; in fact, for many years.
Nonstop entertainment on the stage will include live bands, dancing, a Chanukah performance by Solomon Schechter students and will culminate in a large Menorah lighting.
Note: The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, to which Abq Jew has a strong musical connection, WILL NOT perform.
More and diverse merchants will be on hand for holiday shopping including Judaica, books, photos, jewelry, skin care, scarves.
Note: The Perri Yellin Art Studio, to which Abq Jew has strong business and other connections, WILL display.
Jewish agencies and organizations will be hosting their own tables to provide information about their resources and services. Children will have more fun than ever with inflatable bouncers, dreidel games, craft activities, face-painting and even a Petting Zoo. A silent auction with stunning gifts will round out the day.
Info: Please contact Phyllis Wolf 348-4500 or Robyn Weiner 348-4518.