Friday, December 16, 2011

You're Invited to the "Funky Hanukkah Joyous Event"

The season offers many opportunities and a variety of settings to donate to worthy organizations locally and at the same time celebrate culture and tradition. On Saturday, December 17 (that's tomorrow!), Congregation Nahalat Shalom will host the annual Funky Khanikeh Freylekh, a Hanukkah festival for the entire community.

For a modest entrance fee $2 ($1 for those 18 and under), plus voluntary donations of non-perishable food items for Roadrunner Food Bank and warm clothing and blankets for The Storehouse, you will be treated to live music, puppetry, arts and crafts and food.  This pre-Hanukkah celebration begins at 5:30. 
Want more details?  Here is how Nahalat Shalom describes the celebration (which translates to the Funky Hanukkah Joyous Event)
Dance to the exciting music of the 20-piece Community Klezmer band and join the fun and easy dance lines led by Rikud dance troupe. Enjoy special activities and presentations by and for children, and a performance by puppeteer Marc Wunder. Beautiful crafts and unique items will be sold by local artists and craftspeople -- including the nationally recognized New Mexico artists Diana Bryer and Diane Palley. There will also be a silent auction, a used book sale benefitting Nahalat Shalom's Library, and a raffle. “Latkes” - the famous potato pancakes of the Hanukkah tradition will be sold along with other delicious foods and drinks.
Oh and by the way, if Klezmer music interests you, the band that is based at Nahalat Shalom is open to members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation.  Watch for more information about Klezmerquerque 2012 on Presidents Day Weekend. For a wealth of information about klezmer music and dance around the world visit Ari Davidow's Klezmershack And visit Community Klezmer band's banjo-player Marc Yellin's website Abq Jew -- and his blog.

Menorah in Santa Fe.  Hanukkah is observed on Dec. 20-28 this year.

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