SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego's Jewish community will observe Tuesday night's beginning of Hanukkah, which celebrates the miracle of a menorah that remained lit for eight days, even though it was only believed to have enough oil for one night.
The holiday is marked by celebrations of music, food and games.
Hanukkah will be observed at synagogues around San Diego County as part of regular services, and many will also have daily candle-lighting ceremonies.
Among the events:
-- Chabad of downtown San Diego will hold a Hanukkah party for young adults Wednesday evening, at 472 Third Ave.;
-- Congregation Beth Israel will hold a celebration and dinner Friday evening, at 9001 Towne Center Drive in University City;
-- the Tifareth Israel Synagogue will also celebrate Friday, with music, candle lighting and a "Major League Dreidel" competition, at 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd. in San Carlos;
-- Temple Emanu-El will conduct a service Friday evening, at 6299 Capri Drive in Del Cerro;
-- Ner Tamid will host a family service Friday evening, with music, latkes and sufganiot, at 15318 Pomerado Rd.; and
-- the Beth Jacob Congregation will offer a Hanukkah dinner on Sunday, at 4855 College Ave. in the College Area.
"Major League Dreidel" is a spoof on the traditional Hanukkah game that's played with a four-sided top with Hebrew lettering.
Latkes are potato pancakes. Sufganiots, sometimes spelled "sufganiyots," are deep-fried, jelly-filled donuts.
Much of the importance of Hanukkah stems from its proximity to Christmas, but religious experts say it has less religious significance than other events on the Jewish calendar.
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