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Thousands expected at two free Chanukah celebrations in Boca this week

Chanukah starts at sundown Sunday, so get the menorah ready for 8 days of candle lighting.

There’s a community celebration the third night on Tuesday, Dec. 4. On Friday, Dec. 7, Temple Beth El will again sponsor Chanukah Under the Stars in Mizner Park Amphitheater.  Both events are free.

Tuesday’s celebration includes a story time, giant menorah lighting and a concert on the open-air area at The Shops at Boca Center. PJ Library, a free Jewish reading program, sponsors the event.

Crafts, sweets and a showcase start at 5:30 p.m. Storytime is 5:50 p.m. Lenny Solomon of the band Shlock Rock is the headliner for a concert at 6 p.m. Organizers said this event drew 1,000 people last year.

The Shops at Boca Center is on the east side Military Trail about a mile north of Palmetto Park Road. Self-parking on the plaza or in two parking garages is free. Paid valet parking is available in front of Brio’s.

Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will celebrate the Festival of Lights in Mizner Park Amphitheater from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.


Rabbi David Baum was one of the local rabbis to light candles at a previous year’s PJ Library community celebration.

The event will have a children’s area with bounce houses, face painting and crafts. Food vendors will have dinner and snacks for sale, including latkes, the holiday’s traditional potato pancakes.

A Chanukah and Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature Temple Beth El’s clergy, Adult, teen and youth choirs will be accompanied by professional musicians.

The event began in 2010 and by 2014 had attracted nearly 4,000 people, according to organizers.

Mizner Park is on the east side of Federal Highway just south of Glades Road and north of Palmetto Park Road.  Parking is free in four garages. There are parking meters on the street in the park. The closest paid valet parking stand is next to Max’s Grille.

Seating will be limited in the amphitheater. Guests are asked to bring their own seating and arrive early for best parking.





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