Mu­sic and fun take the stage at Dec. 23 Chanukah cel­e­bra­tion

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Cel­e­brate the eighth night of Chanukah with latkes, gelt, live mu­sic, sto­ries, prizes and more in the am­phithe­ater at The Shops at Boca Cen­ter, 5050 Town Cen­ter Cir­cle in Boca Ra­ton. The com­mu­nity event, tak­ing place Dec. 23, will be­gin with crafts, games and story time at 5:30 p.m. The fes­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue with the can­dle light­ing and en­ter­tain­ment at 6 p.m.

“We’re cre­at­ing one large meno­rah of our whole com­mu­nity,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment for the Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of South Palm Beach County. “The full ra­di­ance of our di­verse Jewish com­mu­nity will be un­mis­tak­able as lead­ers of our lo­cal syn­a­gogues each light one can­dle.”

After the light­ing, Jewish mu­si­cian Sammy Rosen­baum and band mem­bers will lead a sing-along for all ages fol­lowed by a Chanukah con­cert. Rosen­baum, who is also a mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor, blends styles rang­ing from jazz, funk, and folk to world beat and hip hop to con­nect peo­ple through Jewish mu­sic.

This spe­cial event is pre­sented by PJ Li­brary in South Palm Beach County, a fam­ily en­gage­ment pro­gram that works to in­spire a love of Ju­daism in chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

“All fam­i­lies liv­ing in south Palm Beach County rais­ing Jewish chil­dren from 6 months through 8 years old are in­vited to sign up for PJ Li­brary to re­ceive a monthly gift of free, high-qual­ity Jewish chil­dren’s books and mu­sic,” said Elana Ostroff, di­rec­tor of the li­brary.

“We’re grate­ful to The Shops at Boca Cen­ter and to our other gen­er­ous lo­cal spon­sors of what’s sure to be a night to re­mem­ber for our Jewish com­mu­nity,” added Ostroff. “We’ll have kosher latkes, gelt and great raf­fle prizes as we wrap up our Chanukah fes­tiv­i­ties.”

PJ Li­brary in South Palm Beach County is a part­ner­ship made pos­si­ble through support from the Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of South Palm Beach County, United Synagogue of Con­ser­va­tive Ju­daism, Union for Re­form Ju­daism, Leon and Toby Coop­er­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, the Harold Grin­spoon Foun­da­tion, Jewish Women’s Foun­da­tion of South Palm Beach County and lo­cal donors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Elana Ostroff at 561-852-6080 or email pjli­brary@bo­cafed.org.

Joanna Drowos, left, Lila Drowos, Jack­son Drowos and Bryan Drowos

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