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November 17, 2017  RSS feed
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Hanukkah party for ‘all types’ of families

¦ For more holiday events, See Page 11.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will once again host a special family Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Spearheaded by the PJ Library Community Council, the council is calling the event, “Be the Light: Hanukkah Party & Toy Drive.”

Activities will include a festive dairy brunch at Ruth Eckerd Hall in the Margarete Heye Great Room, where attendees will enjoy holiday favorites like latkes, jelly doughnuts, entertainment and activities appropriate for children 2 to 11. Among the activities planned are balloon animals, holiday crafts, PJ Library story time and a photo booth.

The program incorporates Jewish traditions and aims to provide a cultural experience appropriate for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The program is specifically designed to emphasize a message of inclusion.

“We want to welcome all types of families, whether there is one Jewish parent, two Jewish parents, a single parent, LGBTQ parents, grandparents, blended families, Jews by Choice and people who just love the beauty of Jewish culture … all are wanted and included,” said event committee member Susie Schwartz.

More than a holiday event, Be the Light is a special community initiative in partnership with Toys for Tots, teaching young guests the spirit of tzedekah (charity). Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate. The Toys for Tots organization is specifically in need of items for babies under 1- year-old and gifts for children ages 10-12.

Other members of the event committee are Gily Baror, Vicky Dinehardt, Mali Feld, Mandi Gross, Aliza Norstein (Federation Fellow), Yael Mor (Community Shlicha) and Kara Tanner.

Tickets are $25 per family with an option to sponsor a family who might need assistance. Space is limited. To RSVP, call the Federation office at (727) 530-3223 or email Reservations can also be made online at

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