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First Jewish Heritage Night with Bucs is Dec. 18

In celebration of Hanukkah, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host its first ever Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, Dec. 18 as the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The event will begin with an exclusive tailgate at 7 p.m. as Bryan Glazer, Bucs co-chairman and a Jewish community leader, along with others light a 12-foot tall menorah.

The tailgate, located at Quad C near the southeast corner of the stadium, will also feature special Hanukkah music, potato latkes, doughnuts and desserts, limitededition souvenirs and a cash bar.

Later, during the game, the menorah lighting ceremony will be replayed on the giant Bucs Vision screen in the stadium.

The only Jewish member of the Buccaneers is center Ali Marpet, shown in advertising for the event with the headline: “Siege the Night with the Power of Light.” Marpet recently suffered a season-ending injury and a Bucs’ spokeswoman said she was not sure if Marpet would be at the tailgate.

Jewish Heritage Night is a joint project of Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay and the Bucs.

The area’s other two professional sports franchises, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays, have been holding Jewish Heritage events for several years, but this will be the first for the Bucs.

That is not to say the Bucs and the Jewish community have not collaborated before. The Jewish Leadership Training Institute annually holds a session at One Buc Place (see story above). Plus, in the past, the Jewish federations’Young Adult Divisions have attended practice sessions and held tailgate and game events.

For this first ever Hanukkah celebration, the Bucs are offering discounted tickets in the Club level for $155 or upper corner section for $55. The tickets include passes to the tailgate. The tailgate only is $10 for those who already have tickets.

Go to to purchase tickets and tailgate only passes. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, Dec. 15.

Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, who directs Chabad Chai in South Tampa and helped organize the event, remarked “Hanukkah is a chance to celebrate the power of light to dispel darkness, no matter the odds. At a time when the world faces numerous obstacles, and the darkness seems stronger then ever, the menorah is a reminder that when we kindle the light of our souls, nothing can stop us.”

The Bucs may want to take that philosophy to heart in the nationally televised Monday Night Football game with kickoff at 8:30 p.m.

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