Rabbi Yitzchok Gurevitz of West Mt. Airy's Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia tells NewsWorks that an outdoor Menorah Lighting Celebration will take place Wednesday night at the Chestnut Hill Plaza, Germantown Ave. near Cresheim Valley Drive.
Organizers of the 6:30 p.m. event, at which hot latkes and cider will be served, invite all "to join in the festivities celebrating the beginning of the eight-day holiday" of Chanukah.
It also serves as a lead in to the fourth year of Chestnut Hill's Chanukah Wonderland, a "unique experience of Judaic activity and entertainment for children of all ages." It will run from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 3 at 7932 Germantown Ave., near Willow Grove Ave.
"The Chanukah Wonderland will provide families in the area with the opportunity for celebrating Chanukah in a very hands-on and engaging manner," said Gurevitz, director of the event's host and sponsor, Chabad of Northwest Philadelphia.
An all-ages list of activities includes Chanukah sand art, Dreidel shrinky dinks, cookie decorating and a special "sensory toddler zone."
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday. All activities are free, and there is no admission charge, according to Gurevitz.
For more information, call (215) 847-9042 or visit www.chabadnwp.org.