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By adamg - 12/6/21 - 9:23 am

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has posted an apology for a City Hall Chanukah display that included an explanation that discussed the holiday in Christian terms and referred to "the sins of Israel," WBZ reports.

By adamg - 12/4/21 - 4:40 pm

Thursday was Shaloh House's annual Chanukhah Hummer Parade, in which the Brighton Chabad center throws a party that includes a ride for kids around Boston in Hummer limos with large menorahs mounted on the roofs.

This year, one particularly put out citizen on Beacon Hill filed a 311 report about what he or she found to be a simply ghastly display: Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/20 - 9:07 pm

The Jewish Journal interviews Tom Mountain of Newton, vice chairman of both the Massachusetts Republican Party and the Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee, a day after his release from Brigham and Women's, where he was hospitalized with Covid-19 after flying down to Washington for a Dec. 9 Chanukah celebration at the White House. Read more.

By adamg - 12/22/19 - 5:37 pm
Menorah lighting in Adams Park in Roslindale Square

For the fourth year in a row, local Jews gathered in Adams Park in Roslindale to light menorahs to start the eight-day holiday of Chanukah. Several people brought their own menorahs from home for lighting inside a tent at the official start of the evening around 4:12 p.m.. Read more.

By adamg - 12/6/18 - 10:26 pm
Relighting the Cambridge Common menorah

Photo by Ron Newman

Ron Newman attended a ceremony on Cambridge Common tonight where residents and officials honored the people who put a large menorah back up Sunday afternoon after some guy on a bike went to the effort to knock it down. Read more.

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By adamg - 12/2/18 - 8:20 pm
By adamg - 12/12/17 - 7:57 pm

Lily Goldman shows us the lighting of Temple Ahavat Achim's lobster-trap menorah tonight, ten years after an eight-alarm fire destroyed the temple building.

By adamg - 12/5/17 - 7:09 pm

Jewish Boston goes on a latke hunt in time for Channukah. Not as easy as it might seem:

One would think that the Chestnut Hill Wegmans would stock latkes. They have subs, salads, sushi, and a person whose job it is to offer samples of cannoli. However: You will brave the crowds, and you will be sorely disappointed.

By adamg - 12/6/15 - 7:10 pm
Judah Maccabbee hands out dreidels in Brookline

After sunset, Jewish families gathered in front of the Devotion School on Harvard Street, where Judah Maccabee himself handed out dreidels tonight before the prayers were song and the menorah was lit for Chanukah's first night, in a celebration sponsored by the local Chabad Chai center:

Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/14 - 6:41 pm
Gingerbread house, but for Jews

Spotted at the West Roxbury Roche Bros. tonight.

By adamg - 12/15/14 - 7:37 am

UPDATE: They light the menorah Tuesday evening.

And, yes, they know lobster isn't kosher:

That’s why there are no lobsters in any of the pots and no one is eating the menorah so get over yourself Smugly McLeviticus.

Also, the menorah is 20 feet tall:

Temple Ahavat Achim now beats the White Rock South Surrey Jewish Community Centre of Vancouver for the largest single piece of Hanukkah kitch. Their 4’4” freestanding dreidel got nothing on us!

Via Good Morning Gloucester.

By adamg - 12/7/14 - 11:25 am

Good Morning Gloucester reports Temple Ahavat Achim plans to build a menorah out of lobster traps this year.

By adamg - 12/6/14 - 12:00 pm

The Herald reports on the battle between the BPL board of trustees, who think it's dandy to decorate the main library with Christmas wreathes, and a Back Bay resident who wants to supplement the wreathes with a menorah.

The mayor, who appoints library trustees, has decided it's "not his place" to try to convince them otherwise.

By adamg - 12/5/13 - 10:26 pm

Remarks by the President at Afternoon Hanukkah Reception - a reception attended by, among others, Dana Gitell, who coined the term "Thanksgivukkah."

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 7:00 pm
Menorah in Copley Square

Arturo Gossage photographed the Copley Square menorah, with Old South Church in the background.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 10/20/13 - 9:40 am

Hizzona tweets:

I'll proclaim November 28, 2013 Thanksgivukkah in the City of Boston. How will you celebrate?

Roslindale's own Dana Gitell has been the holiday's most tireless backer.

By adamg - 10/16/13 - 8:00 am

The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah

The kids at Kehillah Schechter Academy, the closest Jewish day school to Plymouth Rock, remind us that the once-in-a-lifetime confluence of Thanksgiving and Channukah is nigh.

Via Thanksgivukkah Boston.

By adamg - 12/11/12 - 3:22 pm

More places than you might expect are serving latkes.

By adamg - 11/30/12 - 12:20 pm

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m: Northeastern says two students "have accepted responsibility for vandalizing the university's Menorah" and that they now face disciplinary action. Still no word on just what they did.

Northeastern President Joseph Aoun alerted his campus in e-mail this morning. He didn't specify just how the Krentzman Quad menorah was damaged, but said it's been repaired and that campus police are hunting suspects. His e-mail:

To all members of the Northeastern community:

By adamg - 11/29/12 - 9:38 am

The Brighton Mills Shaw's was playing Chanukah music this morning:

Right now the store is broadcasting Haveinu Sholom Aleichem!

Meanwhile, a local group is already focusing on Thanksgivukkah next year - when the two holidays overlap for the first time since 1918.

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