I am on Hanukkah overload, and the first candle is not even lit yet! There are so many Hanukkah happenings to chose from.......decisions, decisions. This has actually reminded me of a couple of conversations I have had with PJ Library parents who, with their families, have moved away from South Florida. They call me and tell me how "different" Jewish life is in other parts of the country like Tennessee or South Carolina. They are finding themselves actively seeking out Jewish things to do with their kids and places where they can connect with other Jewish families. They report to me how much they took for granted when they lived here in the Greater Palm Beach Beaches, often even skipping events because it took a little effort.
One mom arrived in her new city to find the local PJ Library community there was "on hold" due to lack of funding. So, the precious books her kids had been getting for almost a year (through PJ Library in the Greater Palm Beaches) wouldn't be coming to their new address. Now, here's a miracle: instead of getting angry or upset, she decided to be part of the drive to help get the program funded in her new city. She used her experience as a PJ mom to speak to others about what the program can do for a child and for a family.
All I am saying is, that I am beginning to see how easy it can be to take things for granted when you live in such a vibrant Jewish community. Yes, there are a dozen places to go to see a Hanukkiah be lit. Yes, there are even more places to go to eat delicious latkes and spin the dreidel. And this Hanukkah, I will proudly light my menorah and take FULL advantage of all the Hanukkah events/dinners/gatherings I can. I hope to see lots of friends there.
For events listing, see the Jewish Family Life calendar here.
Click here for more Hanukkah Resources.
Use this link for resources specifically on the "December Dilemma".