If you’re looking for something different to do during Chanukah, there are plenty of entertaining possibilities around the Baltimore area this season along with the more traditional celebrations and events. Chanukah begins the evening of Dec. 12 and ends the evening of Dec. 20. Let your light shine at these Chanukah events planned around the Baltimore-metro region.
>> The Jewish Museum of Maryland, in concert with its current exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” about the saga of Jews in Iraq and their lost history, is hosting “A Very Sephardic Hanukkah” on Dec. 10. Children’s programs and activities are planned throughout the day, including storytellers sharing Sephardic Chanukah stories.
The day kicks off with craft-making — holiday cards, evil-eye bracelets, dreidels and mezuzahs. Craft-making will be available all day until 4 p.m. Authors and storytellers Katherine Lyons and Pamela Ehrenberg will also be on hand during the day for scheduled readings of their books “What is a Miracle?” and “Dosas and Dreidels.” Admission to the museum on Dec. 10 is only $1 and includes all exhibitions.
Another upcoming event related to the Iraqi Jewish exhibit is “Iraqi Jewish Voices: Narratives of Memory and Identity,” on Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. featuring Dr. Henry Green from the University of Miami and Sephardi Voices. For more information visit jewishmuseummd.org.
>> The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC kicks off the season on Dec. 10 with, well, lacing up your kicks for the “2nd annual Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K Race and Family Fun Run.” Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the race steps off at 9 a.m. 5K Race fees are $40; register by 8:30 a.m. on race day. Family Fun Run fees are $20; register by 8:30 a.m. on race day. There will be hot chocolate at the finish line. For more information or to register, visit jcc.org/chanukah-hot-chocolate-5k.
>> Gordon Center for Performing Arts celebrates Chanukah with the interactive children’s musical “Hanna and the Moonlit Dress,” with songs and crafts for ages 2 to 8 on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit jcc.org/ gordon-center/event/hanna-and-moonlit-dress.
>> The Baltimore Chanukah Festival is set for Dec. 12 at the Inner Harbor’s McKeldin Square at Pratt and Light streets. First-night festivities begin at 3:30 p.m., with the lighting of the 32-foot Esther Anne Menorah at 5 p.m. There will be cookie decorating, menorah velvet art, “magic” color-scratch dreidels, Tiles for Smiles and a Yehuda the Maccabi photo booth. For more information, visit baltimorechanukahfestival.com.
>> Charm City Tribe hosts Chanukah Brew Ha Ha on Dec. 13 at Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., Suite D, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets to the event, for ages 21 and up, are $18 in advance and $23 at the door and include a souvenir glass, music by DJ Daniel Biltmore, sufganiyot by Center Cut Doughnuts, latkes, a photo booth and a basketball shootout. For more information or tickets, visit facebook.com/events/202277120317665.
>> The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC is building a 12-foot-high Lego menorah on Dec. 14 at “Lego, Lights and Latkes,” set for 5:30 p.m., with music, activities and holiday treats. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults until Dec. 7 ($10 for children and $15 for adults after Dec. 7). Fee includes a pizza dinner, latkes and doughnuts. For more information or to register, visit jcc.org/event/legos-lights-and-latkes.
>> Beth Israel Congregation brightens up the season with “Light Up Your Chanukah” on Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for all ages, with a multi- sensory light exhibit, the Kol Rinah choir, a Judaica Antiques Roadshow, latkes, a pasta dinner and dessert. Tickets are $12 for ages 11 and up and $8 for 10 and under; ages 3 and under are free; there is a $45 per household maximum charge. To RSVP for dinner, to enter a piece in the gallery or to share an artifact, visit tinyurl.com/BIChanukahParty17.
>> An die Musik LIVE!, 409 N. Charles St., hosts “Seth Kibel & Friends — A Swingin’ Klezmer Chanukah” on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. with Seth Kibel on clarinet, saxophone and flute, Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass and Tim Jarvis at the drums. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door and $10 for full-time students with an ID. For more information and tickets, visit andiemusiklive.com/events.
>> The Ariel Center hosts “Klezmer — Jewish Folk Music” on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC. In addition to the concert, there will be a dinner catered by Eden Café and a children’s program with prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for children under 13 until Dec. 14 ($35 for adults and $25 for children under 13 after Dec. 14); children under 3 are free. For more info and tickets, visit arielcenter.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3132288.
>> Chanukah Foundry Row is set for Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 2 and up, with Chanukah activities, music, food and crafts in the Wegmans dining area and Foundry Row shops. Go to visitfoundryrow.com/events/celebrate-chanukah-foundry- row.
>> The Weinberg Park Heights JCC hosts “Chanukah Wonderland” on Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with doughnut decorating, crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, a Chanukah photo booth and an olive press demonstration. Tickets are $18 for JCC members and Cheder families and $25 for guests. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, or to RSVP, visit jcc.org/chanukah-wonderland.
>> Beth Shalom Congregation presents the Robyn Helzner Trio’s “Jewish Music From Around the World” on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 and $10 for ages 3 to13; children 2 and under are free. There will be free goody bags for children, a reception for trio sponsors and a CD signing following the concert. For more information, visit beth-shalom.net/robyn-helzner-trio-jewish-music-around-world.
>> Charm City Klezmer hosts the its “Holiday Dance Party” on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Learn Yiddish social dances to music performed by husband-and-wife team Judith Geller and Michael Raitzyk, along with their children and a cadre of Baltimore musicians. Tickets are $18. For more information or tickets, visit creativealliance.org/events/2017/ 2017-charm-city-klezmer- holiday-dance-party.
>> Chizuk Amuno and Beth El congregations join forces for “Hanukkah Lights up the Sky!” on Dec. 18 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner includes a pasta bar, salad and latkes, followed by games, a student performance of holiday favorites, Chanukah candle lighting and fireworks at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is $5 per person or $18 per family by Dec. 11 ($6 per person or $20 per family at the door); children 3 and under are free. For more information or to RSVP, visit chizukamuno.org/events/hanukkah-lights-up-the-sky, or bethelbalto.com/Hanukkah. Payment may also be made at the synagogues’ offices.