Being Jewish At Christmas|Philadelphia
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Being Jewish At Christmas|Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a wonderful city full or culture and entertainment year-round, especially at the holiday season. However, there are those who may not celebrate Christmas. There are wonderful activities for all. Being Jewish at Christmas in Philadelphia can be a wonderful way to spend the holidays, follow the traditions of Hannukah, while being entertained.

The holiday season is quickly approaching us. The decorations are up, bright lights adorn homes in our neighborhoods, many trees have been decorated, and gift buying continues as shoppers attempt to get the best deals. With a poor economy and tighter purse strings, sales are extremely important this year to many of us. One of the major cites where there are fun holiday activities is Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a diverse city with many nationalities, cultures and faiths that celebrate the holidays differently than others. Two of the primary holidays, with different meanings, that occur in December is Hanukkah and Christmas. Activities in Philadelphia also surround events that are not centered around Christmas. Being Jewish at Christmas in Phildadelphia does not mean a boring holiday season. There are many holiday events that are fun, edcuational, and part of their holiday traditions.

Being Jewish At Christmas

One December 25th, the National Museum of Jewish American History opens its doors to those who do not celebrate Christmas, as well as others who would wish to enjoy the events. On this day, visitors can enjoy music, food, and activities for children. Some of the most popular events during this entire day includes crafts, food, and shopping. There are other activities, during the month of December, at the museum.

Jon Nelson's Rockin' Kids Revue

This is fun activity for the entire family during a lively educational and interactive concert where the kids are advised “Get Ready To Dance.”

Laser Science

Wondergy returns with a laser light show that honors Albert Einstein, as well as to celebrate Hanukkah (The Festival Of Lights). This event is not only educational but fun for the entire family.

Holiday Parades

One of the most well-known parades in Philadelphia is the Mummer's Parade. However, there are parades during the month of December, large and small. However, there are other holiday parades that are part of celebrating the holidays.

Menorah Car Parade

The Menorah Car Parade takes place on December 20th, just across the Philadelphia Art Museum at Eakins Oval. This parade is comprised of over 100 vehicles of all sorts that carry a lit Menorah on the hood of their vehicles whether it be an automobile, limo, or truck. The parade travels to 5th and Market where the lighting of a large Menorah takes place, and of course, there are plenty of Latkes. The Lubavitch House continues the season with other activities such as the Talmud & Tanya: Unlocking the body and soul of Judaism, lighting of candles and the ending of Shabbat.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

The Gas and Electrics production of the Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins show is held at the Painted Bride Art Center, from December 20-31. The live entertainment and food is wonderful. If you have never heard of the Klezmer's, you certainly will want to enjoy their music.

One tradition of those who do not celebrate Christmas is to dine on Chinese food. Kosher Chinese food will be served before the show begins.

These non-Christmas events are open to the public. It is definitely a unique, educational and enjoyable way to spend the holiday season.

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Comments (5)

good article.voted

Thanks for sharing a very good article.

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Thanks. Happy that you enjoyed it Pinakin.

I wish I could see these events.

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I have lived here, again, since 98 and never knew these events existed.