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The festival of Chanukah teaches us about the power of light over darkness and right over might.
The festival of Chanukah teaches us about the power of light over darkness and right over might. Photo by Aron Kremer from FreeImages

Sonoma County Jewish Celebrations

Nov 8, 2019


Nov 19 ~ An Evening with Holocaust Survivor~  Leon Malmed will speak. 7p at Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.

Your Chanukah Pop Up Boutique

Nov 29-Dec 29 ~ Chanukah Shoppe~ Check our website for days and hours. Chabad Jewish Center, 205 Keller Street #101, Petaluma.

The fourth annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma RiverDec 22 ~ Chanukah at the River ~ Join us for the fourth annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma River! Mega-Nine-Foot Menorah, Spectacular Fire Juggling Performance, Latkes, Donuts, and Chocolate “gelt” Chanukah Craft, Music, Grand Raffle, Special Chanukah Giveaway for first 50 Kids! 4:30pm, 100 Petaluma Blvd N. Water Street Promenade, Petaluma.707-559-8585 or 

Dec 8 ~ Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration ~ You’re invited to a free Chanukah celebration for the entire family, at the Charles Schulz Museum! A multi-activity Chanukah-themed event for families with young children. Enjoy many fun activities, such as Decorate a Chanukah-themed marshmallow dreidel, get your picture taken with David theDreidel, make your own menorah collage, and roll your own Chanukah candles. Plus, make your own olive oil infusions, and enjoy gourmet olive oil tasting by BR Cohn. Don’t miss a live interactive performance with the amazing Octopretzel Children’s Musical Troupe. Adults will have a chance to enter a FREE raffle for many Chanukah gifts. This program is free and open to all when you say, “Hands-on Chanukah.” Hands-On Chanukah is a program by the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund, PJ Library, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. FREE! 10a-12p at  Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane. Santa Rosa. INFO. Carol Appel,,  415-847-2992  or

The ultimate Chanukah cookoff. Dec 8 ~ Latke Masterchef & Social ~ Compete, schmooze and enjoy. Teams will face off in the ultimate Chanukah cookoff. Join a team or make your own to create the best gourmet latkes and claim the coveted Latke trophy. Jewish Petaluma ‘foodies’ will be judging! 6:30p at Chabad Jewish Center, 205 Keller St. #101, Petaluma. 707-559-8585  or


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