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more hanukkah and beyond

12/17/2020 10:21:41 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Hanukkah is almost over, but there’s lots more Jewish fun and learning left for 2020.

If you need some family fun for the last night of Hanukkah, here’s an online game:

 Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) is having a comeback.  Flory Jagoda was almost single handedly responsible for its preservation and revival in the United States. While at 97, she no longer performs, her legacy lives on. She was lauded by the Library of Congress with a celebratory concert in 2013.

Celebrate Flory’s birthday with the National Museum of American Jewish History on December 21.

She’s best known for the Hanukkah song Ocho Kandelikos (Eight Candles). Here is a new version.

There is also a children’s biography by Debbie Levy. The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and her music.

Join the challah bake on Friday, December 18 at 1 pm. Fill your house with the lovely aroma of baking hallah. It only takes about a hour of active time.

Are you a sports fan who loves a good story? On December 21 at 7 pm listen to the amazing story pf basketball great Amar’e Stoudemire at

The Hub at My Jewish Learning gathers lots of Jewish activities from study to song to entertainment.

 Close your eyes. Imagine you are listening to wonderful cantorial music. Describe the person you see in front of you. Chances are it won’t be one of the little known Black cantors. Learn about the fascinating history of the Black cantors and listen to their wonderful voices.

Meet the prophets in a series of emails from My Jewish Learning. maropost&ut_ campaign=MJL&utm medium=email

Are you looking for something to do on the evening of December 24? Spend it with My Jewish Learning’s Nittel Nacht, an evening of fun, games and learning from 7-11 p.m.

Lastly, as we approach a new year and a new presidential administration, the words of the late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks seem germane. A prolific writer and teacher, a former leader of the Orthodox Community of Greta Britain, Rabbi Sacks, who was also a Baron, wrote “The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God's image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.” 

 REMINDER: The library is open for borrowing. It is staffed on Wednesday. There are many new books available as well as great older ones for readers of all ages including teens. However, if you are reluctant to come into the building, let me know what you want and I will leave it for you in the office. The online catalog is very easy to use. There is a link to the catalog on the library’s home page. Comments, questions or requests? Email me at

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