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Virtual Israeli Cultural Evening and Chanukah Celebration
Although Chanukah begins Thursday the 10th, tonight the celebrations begin with a special cultural evening. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or even just New Year’s Eve, tonight we are embracing the Holy Land and celebrating the holiday season with a virtual visit to Israel. On December 9<sup>th</sup>, embrace the historic spirit of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv in a multi-faceted cultural Israeli evening. <strong>VIRTUAL HISTORIC TOUR OF CHANUKAH</strong> An expert tour guide will join us for a historical tour of the origins of Chanukah. The Festival of Lights this year begins on the evening of December 10 and runs through the evening of the 18th. This eight-day celebration commemorates the Dedication of the Temple after Judah the Maccabee and his comparatively tiny army led a revolt against the occupying Syrian-Greeks forces. Through images and discussion, we will revisit the times of the Maccabees and the miracle of the eight nights. We also get a special virtual tour of how the Jewish people celebrate the holiday in Israel and different parts of the world. <strong>ISRAELI COOKING DEMONSTRATION</strong> An Israeli chef will demonstrate how to make special dishes in time for the holidays. <strong>ISRAELI WINE VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION</strong> An Israeli wine expert will showcase some special brands, discuss their origins, the proper way to enjoy them, and will offer secrets on how to best get them. <strong>ISRAELI MUSICAL AND DANCE PRESENTATION: </strong> Get off your chairs and dance along to an Israeli musical presentation and dance presentation from native performers. (Pre Recorded from the Embassy of Israel). <strong>IMAGES FROM ISRAEL</strong> Discover the historical and artistic highlights of Israel– the more you see, the more you’ll seek! <strong>VIRTUAL TOUR OF BETHLEHEM</strong>: Our virtual guide will rejoin us for a tour of modern Bethlehem and show us the sites relevant to the upcoming Christmas celebration. <strong>CHANUKAH CELEBRATION</strong> We will finish the evening with some virtual games, traditions, and mingling.