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BOYNTON BEACH AND PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (October 22, 2013) – Continuing a popular annual tradition that welcomes thousands each year to light the Hanukkah menorah, the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will host two community Hanukkah Candle Lighting events on December 1, 2013. The first one will be held at Canyon Town Center Amphitheater in Boynton Beach from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a second at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens from 4 to 6 p.m.  The events are free and open to the public.

This year, the vibrant and engaging Miss Emily and her rockin’ band share the joy of Judaism through singing, dancing, and sharing traditional and contemporary Jewish music for all ages. The Hanukkah Candle Lighting events also feature song and blessings led by local rabbis and cantors, additional children’s arts and crafts and more.  Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

The Hanukkah celebration will be held at the Boynton location from 2 to 4 p.m. In addition to Miss Emily and her band, there will also be a performance by Miss Carolyn’s Glee Club, as well as guest appearances by Tamaso the Magician and Captain Cartoon. Temple partners include Temple Shaarei Shalom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple B’nai Jacob, Chabad of the Greater Palm Beaches and Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach. The event is presented by GL Homes, with a special thanks to Canyon Town Center. Community sponsors are Kaufman Lynn Construction, After Hours Pediatrics, Fara Bender DMD, Pediatric Dentist and Mercedes-Benz of North Palm Beach.

The festivities will be held in Palm Beach Gardens from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be a clergy performance by all the local Rabbis and Cantors. This popular concert was the hit of the show last year and brings the Jewish community together. Temple partners include Temple Beth David, Temple Judea, Temple Beth Am, Temple Israel, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Synagogue, New Synagogue of Palm Beach and Temple Beth El. Other Jewish agencies include the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Morse Life, Arthur I. Meyer Academy, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI) and the Commission for Jewish Education. Presenting sponsors are Mercedez-Benz of North Palm Beach and Kaufman Lynn Construction.

At both locations, the Mandel JCC is partnering with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.
For more information about the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches and all its programming and services, please visit

The mission of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches is to help create a strong Jewish community by providing high quality programs close to where people live that connect people to Jewish Life.  The Mandel JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

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