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HANDS ON HANUKKAH is a Community Event taking place at the UTC Mall during the 8 days of Hanukkah. The family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, raffles & giveaways, food & photos, storytelling, live musical performances and end with lighting the hanukkiah. All events start at 4pm and end at 7:15pm. HANDS ON HANUKKAH runs Sunday, November 28 - Sunday, December 5 and is produced by Temple Sinai Sarasota. See the full schedule below!            



4:00PM - 5:00PM - Dreidel Game/Spinning Contest - Are you a champion spinner? Test your mad skills at this Hands on Hanukkah kick-off event.
5:00PM - 6:00PM - Edible Dreidels - They are great for spinning and playing and even more fun to eat! 
6:00PM - 6:30PM Hanukkah Storytime  - Listen to Laura Freedman read, Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - Temple Sinai - Sinai Rocks - Witness these great performances that bring groove to the holiday!
7:00PM - 7:15PM - Join Rabbi Kahn, Chazzan Abramson and Temple Sinai congregants to light the very FIRST NIGHT's candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Plant a tree in Israel with the Jewish National Fund.


Monday, NovEMBER 29:

4:00PM - 5:00PM - Beaded Star - Bead it...just bead it! Make your very own beaded star.
PM - 6:00PM - Cookie Time - Take home your very own delicious Hanukkah cookie!
PM - 6:30PM - Hanukkah Storytime  Listen to  Laura Freedman read, The Ziz and The Hanukkah Miracle.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - The Player's Centre  - Enjoy the talent of this area artist.
PM - 7:15PM - Join Cantors Marci Vitkus and Riselle Bain to light the 2nd candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Donate clothing for Mother's Helping Mothers.

Tuesday, NovEMBER 30:

4:00PM - 5:00PM - Make and Take Hanukkah Mobile - You CAN take it with you! Join craft time  and make a Hanukkah mobile!  Additional crafts donated and led by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 
5:00PM - 6:00PM Donut Holes - Get your FREE Dunkin Donut Donut Holes
6:00PM - 6:30PM - Hanukkah Storytime  - ListeN to Jessi Sheslow and MG Berman read, Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - Sarasota Jewish Theatre - Enjoy this live performance by the Sarasota Jewish Theater.
7:00PM - 7:15PM - Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee & PJ Library to light the 3rd candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Make a donation to and receive a wishlist for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, DecEMBER 1:

4:00PM - 5:00PMLatke Flip Craft - Well Flip my Latkes!! Join craft time and make an awesome latke craft! 
5:00PM - 6:00PMLatke Demo by Williams Sonoma - Maybe there's a new trick or secret ingredient! Come and watch the pros make latkes!
6:00PM - 6:30PM Hanukkah Storytime  - Listen to Illene Dyrda read, Hanukkah is Coming.
6:30PM - 7:00PMFST performs -  - Enjoy the talent of this areas artists.
7:00PM - 7:15PMJoin Sarah Wertheimer (Embracing our Differences) to light the 4th candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Donate pet supplies for the Sarasota County Humane Society

Thursday, DecEMBER 2:

4:00PM - 5:00PM Colorful Tape Menorah - Create colorful menorahs! Join craft time and make a colorful menorah.
5:00PM - 6:00PM Cookie Time - Free Hanukkah cookies will be given out! 
6:00PM - 6:30PMHanukkah Storytime  - Listen to Laura Freedman read, The Eight Knights of Hanukkah.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - Jewish Chorale - Enjoy this live performance by Sarasota's own talent.
7:00PM - 7:15PM - Join Mayor Hagen Brody (City of Sarasota) to light the 5th candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Make a poster for Aviva Senior Living.

Friday, DecEMBER 3:

4:00PM - 5:00PM - Canvas Wall Hanging Sponge Stamping - Join craft time and make a beautiful wall hanging to celebrate Hanukkah!
5:00PM - 6:00PM - Donut Holes - Get your FREE Dunkin Donut Donut Holes
6:00PM - 6:30PM - Hanukkah Storytime  - Listen to Bridget Bielowicz read, I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - Booker Middle School VPA - - Enjoy this live performance by Sarasota's own talent.
7:00PM - 7:15PM - Join Manatee Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Gulf Coast Community Foundation, to light the 6th candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Adopt-A-Family for the holidays with Jewish Family & Children Services of the Suncoast

Saturday, December 4:

4:00PM - 5:00 PM - Lego Hanukkah Building Contest/Face Painting - Fun for ALL kids!!! Join craft time and build with Legos or get your face painted in the spirit of Hanukkah!
5:00PM - 5:30PM - Edible Dreidels - They are great for spinning and playing and even more fun to eat! 
5:30PM - 6:00PM - Hanukkah Storytime  - Listen to  NFTY teens read, Hoppy Hanukkah!
6:00PM - 6:30PM - Fletcher Trio - Enjoy this live performance by Temple Sinai's very own, and very talented Fletcher family.
6:30PM - 6:45PM - Join SAFETY (Temple Sinai Youth Group) to light the 7th candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Gift wrapping donation for Bridge A Life.

Sunday, December 5:

4:00PM - 5:00PM - Hanukkah Bingo/Face Painting - Hang out and play BINGO while your kiddos get their faces painted! PRIZES for winners! 
5:00PM - 5:30PM - Cookie Time - Get your very own Hanukkah cookie to take home and enjoy! 
5:30PM - 6:00PM Hanukkah Storytime  - Listen to Illene Dyrda read, Esther's Hanukkah Disaster.
6:00PM - 6:30PMTemple Sinai's Chazzan Abramson - Come and enjoy Hanukkah music performed by Chazzan Abramson.
6:30PM - 6:45PM - Join Temple Sinai to light the 8th and final candle.

MITZVAH PROJECT:  Make a card for an Israeli Defense Force soldier. 

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyar 5782