Hanukkah to be celebrated with Vacaville, Fairfield events

By From page A4 | December 06, 2012

VACAVILLE — Solano County’s Jewish community is inviting the public to two thoroughly modern celebrations of a 2,000-year-old miracle.

This year’s Menorah on Main will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Vacaville’s Town Square at Main and Merchant streets with the lighting of a 12-foot-high steel menorah.

The event will also have Berkeley’s popular Jeremy the Fire Juggler, live music to set the celebratory mood, hot potato latkes, doughnuts and all the fixings.

A Jelly Belly Hanukkah will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Jelly Belly factory’s visitor center at 1 Jelly Belly Lane. More than 1,000 people are expected at what is believed to be the Northern California’s largest Hanukkah celebration.

It will feature an 8-foot-tall, transparent, jelly bean-filled menorah, a New York-style kosher deli and Judaica store, kosher wine and jelly bean pairings along with olive oil tastings for adults and face painting, edible crafts and other activities for children. The event also features a show with Sterling Johnson, the Bubblesmith. Mr. Jelly Belly will make an appearance as Judah the Macabee. Free factory tours will be offered.

A major highlight of the program will be a performance by South African Jewish pop star Choni G, who was crowned winner at the International “Jewish Star” Singing competition in New York in March.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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