Kids and adults can celebrate, learn about Chanukah Dec. 10 in Northbrook

The Northbrook Park District and Congregation Beth Shalom recently announced their collaboration in offering a Chanukah-themed event to celebrate together this holiday season.

"Sing, Spin and Shine" takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. in Northbrook, and will be led jointly by staff from the park district and the congregation in the communal spirit of the holidays.

"We are looking forward to welcoming all attendees, whether they celebrate Chanukah every year, or want to learn about and enjoy this festival for the first time," said Erin Sweet, the park district's superintendent of arts and recreation. "Creating this new joyful, Chanukah-themed event through collaborating with Congregation Beth Shalom allows us the unique opportunity to broaden our holiday offerings with, and for, our community."

Congregation Beth Shalom is thrilled to join with the Northbrook Park District to offer this Chanukah celebration for the whole community, said Rabbi David Chapman, one of the congregation's three full-time clergy members.

"Chanukah is all about adding more light to the world. That is exactly what we hope to do by building this partnership between our congregation and the broader community," Chapman said.

The lineup of activities will include:

• Songs and stories led by staff and members of Congregation Beth Shalom

• Cookie decorating

• Dreidel games

• Crafts

• Chanukah card-making

• Make your own Chanukiyah (Menorah)

The event is suitable for children ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by adults; registration is per adult-child pair at $15 for residents and $19 for nonresidents; additional person registration is available at $9 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. To register, visit

Established in 1927, the mission of the Northbrook Park District is to enhance the community by providing outstanding services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship.

Congregation Beth Shalom is the spiritual home to more than 1,000 families, and offers egalitarian Shabbat, holiday, and daily morning and evening services open to the community every day of the year. Beth Shalom has a thriving religious school for kindergarten through high school, youth programming for all ages, and a full array of classes and programs for lifelong Jewish learning.

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