Getting in the spirit

Folsom embraces the true spirit of freedom and the holiday season (community and freedom) with the 7th Annual Chanukah Wonderland. Taking place this year at the Folsom Community Center on Natoma Street, the community is invited to share in the Chanukah celebration that will serve as a preparation to the actual holiday.

Chanukah Wonderland, sponsored by Chabad Jewish Community Center, commemorates the first battle won for religious freedom. As part of the Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Community Center joins thousands of Chabad Centers across the globe that stage similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City's Ground Zero to the White House Lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

The festival will include games for all ages, music, delicious hot latkes, authentic Israeli food court, Chanukah gift shop, and lot’s of Chanukah themed crafts and games. In addition, visitors can learn about this remarkable holiday and participate in a unique live Chanukah Game Show. The admission is free, with game and craft passes being offered for as little as $8.

This year’s program has been enhanced to include Chanukah themed games and many more crafts. In addition participants will be treated to a bubble show and a fire juggling act.

This event is everything Chanukah but there will be no Menorah lighting at this Chanukah event because it is taking place before the holiday. “Our hope is that participants will be inspired to light the Menorah in their own home come the first night of the holiday,” said Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, executive director of the Chabad Jewish Community Center. “Every extra point of light dispels a little more darkness and helps make this world a better place.”

A complete schedule of the afternoon can be found on www.jewishfolsom.org/chanukahwonderland or on www.facebook.com/chanukahwonderland.