Hanukkah Celebrations in New Orleans

 A menorah lights up a French Quarter balcony. (Photo via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski)

A menorah lights up a French Quarter balcony. (Photo via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski)

This week marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and the small but active Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is celebrating in true New Orleans fashion with food, music and fellowship.

It would not be a Hanukkah celebration without latkes! Latkes, for the record, are Jewish potato pancakes and are traditionally cooked on Hanukkah, along with other fried foods, to commemorate the miracle of the menorah oil in the Jewish Temple

Named one of Washington Post's Most Amazing Hanukkah Parties, Latkes With a Twist is a community-wide Hanukkah party which takes place on Thursday, December 14, 2017. The event will be held at The Little Gem Saloon located at 445 S. Rampart Street (corner of Poydras) from 7:00-10:00 pm and Chefs Mike Freidman and Greg Augarten, co-owners of Pizza Delicious will be creating amazing latkes and more throughout the night. Enjoy live music by The Marc Stone 3, a silent auction and complimentary “Vodka Latke Punch” all night long. . Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased here!

Speaking of good lakes, Marjie's Grill on Broad Street is celebrating Hanukkah with 8 Nights of Latkes. Every night of Hanukkah will feature a new and exciting latke preparation in honor of the holiday season. The menorah will be lit at sun down each evening and there will be drink specials while the candles are lit. Learn more here.

Shaya  also serves a Hanukkah menu featuring Israeli cuisine. The four-course menu, served family style, runs from 4 p.m. until close (10 p.m. or 11 p.m. depending on the night) and includes dishes like crispy potato latkes with salmon caviar and veal brisket schnitzel with Persian cherries.

There will be plenty of parties and gatherings around town. Including the Chabad Jewish Center of Metairie's Community Celebration. The event on December 15 at the Chabad Center begins at 4:30 p.m. with a menorah and Shabbat Candle lighting. A Shabbat service follows at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. There will be special programming for kids during the service, a sufganiyah bar, and latkes. Visit the center’s website for more information.

Head Uptown on St. Charles to celebrate the 6th night of Chanukah at the Jewish Community Center! On Sunday, December 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., you can light the Menorah, nosh on fried chicken and latkes, and enjoy a live concert by folk duo, Eric & Happie. Sponsored by Cathy and Morris Bart, this event is free and open to the community.

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