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This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Nov. 28 and lasts until sundown on Monday, Dec. 6. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. Here are eight ways to celebrate.

SLAB is offering a Hanukkah package from November 28 through December 6 for $195, which feeds four people:

  • 1/2 Brisket 
  • Latkes
  • Mixed Green Salad 
  • Matzo Ball Soup 
  • Roasted Green Beans 

Pre-order 24 hours in advance on: exploretock.com/slabbarbecue/

Sant’olina, the Mediterranean mecca in Beverly Hills, has a generous Hanukkah pick-up menu at $240 that serves four during the eight days of the festival: 

  • Za’atar laffa bread with hummus, babaganoush and beet muhammara
  • Potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream
  • Matzo ball soup
  • Bitter green salad with winter citrus, walnuts in a mustard sherry vinaigrette
  • Noodle kugel with leeks and mushrooms
  • Roast Brisket with onions, potatoes, and carrots or
  • Salmon with cucumbers, dill and lemon 
  • Chocolate babka with whipped cream and berries and assorted cookies

Pre-order 24 hours in advance here: www.santolinabh.com/hanukkah. Sant’olina is located on the rooftop at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Primo’s Star of David donuts (Erica M. Allen)

As the days of Hanukkah are on the heels of Thanksgiving, Primo’s Donuts is once again offering their Hanukkah donuts which include traditional sufganiyot and mini jelly-filled versions as well as Star of David fritters. They can accommodate orders of any size and welcome orders from synagogues and schools and are available starting November 26 through December 6. 

Wise Sons holiday catering menu is putting an elevated take on classics, like braided challah, chicken broth and matzo balls, potato latkes with additional latke bar sides, roast chicken as well as cinnamon or chocolate babka loaf and assorted rugelach. The Hanukkah catering menu is available for delivery or pickup through online ordering and will be available from November 27 through December 6. Orders must be placed by 9 a.m. two days prior to delivery.

The holiday begins a little earlier this year and Dylan’s Candy Bar has a new Hanukkah collection that is entirely kosher. The Festival of Lights Tackle Box is a mix of every candy food group in a color-coordinated tackle with kosher treats like chocolate-covered pretzels, fruit jellies, blue sour drops and more. Open something sweet on every night of Hanukkah with the Eight Nights of Hanukkah gift set of sweet treats and games including a dreidel game, Hanukkah stickers, milk chocolate gelt, chocolate covered pretzels, a Whirly Pop and other surprises.

Birdie G’s Hanukkah takeout and delivery menu will be available November 28 – December 5. The team is offering a heat-and-serve, à la carte menu featuring their carrot miso-laced matzo ball soup, savory noodle kugel, sauerkraut latkes with crème fraiche and apple sauce, corned whole plate brandt beef short rib with smoked tomato gravy. Order online through Tock or call 310-310-3616 starting at 2 p.m. 

Huckleberry’s Hanukkah takeout and delivery menu available November 28 through December 5 offers a heat-and-serve menu that features classics like Creekstone Farms onion braised beef brisket, slow-roasted Scottish salmon, organic potato pancakes with organic sour cream and housemade apple sauce, matzo ball soup, organic double apple noodle kugel and dreidel cookie decorating kits. Full menu and details here

Orders for November 28 must be placed by November 23 at 3 p.m. All other order deadlines are 72 hours prior to the desired day. Order online through Tock, call 310-451-2311 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or email catering@huckleberrycafe.com.

Hanukkah dinner (Courtesy Wise Sons)

2ND & PCH in Long Beach will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Shul by the Shore Grand Chanukah Extravaganza on Sunday, November 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to commemorate the first night of Chanukah. The celebration is free and open to all. The lighting of the menorah will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the 2ND & PCH grand staircase led by Rabbi Abba Perelmuter. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will speak immediately following the lighting, joined by other community leaders. Entertainment will include a live three-piece band, a stilt walker and crafts for children. Pre-packaged doughnuts and latkes as well as chocolate gelt will be served at no charge.

Looking for one extravagant and non-traditional gift that will last more than eight days? GRAV, the company known for its high-quality, design-forward glass smoking pieces is offering a GRAV Menorah ($399.99) that will really spin your dreidel. Hanukkah’s about the miracle of oil lasting for eight nights, but will you last for all eight bowls? There’s only one way to find out. 

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Elevated Menorah (Courtesy GRAV)

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