The Light Stuff

Every year, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale’s annual Festival of Lights illuminates the traditions of Hanukkah for people of all faiths. This year’s celebration lands on the third night of the holiday, and the BYO menorah party’s repertoire of both conventional and modern hymns will range from a doo-wop version of “I Have a Little Dreidel” to Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Light One Candle” to “Rock of Ages” — or “Ma’oz Tzur” in Hebrew.

“It’s a holiday that we are hoping to shine the light upon and open the door to people who may not have been familiar with it or think it is the Jewish Christmas — which it isn’t,” says chorale founder Carol Kozak Ward. The celebration centers around the lighting of menorahs, and this year the group has teamed up with Stories on Stage to add kid-friendly, interactive tales of Hanukkah.

The Festival of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome; light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit
Thu., Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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