So much funnaka to celebrate Chanukah

Happy Chanukah, Vancouver! Since it is now past sundown, it’s official: today is the first day of the holiday when Jewish people around the world celebrate the festival of lights.

To most people in the Lower Mainland, Chanukah is known as the December holiday that isn’t Christmas. Some, like me, will have fond memories of Adam Sandler singing on SNL about the holiday (lyrics here). Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest Jewish community (about 25,000 strong), so there’s a good chance that if you aren’t Jewish, you know someone you knows someone who knows how to spin a dreidel.

So have a great time this holiday season, y’all.

As Sandler put it so eloquently (though I must disagree with the exact wording of it, since I do not partake of such substances, even if the sentiment is well-meaning…)
So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and smoke your marijuan-ikah,
If you really, really wanna-kah,
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah

2 Comments so far

  1. feygele (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

    As a MOT (member of the tribe), and one who studies Canadian Judaism, I’m wondering were you got your number from? Vancouver is usually estimated as having 12,000 to 20,000, depending on how “Vancouver” is defined (Vancouver v. Lower Mainland v. (everything below Hope). The result is that we’re not usually seen as the 3rd largest population – Winnipeg is generally considered to have more Jews than us.

    Chappy Chanukah!

  2. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

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