Chanukah Festival and Book Fair in Ithaca on Dec. 10

On Sunday, December 10, from 9 am-3 pm, Temple Beth-El, Ithaca, will hold its annual Chanukah Festival and Jewish Book Fair in anticipation of the holiday, which will begin this year on the evening of Tuesday, December 12. The temple is located at the corner of Court and Tioga streets in downtown Ithaca. 
“Drop in and you’ll find a lively indoor market where the scents of holidays foods mingle with the melodies of a special holiday concert and the beauty of handmade gifts for sale,” said organizers of the event. The main attractions are a day-long holiday crafts fair and Jewish book fair.
Gifts for sale are all by local artists and include jewelry, textiles, ceramics, air plants, honey and other apiary products. “Tom Roach will be present, selling his much acclaimed pottery,” organizers said. “Laurie Ament and Nancy Crane are also returning artist participants. Naama and Gil Menda return with their delicious honey.”
At 12:30 pm, Max Buckholtz and friends will provide a Chanukah concert for all ages. Woven into the concert will be the telling of a holiday story. From 1:30-3 pm, families and young people can enjoy craft activities. “Make a gift to take home for a loved one!” organizers said.
The book fair will offer many different types of books, seeking to appeal to varied Jewish interests. Volunteers from the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El selected the books and worked with Buffalo Street Books to provide access to volumes rarely found in local bookstores. Genres covered include fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and books for grade school, middle and young adult readers. 
The event is free, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. “You are invited to enjoy the festivities, learn about Jewish culture and perhaps find the perfect holiday gift,” organizers said. 
The Annual Chanukah Festival is supported this year by the Temple Beth-El and Congregation Tikkun v’Or. For further information, contact Temple Beth-El at 273-5775 or 257-9924, or visit the synagogue’s website at