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Hanukkah celebrations continue tonight, tomorrow as holiday observances end

Original post made on Dec 18, 2009

In celebration of the closing days of Hanukkah, Chabad of the Tri-Valley will host an outdoor ice skating event from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Pleasanton rink in the library parking lot, followed tomorrow night by a community dinner hosted by Congregation Beth Emek, located at 3400 Nevada Ct.

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Posted by not an extremist
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

Happy Hannukkah! I am not Jewish, but do have appreciaton for this religion and many good friends who are Jewish. I am completely in favor of all Americans celebrating those traditions near and dear to our hearts, especially when all are welcome to be included.

After reading this article, I can not help but wonder however....why the Christmas parade had to be renamed "holiday parade", as to not offend others.

Can we not all appreciate one anothers beliefs and cultures and just call them what they really are? I believe we can. Christian and Jewish cultures go back to the founding fathers of our great nation. Let us not lose that.

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Posted by My 2/100
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Dec 18, 2009 at 2:32 am

Because it WAS a holiday parade?

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Posted by cw
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

So Chabad has reserved a public ice rink for its members from 6 to 8 pm? I was unaware that the rink could be reserved for exclusive groups at all, much less during a busy holiday week.

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Posted by Paulette
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Happy Chanukah to my Jewish friends! To the ice rink person, I think different groups have been reserving it. I go to the library often; and, I've heard music from different lands being played a couple of times. I heard Mexican music one day and another day, it sounded Middle Eastern. So, I assumed that certain groups were renting it and playing the music of their choice. I see no harm in that.

I don't know why some Christians have been so touchy about people calling this season the holiday season. So what? If it makes people who celebrate other holidays feel more comfortable, then why not? I think the reason for the season has more to do with brotherhood, community, and tolerance, than nitpicking over semantics. Isn't it more Christian of the Christians to recognize that there are other holidays going on other than their own. We should be using this comment area to celebrate our Jewish community, it seems. I love my Jewish friends; and, I'm happy to see they are having a celebration and an event at the ice rink. Abi gezunt!

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