Sunday is the first night of Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish Festival of Lights, and the community is invited to several free public menorah lightings. Among the nearby celebrations are:
Chabad Laguna Beach will host family fun at Main Beach leading to the lighting of a menorah made of surfboards. Festivities begin at 2 p.m., and include a ventriloquist, dreidel cookie decorating, latkes and gelt.
Fashion Island and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life will light a menorah and make merry with crafts, a children’s choir and balloon animals. The ceremony also will honor eight Holocaust survivors — one representing each decade since “Kristallnacht,” or the “Night of Broken Glass,” in which Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed nearly 100 Jews in November 1938. Sunday’s event starts at 3:30 p.m. in Fashion Island’s Atrium Garden Court near Dick’s Sporting Goods.