Religion News: Family-friendly events celebrate the holidays

Nativity comes to life 

Grace Community Church will hold its inaugural live Nativity on Dec. 14 and 15 on the church lawn. Live animals, Christmas story readings, music, kids’ crafts, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies are also planned. The church bulletin says the invitation is the same as it’s always been: “Come, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” 

Take an hour or two to slow down and attend a family-friendly event that’s both fun and meaningful. You may even find a little peace.

Live Nativity — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, Grace Community Church, 600 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Info: 395-2811;

Chanukah Under the Stars

Don’t forget about Chanukah Under the Stars from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. The event returns after a hiatus to celebrate the Festival of Lights under the stars. The children’s area will have bounce houses, face painting, crafts and storytelling. A special Chanukah Tot Shabbat and songfest will follow.

From 5 to 7 p.m., visitors can sample the variety of traditional latkes and other food available.

The Chanukah Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m., led by Temple Beth El Rabbi Daniel Levin, Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman, Rabbi Greg Weisman, cantor Lori Shapiro and cantorial soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen.

Admission is free. or 391-8900

Limmud Day comes to Boca

More than 600 people are expected to come to Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton for Limmud, a day of learning, on Dec. 9.

Limmud is all-inclusive and unaffiliated with any particular branch of Judaism. It’s an opportunity to broaden the mind and learn more about Jewish culture and identity in a positive setting designed for shared learning.

There are 120 classes offered in 10 categories. Each class lasts an hour and a full day includes seven classes meeting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics range from history to music to meditation and health to Torah and Talmud studies.

Classes are taught by local Jewish educators, rabbis, performers and lay people and are suitable for beginners and scholars.

A reception, grand menorah lighting and concert will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. A vendor shopping area, or shuk, is also planned.

There’s a $54 registration fee ($36 for students) that includes a kosher lunch and snacks, parking, the reception and admission to the concert.

Register at For up-to-date info, check the Facebook page at LimmudBoca.

— Janis Fontaine

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