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It is rare that an event accomplishes two goals at once. The Jewish Family Network helped my family do just that. Last Saturday night, my family headed out to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton for a Hanukkah celebration. I am a Jewish professional and my husband is a scientist and our priorities sometimes clash, but last Saturday night they melded beautifully.

Our evening opened with Havadalah and ended with Hanukkah songs and sufganot with Cantor Gaston My 21 month old son was so mesmerized he sat in a chair for 25 minutes clapping along to Hanukkah songs. In between, we spent time in this amazing space where we explored interactive and age-appropriate exhibits focused on scientific inquiry. We also had an opportunity to create our own dreidel.

We liked the way the evening integrated our cultural and scientific exploration and the way it worked for our child and both of his parents.

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  • Mashala! Great to hear that this program was a success for your family. This is the age, btw, to imbue members of the rubber-pants set with a love of Jewish traditions during the holidays, like tasty sufganiot, placing the candles on the menorot, singing songs, draydels, lighting the candles and enjoying the lights, and…did I mention sufganiot?

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