Eight nights and years
San Antonio's Pearl District lights the menorah in 8th annual Chanukah celebration
Chanukah is underway in San Antonio, and it’s time for one of the city’s favorite Jewish traditions.
This is an auspicious year for Chanukah at Pearl, now in its eighth year. The community celebration, taking place Wednesday, , on December 21, includes the best parts of celebrating at home — kosher foods, traditional music, and more specifically Texan traditions — on a larger, citywide scale.
The festivities will be led by Rabbi Eli Block, a San Antonio native who left the country to study and returned to work in service of the city’s post-college Jews. His organization, Young & Jewish San Antonio (YJSA), partners with musician Yaakov Chesed and chef Jason Goldblum on this event, which will also include remarks from San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Rabbi Block will join the mayor in speaking.
Along with traditional Jewish comfort foods like matzah ball soup, this Texas celebration also includes churros and tamales. The rabbi will light the giant menorah on display at the Pearl throughout Chanukah, and celebrants are invited to dance the night away — until 8 pm.
YJSA puts on a variety of other events throughout the year, from the more traditional to creative and casual, like a recent women-only oil infusion workshop. It hosts regular Shabbat dinners and other holiday events with a modern flare often including live music and cocktails, for Jews in their 20s and 30s.
The 8th annual Chanukah at Pearl begins at 6 pm on December 21 at 312 Pearl Parkway, near Boiler House. The event is free and open to the public.