Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? - A Tayalim / Hakafa Event!
For almost a century, there has been a Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Do you know why that is? Come find out!
Join us for the latest Hakafa Tayalim* outing! We'll be taking a walking tour of Chinatown, doing activities to learn about the connections between Jewish and Chinese communities, and, of course, eating tasty Chinese food! We'll also be collecting food for the Chinatown food pantry - to give back to a community that has fed us for so long!
Sunday, December 26
We will meet at the Chinatown Gateway
2206 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
This program is an outdoors walking tour - please dress for the weather! We will be outside for about 2 hours, including eating outside. Please be sure to wear warm hats, boots, gloves, etc. We will send out an update if the event needs to be cancelled due to severe weather, such as extreme cold or heavy snow.
The program is free. Tasty Chinese food snacks will be provided!
There will be an opportunity to purchase additional food to take home, for those who wish.
Please bring nonperishable food items to donate. We will be collecting the food and donating it to the Chinatown food pantry and meal program, operated by the Chinese American Service League.
This program is aimed at children in grades K-5 and their caregivers, but everyone is welcome!
COVID Safety: Masks are required for all attendees age 2 and over, regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing is expected.
*Tayalim, Hebrew for trekkers, is Hakafa’s new, outdoor, experiential program for member and non-member families with children primarily in grades K-5. It is designed to introduce families to the relationship between Judaism, Torah, and nature in unique and fun ways.
HAKAFA means "encirclement." We are a congregation of people who choose to have no building, no board of directors, and no fund-raising. Our CIRCLE has been growing for nearly 40 years. But as we grow, our intimate, caring, and welcoming atmosphere remains.
If you have any questions, please contact Hakafa member, Rae Goodman-Lucker (
Please fill out this RSVP form, so that we know how many people to plan for, and so we can send you any updates, including weather cancellations.
Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested, and encourage them to sign up as well!
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