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Latke Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it’s time for latkes. Every year JFS hosts a latke party to celebrate the festival of lights. This is a casual gathering of friends and family in the style of an open house, generally for 2-3 hours on a weekend afternoon during the Hanukkah holiday season. Latkes, brisket, and doughnuts are traditionally served

Join us for an evening of lights, laughter, libations, and delicious homemade latkes.

Honoring these outstanding community leaders:  Marion Bernstein, Jeff Goldblatt, and Michael & Susan Rosenberg

Sunday, December 17, 2017
4:00 to 7:00 pm

Adults 13 and over  $36.00

Children 12 and under $18.00

The Shalom Room at St Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church, 1602 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78232

Please make your reservation by Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Proceeds from this event enable JFS to continue serving clients individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs.

2017 Latke Party Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support! Their contribution enables JFS to continue to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio, through social, psychological, health and educational programs.

Home Elevator of Texas


Why do you eat Latkes on Hanukkah?

courtesy of Hannukkah Fun—Barbara J. Feldman, Publisher  

A great question, why do you eat Latkes on Hanukkah? For the most part, deep-fried foods are frowned upon. They are bad for your heart, make you gain weight and are dangerous to cook if using an open fryer.

Latkes, on the other hand, are a popular food that Jewish people eat during Hanukkah celebrations. So I guess the next important question is what are Latkes? Latkes are similar to pancakes and are deep-fried. Unlike many Jewish holidays, the celebration of Hanukkah is all about eating, and there are no limitations as to what one can and can not eat. Fasting of any nature is unacceptable during Hanukkah.

As most people are aware, Hanukkah is the festival of lights. It is a celebration of the freedom of the Jewish people from the Greek rule so many centuries ago. The cooking of food during this time is rich in oil. Many of the meals, treats, and desserts are deep fried.

The deep frying in oil represents the miracle of the Menorah. If you are unaware of the history, here is a quick breakdown. A Menorah is a type of candelabra when the Jewish fighters beat back the Greek for their beliefs they came across a Menorah in a Temple. The problem they had was they only had enough oil for one night. Miraculously when the Menorah was lit, it stayed lit for eight straight days. A miracle sent from above many felt, and still do to this day. It is for this reason that Jewish people when celebrating Hanukkah deep fry much of their foods in oil.

Latkes are like a pancake, with various additional toppings. Some will use cherries, apples, sugar and spice, cinnamon etc. Many families over the years have come up with creative latke recipes. Potatoes being a very popular choice, as well as carrots, zucchini, and other various vegetables. Once the latkes are all finished up you can start in on dessert in the form of donuts, which also are deep-fried. Plain, or powdered with white icing, or cinnamon: a lot of people choose to add fruit filling to them as well.

This article no doubt made you hungry for some deep-fried foods. If you do a little research you can find excellent recipes on the internet. As you can see, the oil is the most important aspect about why you eat latkes during Hanukkah.

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