Jews have taken hundreds of years to welcome fatty foods (have welcomed fatty foods for hundreds of years??) into their Yiddish Hanukkah celebrations. So brace yourself for plates of potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts as Cleveland's Jewish community marks the Miracle of the Oil this afternoon with songs, storytelling, and lots of grub. And you don't need to be Jewish to dig in. Revelers can also make menorah candles, expand their Yiddish vocabulary beyond "Oy vey!" and spin dreidels to win chocolate coins — or gelt. "There is a bit of a rebirth these days as people become more interested in the traditions of their ancestors," says Mark Davidson, the Maltz Museum's manager of school and family programs. "We want to do our part to keep Yiddish alive." The party starts at 1 p.m. today at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood. Admission is $7 ($5 for kids older than four). Call 216-593-0575.
Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m., 2007