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Hanukkah, Chanukah: however you spell it, it’s soon!

The LeeVees debate the Hanukkah conundrum: “Applesauce or sour cream?”

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sunset Wednesday, Dec. 1. Get ready, Chicago!

  • Laura Frankel

    Laura Frankel

    Learn some new latke recipes with Chef Laura Frankel at “Latke-Palooza” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the South Loop. Executive chef of kosher catering at Spertus, Frankel (ex-Shallots Bistro and author of “Jewish Cooking for All Seasonsand “Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes”) offers a family-friendly cooking class presenting eight different recipes for the quintessential Hanukkah food, using ingredients such as carrots, zucchini, spinach and parsnips. Pupils will sample her creations and learn which oils to use, how to simplify preparation and how to store and serve the finished pancakes. The class is $18 and includes take-home recipes.

  • Are latkes or hamentashen the greatest Jewish food? For the 64th year, University of Chicago scholars will consider this important question during the annual Latke-Hamantash Debate sponsored by Hillel at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mandel Hall in Hyde Park. This year’s debaters will be Heidi Coleman, Aaron Dinner, Paul Sally and John Henning Schumann. Admission to the debate is free. Tickets to a tasting reception are $5.