Holiday Craft & Gift Fair Celebrates 15 Years

The 15th Annual JCC Holiday Craft and Gift Fair takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The show will feature more than 50 vendors, a day full of fun family activities, and will culminate with a Community menorah lighting at 3 p.m.

The JCC Holiday Craft and Gift Fair is the largest in Greater New Haven, showcasing primarily local crafters, artists and vendors. Attendees will see a wide range of artistic creations at the event, which offers free admission and plenty of free parking. In response to shoppers requesting more Judaica vendors, Goldie and Moshe Monzon, with their impressive variety of Israeli art, jewelry and tapestries, booked the JCC as a stop on their U.S. tour. Their items will remain on display on Monday, Dec. 3, in the JCC lobby, with a percentage of their sales donated to the Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Shoppers can visit the Women’s Philanthropy “Wrapping Room” to have their purchases beautifully wrapped and learn about upcoming Jewish Federation programs. The Holiday Craft and Gift Fair has also evolved into an annual Open House for the JCC to showcase their programs for the community.

On Sunday Dec. 2, young families can enjoy a PJ Library program and meet author Amalia Hoffman while she reads her book “Dreidel Day” at 10:30 a.m. The JCC MakerSpace will host a menorah-making project; Fitness and Wellness tours and demos will be available, as well as mini-massages from the Spa at the J. All are welcome in the afternoon to try the new Rothberg Family Climbing Wall and enjoy a free swim in the Marcia and Stanley F. Reiter Swimming Pool. JCC Day Camps will offer an exclusive discount to camp families who visit their booth. The Membership Department will conduct tours, hand out give-aways and offer membership specials. Ezra Academy students will offer free face painting.

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