Menorah lighting, holiday concerts and libraries

PFC 2017 1 by Brian Wick
PFC 2017 1 by Brian Wick

THE PATRIOT LEDGER – Menorah lighting at South Shore Plaza

BRAINTREE – The Shaloh House Chabad will celebrate the start of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at South Shore Plaza, 250 Granite St., Braintree. The lighting will take place on the lower level of the mall near the Apple store. 

Starting at sundown Sunday, Nov. 28, and continuing through Dec. 6, Jewish families will celebrate Hanukkah with a variety of traditions. Hanukkah is the celebration of Maccabean Jews’ restoration of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century B.C.E. Tradition says the Maccabees had lamp oil for only one night, but the Temple’s menorah lamps stayed lit for all eight nights of the ceremonial rededication.

Sunday’s event will include live music, crafts for children and traditional gelt. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit

Jen Mergel

Quincy resident has new role at Emerald Necklace Conservancy

QUINCY – Jen Mergel, of Quincy, has been appointed as the new director of experience and cultural partnerships at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston.  Mergel has worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover. 

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to steward and champion the Emerald Necklace, the 6-mile park system that winds from Boston’s Back Bay Fens to Franklin Park in Dorchester. The group protects, restores, maintains and promotes seven distinct parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that comprise 1,100 acres of land.

Virtual healthy living seminar

QUINCY – Prepare for flu season with a virtual session on staying healthy through the winter from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, via the Zoom meeting platform. The Thomas Crane Public Library is hosting the session, which will explore strategies to strengthen your immune system and information on herbal teas. For more information, visit

Yoga at the library

The Thomas Crane Library in Quincy.

PEMBROKE – Instructors from YogaConnection of Plymouth will lead yoga classes beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Pembroke Public Library, 142 Center St. Single classes are $12, and four-class registration is $45. For more information, visit

Library late nights

QUINCY – The Thomas Crane Public Library will be open for an adults-only night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.  A cash bar will be available, and the free event will feature a murder-mystery scavenger hunt. The library is at 40 Washington St., Quincy. For more information, visit

The Weymouth-based Southeastern Philharmonic will present its annual Holiday Extravaganza concert that includes Christmas and Hanukkah tunes at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

A pair of holiday concerts

WEYMOUTH – The Southeastern Philharmonic will present two Christmas concerts this season: Dec. 4 at the East Weymouth Congregational Church, 1320 Commercial St.; and Dec. 5 at Whitman Town Hall, 54 Whitman Ave.

Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance at A $10 suggested donation will be welcome at the door. 

Choral Christmas performances

Pilgrim Festival Chorus, a nonprofit community chorus based on the South Shore, will present two holiday performances this season. The first, “Remembering Christmas Past,” explores five centuries of seasonal music. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. Adult tickets are $20. 

Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert at St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth.
Pilgrim Festival Chorus, image by Brian Wick

For its second holiday production, co-Artistic Director William B. Richter leads the chorus in carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah” in the annual performance “Messiah and Carol Singalong.” The show is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Church at the Green, 6 Plympton St., Middleboro. Adult tickets are $10;

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