While your mother was of definitive gentile stock (née Coventry LeBlanc), your father, Joel Schwartz, was one of the chosen people. Growing up, you got all the perks of the holiday season, from the Christmas tree to the latkes. It’s been a goyish past few days, so tonight you’re going to celebrate your Hebrew heritage with a twofer affair at the 92Y because this evening is both Hanukkah and Shabbat! After lighting the fourth organic beeswax candle on the sterling Tiffany menorah, you’ll spin the dreidel, win some gelt (they play with real gold on the UES), drink a few glasses of Manischewitz and break bread with your halakhic brethren. Shabbat shalom!
Hanukkah Dinner, 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Tickets, from $30, available at http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=75107.