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By the seventh night of Hanukkah, you might tire of spinning dreidels and eating latkes and chocolate gelt. So put the carbo-loading and gambling on hold and embrace that other Hanukkah tradition: storytelling. SpeakeasyDC returns to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue for the fifth iteration of “My So-Called Jewish Life,” in which seven area residents share tales of the Chosen People. Some speakers will make you laugh (like comedians Sara Armour and Matty Litwack, who’ll discuss a Jewish ski vacation and an Orthodox virgin’s first kiss). Others, like NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby’s (shown, left) account of a Syrian woman’s family secret, could cause you to become a little verklempt. Novice storyteller PJ Andrews discusses how he came to accept Judaism as part of his mixed heritage. If you’re looking for true tales of Jewish guilt and triumph, you can’t do better than a night at the city’s indie-rockingest house of prayer. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.