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Your Online Guide to Hanukkah Celebrations and Events

Hanukkah this year begins at sundown on Sunday, November 28 and ends at nightfall on Monday, December 6.

Hanukkah Sameach! Hanukkah is Chag Urim, the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Jewish temple. As the story tells us, olive oil was needed to light the menorah, but there was only enough oil to last for one day. Yet a great miracle occurred and the oil lasted for eight days. Celebrating Hanukkah was uniquely challenging in 2020, but as  a community we improvised, collaborated, and found new ways to celebrate the ancient festival. We will do so again in 2021. 

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To add a listing for your congregation or organization, please contact Jim DiPeso at jimd@jewishinseattle.org

 

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Bet Shira Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath
Chabad Chabad of the Central Cascades Chabad of Burien and Federal Way 
Chabad of Downtown Seattle & Chabad Young Professionals Seattle Chabad Jewish Center of Renton Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County
Chabad of Kirkland Chabad of Mercer Island Chabad of North Seattle
Chabad of NW Seattle  Chabad of Olympia Chabad of Pierce County Center for Jewish Life
Chabad of Shoreline Chabad at University of Washington Chai Lifeline
Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Shalom Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
Congregation Tikvah Chadashah
Eastside Torah Center Endless Opportunities 
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation Hillel at UW / Jconnect Seattle Island Synagogue
Jewish Family Service Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Jewish Together
Kavana Cooperative Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life Kol HaNeshamah
Minyan Ohr Chadash Moishe House Seattle  

PJ Library®

Rohr Center for Jewish Life, Chabad of Bellingham & WWU Seattle Jewish Chorale 
Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound Shalom Ensemble Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation
Stroum Jewish Community Center Temple Beth El Temple Beth Hatfiloh
Temple Beth Or Temple B’nai Torah The Tribe at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

 

Joint Distribution Committee

 

AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE

A Great Miracle Happened Here – Eight Nights of Chanukah Celebration, Culture, and Community: November 28-December 5, 4 pm each day (except December 2-3, at 12 pm), on Facebook. Celebrate with Jewish communities in New York, Morocco, Ukraine, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Poland, and Latin America. Special guests include award-winning author Dara Horn; Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue; Molly Yeh, star of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm; Hasidic Rapper Nissim Black; and Ariel Zwang, CEO of the Joint Distribution Committee.

 

Bet Shira

 

BET SHIRA

Chanukah Party: December 5, 3 pm – 9 pm.

 

BCMH

 

BIKUR CHOLIM MACHZIKAY HADATH

BCMH Chanukah Dinner: December 5, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at BCMH, 5145 S. Morgan St., Seattle. Registration required.

 

Chabad

 

CHABAD

Celebrate Chanukah: Hanukkah basics, how to celebrate at home, the Hanukkah story, videos and songs, recipes, Hanukkah for kids.

Hanukkah During COVID: Resources for celebrating the Festival of Lights at home.

 

Chabad of Burien and Federal Way

 

CHABAD OF BURIEN AND FEDERAL WAY

Get a Menorah: Order your menorah kit! Thanks to generous donors, we are able to provide complimentary Chanuka needs to every Jewish person in the area. Find out more.

 

Chabad of the Central Cascades

 

CHABAD OF THE CENTRAL CASCADES

Chanukah on Ice: November 28, 4 pm, at Sno-King Ice Arena, 35300 SE Douglas St., Snoqualmie. Skate with Jewish music, grand ice menorah lighting, latkes and doughnuts, chocolate gelt, fun arts and crafts, dreidel games.

Outdoor Menorah Lightings: Latkes, doughnuts, gelt, music, and arts and crafts.
November 30, 5 pm, in downtown Issaquah at Front Street and Dogwood.
December 5, 5 pm, at Grand Ridge Plaza, 1451 Highlands Drive NE, Issaquah. 

Yachdav Chanukah Party: December 1, 6 pm, at Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah. Let’s glow crazy and light up the world! It’s a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with glowing cupcake decorating and a glowing dreidel spinoff.

 

Chabad of Downtown Seattle & Chabad Young Professionals Seattle

 

CHABAD OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE & CHABAD YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SEATTLE

Fire & Ice Chanukah Soiree: November 30, 8 pm – 11 pm, at Premiere on Pine, 1525 9th Ave., Seattle. Celebrate Chanukah with fellow young professionals at one of the hottest party venues in Seattle, the 40th floor rooftop lounge on the top of the luxury building Premiere on Pine. Liquid nitrogen ice cream bar with exquisite flavors, top shelf open bar, gourmet latke bar, doughnut wall of fame, menorah lighting ceremony, panoramic views of Seattle, and live music. Cocktail attire.

 

Chabad Jewish Center of Renton

 

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF RENTON

Chanukah on Ice: December 5, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, at the Sno-King Ice Arena, 12620 164th Ave. SE, Renton. Attention Renton, Kent, and Auburn. This is where the party is this Chanukah! Giant ice menorah sculpting and lighting. Skating at Sno-King Ice Arena. Chanukah treats and swag. 

 

Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County

 

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Chanukah Celebration – Annual Giant Menorah Lighting: November 28, 4 pm, at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Klez Katz Klezmer Band live. Chocolate gelt. Doughnuts. Balloon twisting. Menorah kits. Outdoor lighting. 

 

Chabad of Kirkland

 

CHABAD OF KIRKLAND

Grand Menorah Lighting: November 28, 4:15 pm, at Kirkland Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland, in the pavilion. Featuring giant menorah lighting ceremony, live jazz music, gelt drop, holiday treats, and Chanukah festivities. Free of charge.

Chanukah in a Box: If you or someone you know would like to bring the light of Chanukah into your home, we are proud to present our newest Chanukah option – Chanukah in a Box! This free gift includes a menorah with candles, dreidel, chocolate gelt, holiday guide, holiday recipe, and more. Available for pickup at Chabad of Kirkland, November 26, 12 pm – 2 pm. For more information, email info@chabadkirkland.com or call 425.749.8512.

 

Chabad of Mercer Island

 

CHABAD OF MERCER ISLAND

Chanukah at Mercerdale Park: December 2, 5:15 pm, at Mercerdale Park, 3009 77th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. Fire & Ice – Hand-carved giant menorah. Traditional holiday treats, gifts, and more!

 

Chabad of North Seattle

 

CHABAD OF NORTH SEATTLE

Pre-Chanukah Kids Program: November 21, 1 pm, location upon registration. Join us for a fun-filled pre-Chanukah Sunday Funday with festive, interactive activities. Make your own menorah. Hear the story of Chanukah. Prizes and sweets. Limited space available.

Chanukah at the Kraken: November 28, 4:30 pm, at the Kraken Community Iceplex, at Northgate, 10601 5th Ave. NE, Seattle. Grand menorah lighting. Skate to Chanukah music. Latkes, doughnuts, and more.

 

Chabad of NW Seattle

 

CHABAD OF NW SEATTLE

Chanukah at the Kraken: November 28, 4:30 pm, at the Kraken Community Iceplex, at Northgate, 10601 5th Ave. NE, Seattle. Grand menorah lighting. Skate to Chanukah music. Latkes, doughnuts, and more.

Menorah Lighting in Green Lake: December 1, 5 pm, at Greenlake Plaza, 7900 East Green Lake Drive N, Seattle. Balloon twister, latkes, doughnuts and more, Chanukah music. Free, open to all.

Menorah Lighting & Gelt Drop: December 5, 4:30 pm, at Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle. Join us in honoring and recognizing our heroic Fire Department as they treat us too. Event will include giant menorah lighting, latkas, jelly doughnuts, Chanukah music, raffle for grand prize, a large firetruck for children to tour, and the Great Gelt Drop: Children (and adults!) will have the opportunity to collect as much chocolate gelt as they can as it “rains” down from the firetruck. Free, open to the public.

 

Chabad of Olympia

 

CHABAD OF OLYMPIA

Car Parade Followed by a Drive-In Menorah Lighting: November 28, 4:30 pm, at Swantown Marina Parking, 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia. Enjoy from the comfort of your car or walk up! Pre-packaged doughnuts, LED party glow sticks, music and entertainment for all ages.

Celebrate Chanukah: Chabad of Olympia is providing complimentary Chanuka needs to Jewish people in the greater Olympia area at The Evergreen State College. Find out more.

Chabad of Pierce County Center for Jewish Life

 

CHABAD OF PIERCE COUNTY CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE

Chanukah at Pantages: November 28, 5 pm. It’s Pierce County’s Chanukah Festival featuring The Magic of Craig Martin. Five-star entertainment, latkes and doughnuts, community leaders and dignitaries, crafts and activities for kids, lighting of giant menorah, grand free raffle.

 

Chabad of Shoreline

 

CHABAD OF SHORELINE

Chanuka Wine & Cheese Tasting: November 28, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, address upon RSVP. Fine kosher wine from a variety of regions, gourmet cheeses, live jazz pianist. For adults 21 and over.

Grand Menorah Lighting: December 5, 5:30 pm, at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N, Shoreline. Grand Gelt Drop! – Catch and collect chocolate Chanuka gelt dropped by our Shoreline firefighters. Children’s program, raffle and gifts, traditional Chanuka delights, live klezmer band. Outdoors.

 

Chabad of University of Washington

 

CHABAD AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Chanukah at UW: November 30, 5 pm, on Red Square at the University of Washington: Giant W-shaped ice menorah, remarks by UW President Ana Mari Cauce, live music, Chanukah-themed refreshments.

 

Chai Lifeline

 

CHAI LIFELINE

Chanukah Angels: Chanukah is the magical time of the year when children and families look forward to beautiful traditions and celebrations of the holiday. For children with serious chronic and life-threatening illnesses, however, Chanukah can be a lonely and disappointing experience. Chai Lifeline’s Chanukah Angels are there to help. Chanukah Angels are community members who “adopt” a Chai Lifeline child, a patient or a sibling, and shop for special gifts on their wish list to make Chanukah brighter for these children. For more information, call Chai Lifeline’s West Coast office at 310.274.6331.

 

Congregation Beth Israel

 

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

Fourth Night for Others – A Chanukah Social Action Project: December 1, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Please join the Beth Israel community in observing Fourth Night for Others. Bring to CBI a donation of new socks, sweatpants, shoes, boots, gloves, mini hand lotions, backpacks, sleeping bags, or $10 gift cards that will help clients of Northwest Youth Services. Bring your donation and your chanukiyah and candles so we can kindle the festival lights as a community.

Chanukah Party: December 5, 12 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Congregation Beth Shalom

 

CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM

(All events at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, unless otherwise indicated)

Tikkun O’Latke – Healing the World One Latke at a Time: November 29, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, on Zoom. Join chef and sustainability expert Marci Greenberg for a three-course latke meal shining a light on sustainability, food justice, and deliciousness! This program will be part cook-along and part cooking demonstration, along with candle lighting to celebrate the Second Night of Hanukkah together on Zoom. Please register in advance to be sent the list of ingredients and Zoom link.

Outdoor Hanukkiah Lighting and Songs: November 30, 8 pm – 9 pm, location upon registration. Join us as we light our huge outdoor hanukkiah while enjoying doughnuts and Hanukkah songs led by Hannah Kurland-Cohen on guitar. Please register so we can provide the right number of doughnuts.

Hanukkah Celebration + Concert with Chava Mirel: December 5 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Enjoy a beautiful catered Hanukkah lunch, including homemade latkes, loaded veggie soup, and fresh-baked cookies outdoors. Lunch pricing: $20 per person for ages 12 and up, $10 per child. Lunch will be outdoors at 12:30 pm, followed by an indoor Hanukkah concert with beloved Seattle musician Chava Mirel. The concert will be free and indoors. (Sanctuary/social hall will be under 25 percent capacity for the concert. Vaccinations required for those 12 and over attending the concert.)

 

Congregation Ezra Bessaroth

 

CONGREGATION EZRA BESSAROTH

Hanukkah Party: November 28, 5:30 pm, at Ezra Bessaroth, 5412 Wilson Ave. S, Seattle. Candle lighting, dinner, wine, music, games, friends. No cost, but please consider making a donation to the EB youth program. All ages, everyone welcome. RSVP.

 

Congregation Tikvah Chadashah

 

CONGREGATION TIKVAH CHADASHAH

Hanukkah Candle Lighting and Movie Night: December 3, at private home. We will discuss two movies, Shiva Baby and Meet with Me. Watch at home between now and December 3. Available free on Kanopy (Seattle Public Library card required).

 

Eastside Torah Center

 

EASTSIDE TORAH CENTER

Chanukah Celebration: November 28, 4:30 pm, at Crossroads Park picnic shelter, 16140 NE 8th St., Bellevue. Grand menorah lighting and special fire entertainment show. Join the ETC crew to “Light Up the Night” on the first candle of Chanukah. Enjoy songs, dreidels, gelt, sufganiyot, and your very own Chanukah swag bag to enjoy over the holiday. Free, everyone is invited.

Chanukah Bowl: December 5, 2:40 pm, at Tech City Bowl, 13033 70th Place, Kirkland. A fun-filled Chanukah event the the whole family will enjoy. Join the Chabad communities of the Eastside for a festive Chanukah unity event. We have reserved the entire facility for this exclusive gathering. We will bowl, arcade, and light the menorah together with delicious Chanukah foods. This event is brought to you in partnership by Eastside Torah Center, Chabad of Kirkland, and Chabad of Downtown Bellevue. Tickets.

 

Endless Opportunities

 

ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Chanukah Celebration: December 2, 10:30 am – 12 pm, on Zoom. Rabbi Jim Mirel will take us on a journey through the music of Chanukah, from Handel to Yarrow. Join us online where we’ll sing, schmooze, and maybe even dance.

 

Herzl-Ner Tamid

 

HERZL-NER TAMID CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATION

HaMotzi To-Go – Chanukah Shabbat by Purple Beet Catering: December 3, 1 pm – 2 pm pickup. Prepared in the H-NT kitchen. Includes potato latkes with apple sauce, beef cholent, mixed green salad with apples, pecans, and apple cider vinaigrette, challah rolls, and Chanukah sugar cookies. $62 dinner for two. Subsidized price of $40 available for those in need, H-NT and Temple De Hirsch Sinai members only. Order by November 28.

Sufganiot To-Go: December 5, 12 pm – 1 pm pickup. From the kosher Sodo Krispy Kreme. Jelly doughnuts with powdered sugar. $6 per four-pack, $14 per dozen. Order by December 2.

Chanukah As One: December 5, 5 pm – 5:20 pm, on Zoom. Set up your favorite chanukiot and light up our screens as one community moving forward together. We’ll celebrate with a Chanukah message from Rabbi Herber and Chanukah songs from Cantor Kurland, Talya Kurland, Julia Perry, and Tova Shecter.

 

hillel

 

HILLEL UW / JCONNECT SEATTLE

(All events at Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle, unless otherwise indicated)

Hanukkah Market: November 14, 12 pm – 4 pm. Hillel has you covered for all your seasonal shopping. Available for sale will be boxes of Hanukkah candles, dreidels, and lots of new and gently used Judaica items and books. Local vendors will be on hand with arts and crafts, including jewelry, for purchase.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting: November 28, 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm. Stop by Hillel on the First Night and every night of Hanukkah to light the candles, eat a little gelt, spin a dreidel, and sing Hanukkah songs. (Come by Red Square on Third Night for a Hanukkah celebration with Chabad at UW. Ice menorah, latkes, doughnuts, and live music.)

Hanukkah Scavenger Hunt: November 28 – December 6: Join Jconnect for an eight-night Hanukkah scavenger hunt. Hanukkah- and Seattle-themed clues will drop every night at candle lighting. With your team of up to four people, use your phone to take photos of the answers. At the end of the scavenger hunt, submit your photos to win prizes!

DIY Hanukkah Candles: December 1, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Join us after our Wellness Wednesday walk to DIY some Hanukkah candles. Snacks provided!

Jconnect Hanukkah Party: December 2, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle. Join Jconnect for a party to celebrate Hanukkah. We’ll have latkes, sufganiyot, and plenty of fun music and activities. Come play dreidel, win (and eat!) gelt, and hang out with other Jewish Seattleites. Wear your most garish Hanukkah sweater—we’ll be voting for best entry. Please bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. We will check vaccination status at the door.

Hanukkah Shabbat: December 3, 6:45 pm -8:30 pm. Join us for a Hanukkah Shabbat dinner! We’ll light candles together at 6:45 pm, followed by Shabbat blessings and dinner at 7 pm. On the menu: Latkes, matzo ball soup (pareve), green salad, Krispy Kreme jelly doughnuts. Please RSVP by December 2 at 5 pm to ensure there is enough food. Attendees must be vaccinated and masks must be worn except when actively eating and drinking.

Hanukkah Palooza!: December 4, 6:30 pm – 9 pm. Join us for our Seventh Night Hanukkah party! We’ll be lighting Hanukkah candles and doing Havdalah. Enjoy some latkes, doughnuts, and gelt galore. Compete in a dreidel competition, decorate a Hanukkah cookie, and take some Hanukkah-themed pictures in our Hanukkah photo booth.

 

Island Synagogue

 

ISLAND SYNAGOGUE

Island Synagogue’s Children’s Chanukah Party: December 5, 1 pm, at Island Synagogue, 8685 SE 47th St., Mercer Island. Pizza in the tent. Doughnuts.Stories and grand dreidel game. Gift exchange (please bring one unisex gift valued at $10 or under per child. For more information, contact Jen at 513.410.3261. RSVP.

 

Jewish Family Service

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE

Chanukah Baskets: November 14, 10 am – 1 pm. This year, we are again putting on our Chanukah basket delivery program and we could use your help. Sign up for a route and help us deliver holiday packages to homebound community members. All deliveries are contactless, and we ask that volunteers commit to good hygiene practices and wear face masks while they are out delivering. We sincerely appreciate your help serving our neighbors! To find out more, contact volunteer@jfsseattle.org.

 

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

 

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE

Share the Light – A Community Hanukkah Celebration: December 5, 7 pm – 8 pm, on Zoom. Set up a menorah, prepare candles for the Eighth Night, and join friends from across the community for a unique celebration, sharing the light of Hanukkah despite our physical distance with uplifting, soulful melodies and stories to nourish the spirit! The evening program includes musical artists and storytellers from across the Greater Seattle community. Your co-hosts: Rabbi Samuel Klein, Rabbi Lauren Kurland, and Rabbi Laura Rumpf. With musical artist Ari Joshua Zucker. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel at UW, Jewish Family Service, and the Stroum Jewish Community Center.  Proud participant of the Hanukkah Homecoming Weekend.
Register.

 

Jewish Together

 

JEWISH TOGETHER

Creating Light – How We Weave Our Own Rituals: November 17 and December 15, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, online. A two-part series on our personal rituals led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman. Some life transitions are about letting go or moving through a challenging time, some are about celebrating a milestone, and some are about personal preparation for what is yet to come. This two-part workshop will weave together seasonal themes of Hanukkah and wintertime, and include guided meditation, text study, and an interactive ritual creation activity. $30-$50. An Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning event.

Hanukkah in the Bible?: November 29, 12 pm – 1 pm, online. Hanukkah is a prime example of a post-biblical festival—but it has left its tracks in the Bible and is based on biblical texts. We will look at the earliest evidence we have for this festival and how it has changed over time. A virtual presentation by Marc Zvi Brettler, the Bernice and Morton Lerner Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University. A Valley Beit Midrash event.

A New Reading of Hanukkah – Text Study for the Holiday: November 30, 2 pm – 3 pm, online. Explore this ancient Jewish tradition as a powerful spiritual moment that can ground us, our families, and communities. With Rabbi Lydia Medwin, Director of Congregational Engagement at The Temple in Atlanta. $21. An American Jewish University event.

Celebrate & Connect –  Jewish Holiday Couples’ Series: November 30, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, online. Celebrate Jewish holidays with your partner. The Hanukkah session will be facilitated by Rabbi Getzel Davis, a chaplain at Harvard University and the founder of ZIVUG Institute for Couples. All partnerships welcome regardless of gender, sexual, or Jewish identity. $20.

Chanukah Candles, the Burning Bush, and the Jewish People: December 1, 10 am, online. The origins as well as the meaning of the post-biblical holiday of Chanukah are hard to pinpoint. In an attempt to shed light on the holiday and to understand its contemporary relevance, we will compare the Chanukah story to another story of a flame that burns but does not extinguish: the biblical story of Moses at the burning bush. An Orange County Community Scholar Program event.

Have You Made Art About It Yet? Hanukkah Edition (Virtual): December 2, 9 am – 10:30 am. Many cultures around the world have traditions focused on bringing light into the darkest days of the year. What light do you want to bring into your life and others? How can the fleeting glow of a flame carry forward when there is still darkness ahead? Come explore these questions and more through creative process and conversation. A Jewish Studio Project event.

Making Mochi Doughnuts for Multicultural Hanukkah: December 2, 5 pm – 6 pm, online. 18doors’ Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe will lead us as we light Hanukkah candles together and then Nourish & Co.’s Kristin Eriko Posner will lead us in a step-by-step workshop  to make mochi doughnuts, a take on the traditional Hanukkah sufganiyot that she developed to honor both her Japanese roots and Jewish identity. $18.

 

Kavana

 

KAVANA COOPERATIVE

Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting: December 1, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Join us for a short and sweet Kavana Community Candle Lighting on Zoom, led by Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and Traci Marx. Featuring Chanukah songs, a little Torah, and communal menorah lighting.

Chanukah on Ice! (Morning Session): 10:45 am – 11:45 am, location upon registration. This gathering is for everyone in the community, whether you’re skating on ice for the first time or haven’t been in over a decade. We’ve reserved a private rink, so just pick up a pair of skates on your way in and join us for skating and tailgate doughnuts and coffee after skating. Masks required. For those 12 and over, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

Chanukah on Ice! (Afternoon Session): 11:45 am – 1 pm, location upon registration. This gathering is for everyone in the community, whether you’re skating on ice for the first time or haven’t been in over a decade. We’ve reserved a private rink, so just pick up a pair of skates on your way in and join us for skating and tailgate doughnuts and coffee after skating. Masks required. For those 12 and over, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

 

Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life

 

KOL AMI: A CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE

Light Up the Night Kirkland: November 28, at Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland, in both shelters. All welcome. Live music, crafts, doughnuts. Light candles and more. Dress warmly and bring a friend!

Candle Lighting: November 29-December 1, 5 pm each evening, on Zoom. Stay cozy in your own  home as we light our candles together as a community and share in the warmth of the season. 

Hanukkah Story Hour & Kabbalat Shabbat Hanukkah: December 3, 5 pm. Bring a blanket and listen to Rabbi Yo tell a Hanukkah story. At 7:30 pm, enjoy a meditative Hanukkah Shabbat service on Zoom or in-person, at Kol Ami, 308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland.

Hanukkah Cabaret: December 4, details coming soon.

Candle Lighting: December 5, For the Eighth Night, we will celebrate in our own homes, by Zoom, to light the last candle in our menorah.

 

Kol HaNeshamah

 

KOL HANESHAMAH

Pop-Up Chanukah at Junction Plaza: December 5, 5 pm – 6 pm, at Junction Plaza Park, 4545 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle. Community menorah lighting, songs, and doughnuts!

 

Minyan Ohr Chadash

 

MINYAN OHR CHADASH

Children’s Chanukah Concert: December 5, 5:45 pm, at Minyan Ohr Chadash, 6721 51st Ave. S, Seattle. Eli Rosenblatt combines world music, movement, and imagination in a high-energy mix. A unique entertainment experience for all ages.

 

Moishe House Seattle

 

MOISHE HOUSE SEATTLE

Chanukah Party: December 5, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at Moishe House. Celebrate Chanukah with the usual holiday treats: latkes, chocolate gelt, doughnuts, dreidel games, Chanukah-themed coloring pages, and sugar cookie decorating. We will light the chanukiah together.

 

PJ Library

 

PJ LIBRARY

Virtual BookFest for Kids: Hanukkah Storytime + Music: November 30, 5:30 pm, on Zoom. Celebrate the Third Night of Hanukkah with a special evening of stories and songs! Meet Kugel the Dog and Shloyml Boyml and his Lucky Dreydl, when PJ Library author Ann Koffsky and klezmer musician Yale Strom read their stories for us. They’ll also lead fun holiday activities and entertain us with the lively klezmer song “Latkes.” Both books are available for purchase and make great Hanukkah presents! Recommended for ages 8 and under. $5 household ticket, $18 with Kayla and Kugel’s Happy Hanukkah, $18 with Shloyml Boyml and His Lucky Dreidel.

Engineer a Dreidel with PJ Library and the MIT Museum: December 5, 3:30 pm. on Zoom. In this online workshop, we’ll investigate spinning motion by designing, building, and testing our own dreidels using everyday materials. This workshop will provide plenty of opportunities to be creative and experimental as we explore the physics of spin. Ideal for ages 7 – 12.

 

Rohr Center

 

ROHR CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE, CHABAD OF BELLINGHAM & WWU

Giant Chanukah Celebration: November 28, after 4:18 pm, at Lee Memorial Park, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham. Join our annual public menorah lighting for a show of Jewish pride and unity.

 

Seattle Jewish Chorale

 

SEATTLE JEWISH CHORALE

Wordless Joy to Last Eight Nights: December 5, 2:15 pm. Seattle Jewish Chorale invites you to join us for our short virtual recital. Wordless Joy to Last Eight Nights celebrates family, community, and, of course, Hanukkah! We are excited to premiere our Music Director Jacob Finkle’s arrangement of Dem Zeydns Nign. Watch the concert on our YouTube channel, beginning December 5, 2:15 pm and anytime afterward.

 

Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound

 

SECULAR JEWISH CIRCLE OF PUGET SOUND

Hanukkah Celebration: December 5, 1 pm – 2 pm, Mercer Island location upon RSVP. Get ready to light up the night at the Secular Jewish Circle’s annual Hanukkah Celebration! We will gather together to spin the dreidel and light our menorahs.

 

Shalom Ensemble

 

SHALOM ENSEMBLE

Free Chanukah Concert: November 28, 1 pm – 3 pm, at Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond. Outdoors performance, with musicians from the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra.

 

Sephardic Bikur Holim

 

SEPHARDIC BIKUR HOLIM

Light Up the Night Hanukkah Party: November 29, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, at Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. Community menorah lighting, nine-hole light-up mini golf, art activities, edible menorah making, outdoor food, Island Crust pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, cotton candy and popcorn.

 

Stroum JCC

 

STROUM JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

(All events at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, unless otherwise indicated.)

Hands on Hanukkah at Mercer Island Harvest Market: November 21, 10 am – 3 pm, at Mercer Island Harvest Market, Mercerdale Park, 3009 77th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road – and our first stop is the Mercer Island Harvest Festival! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by our booth at the Harvest Festival to say hi and create your own Hanukkah artwork! 

Hanukkah Essential Oils: November 22, 7 pm. Celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah with this free essential oils class—a fun twist on the traditional oils we use around the holiday. In this interactive class, Rose Curtis of Rose Curtis Movement Therapy will teach you how essential oils can benefit and support your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase dōTERRA essential oils. Register.

Lights Up at the J: November 28- January 3. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with an interactive light display. This holiday season, we’re creating a magical world of lights for families to explore at the J. Walk among our light-covered trees, make shadow puppets, play with color changers, and explore our imaginative light exhibit.

Hands on Hanukkah at Rainier Community Center: November 29, 4 pm, at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle. This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road – and we’re heading to the Rainier Community Center! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by our booth at the Rainier Community Center to say hi and create your own Hanukkah artwork!  

Hanukkah Meditation with Rabbi Olivier: November 29, 7 pm, on Zoom. Prepare your mind to receive the miracles of Hanukkah and enter the holiday season in a mindful, grounded way. Rabbi Olivier is back by popular demand to lead in this rejuvenating, virtual meditation session. $8. Register.

Virtual BookFest for Kids: Hanukkah Storytime + Music: November 30, 5:30 pm. Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah with a special evening of stories and songs! Meet Kugel the Dog and Shloyml Boyml and his Lucky Dreydl, when PJ Library author Ann Koffsky and klezmer musician Yale Strom read their stories for us. They’ll also lead fun holiday activities and entertain us with the lively klezmer song “Latkes.” Both books are available for purchase and make great Hanukkah presents! Recommended for ages 8 and under. Tickets.

Hanukkah Essential Oils: December 1, 7 pm. Learn how to use essential oils to calm your anxiety, fix your sleep, improve your focus, and enhance your mood. This class, led by Jodi Sternoff Cohen from Vibrant Blue Oils, is the second in our Hanukkah Essential Oils series–a fun twist on the traditional oils we use around the holiday!

Hands on Hanukkah at U Village: December 2, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road—and we’re heading to U Village! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by our booth at the U Village Pavilion to say hi and create your own Hanukkah artwork!

Family Night at Redmond Lights: December 3, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, at Redmond Downtown Park, 16101 NE Redmond Way, Redmond. Bring some light into your family’s Hanukkah celebration at Redmond Lights! Meet other SJCC families and explore the light and art installations together. Plus: if you register for an SJCC Hanukkah Family Gift Bag, we’ll bring you some delicious sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts) and an at-home craft activity for kids. Meet us at the Wood Deck at Redmond’s Downtown Park, where we’ll hand out gift bags before exploring the festivities together. Order your free Hanukkah Family Gift Bag.

Hands on Hanukkah at Temple B’nai Torah: December 4, 12 pm – 2 pm, at Temple B’nai Torah,15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue . This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road–and we’re heading to Temple B’nai Torah for their Hanukkah party! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. At TBT’s Hanukkah party, you can enjoy food trucks and lots of fun family activities, including our Hands on Hanukkah booth where you can create your own Hanukkah artwork!

Hands on Hanukkah, Bellevue Botanical Garden D’Lights: December 4, 4 pm – 6 pm, at Bellevue Botanical Garden, in Wilburton Hill Park, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road–and we’re heading to the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Join your JCC friends for an evening at Garden D’Lights. We’ll have crafts, activities, and tasty treats for the whole family at our Hands on Hanukkah booth. Then we’ll light the Hanukkah candles before heading in to explore the sparkling light creations of Garden D’Lights together!

Hands on Hanukkah at West Seattle Farmers Market: December 5, 10 am – 2 pm, at corner of SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW, Seattle. This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road–and we’re heading to the West Seattle Farmers Market! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by our booth at the West Seattle Farmers Market to say hi and create your own Hanukkah artwork!

 

Temple Beth El

 

TEMPLE BETH EL

Erev Shabbat Hanukkah Service: December 3, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. In-person  at Temple Beth El, 5975 S. 12th St., Tacoma, and livestreaming.

 

Temple Beth Hatfiloh

 

TEMPLE BETH HATFILOH

(All events at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave. SE, Olympia)

Hanukkah Shop at TBH: November 14, 18, 21, 28, 10 am – 12 pm, or by appointment. Gelt, candles, menorahs, wrapping paper, decorations, and more available. Cash and checks preferred, masks required to enter the building.

Hanukkah Celebration and Community Candlelighting: December 5, 4 pm – 6 pm. Join us for our Hanukkah party and community menorah lighting! This year, we will be gathering for community candle lighting, music, and dreidel playing outdoors in the TBH parking lot (under a tent). Unfortunately, no latkes this year! Remember to bring your menorah and candles to light. To safeguard the health of all, attendees must wear masks. Individuals age 12 and up must be vaccinated. Children are welcome (masks required as able). 

 

Temple Beth Or

 

TEMPLE BETH OR

Light Up the Night – Havdalah and Hanukkah: December 4, 3:30 pm – 5 pm, at Temple Beth Or, 3215 Lombard Ave., Everett. Rabbi Kort and the TBO Membership Committee cordially invite you to don your hats, scarves, mittens (and masks), and join your Temple Beth Or family as we light up the winter sky with luminaries. Havdalah and Hanukkah candle lighting. Dreidels, Hanukkah singing, and doughnuts to go.  

 

Temple B’nai Torah

 

TEMPLE B’NAI TORAH

Thanks A Latke! TBT’s Chanukah Party: December 3, 5:30 pm – 7 pm. A festive evening with a latke-making contest, dinner, and Chanukah concert by our Artist-in-Residence, Josh Niehaus. RSVP for tickets by November 30. $10 per person, $25 for families of three or more.

 

The Tribe at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

 

THE TRIBE AT TEMPLE DE HIRSCH SINAI

Be the Chanukah Hero: December 3, 7:30 pm, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E. Pike St. Chanukah (or is it Hanukkah?) celebrates the heroic efforts of the Maccabees. On the Sixth Night, we will provide you with three opportunities to be a hero. RSVP required.

 

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