Community Chanukah Events for 2018
1st Candle: Sunset, December 2th
8th Candle: Sunset, December 9th
Chanukah ends at Sunset on December 10th
Sunday December 2, 2018– First Candle
Chester County Chanukah Celebration
Join us on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018 at 5:00pm on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in West Chester, 10 North High Street, for the community Menorah lighting and celebration of the first night of Chanukah. Live entertainment in the presence of Chester County Officials, dignitaries, and community leaders. Chanukah music, doughnuts, dreidels, Chanukah Gelt and hot cider.
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—Kehillah of Chester County, and Chabad of Chester County.
Monday December 3, 2018—Second Candle
City of Philadelphia Chanukah Celebration
Fairmount Fish Ladder on Martin Luther King Drive (between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive) across from Boathouse Row at 6:00 p.m.
The City of Philadelphia will celebrate the holiday season by illuminating Boathouse Row in festive colors for the remainder of 2018. In the spirit of inclusiveness and to highlight the diversity of the city, the lights will celebrate Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
215-686-6210 * http://www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation
Chanukah Game Night
7th Dimension Games, 491 Old York Road, Jenkintown at 6:15 p.m. Dreidel spinning contest, games and snacks with Rabbi Reuven Goldstein (Young Israel of Elkins Park) and BBYO Youth Leaders. Attendance is limited to the first 40 RSVPs.
For more information and to register, visit jewishphilly.org/oyrchanukah, call 267.630.5722 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday December 4, 2018—Third Candle
Chanukah Candle Lighting with the Center City Kehillah
The Center City Kehillah invites the entire community to celebrate the 3rd night of Chanukah together in Rittenhouse Square at 5:15 p.m! Join friends, neighbors, and representatives from 30 Jewish organizations for candle lighting, holiday treats, raffle prizes, and celebrating with your Jewish community, along with celebratory music with Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Ami Yares. Rabbi Jill Maderer (Congregation Rodeph Shalom) and Rabbi Yochonon Goldman (B’nai Abraham Chabad) will share brief remarks and lead the candle lighting. Please consider bringing new or gently used children’s books to donate to Mighty Writers, especially picture books and graphic novels!
Sponsored by the Center City Kehillah, a network of communities representing the diversity of Jewish life in urban Philadelphia, in cooperation with and funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Wednesday December 5, 2018—Fourth Candle
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s Community Chanukah Party
300 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This year’s Chanukah “Festival of Light” will open at 5:30 p.m. with a big community celebration that includes fried food, live music, candle lighting and more! The dinner will be followed by a dazzling Festival of (Laser) Light show that brings the Chanukah story and philosophy to life for all ages. This deLIGHTful laser show by WONDERGY is a breathtaking extravaganza of lasers, lights, Chanukah, and science!
Our Chanukah party is open to the whole community – bring your friends!
This event is generously co-sponsored by the Youth & Family PTA, the Early Childhood PTA, the Sisterhood of BZBI, and JCC Camps @ Medford.
Kehillah of Old York Road Grand Menorah Lighting
Jenkintown Square, Jenkintown, PA at 6:45 p.m. Grand menorah lighting, music, treats and warm drinks, sponsored by Rabbi Zushe Gurevitz (Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center). Also joining is Rabbi Binyomin Davis (Etz Chaim) and Hazzan Howard Glantz (Adath Jeshurun).
Thursday December 6, 2018—Fifth Candle
Chanukah Candle Lighting at Narberth Train Station with Kehillah of Lower Merion
Meet at circle in front of Narberth Train Station (211 Elmwood Avenue) at 5:45 p.m.
Join the Kehillah of Lower Merion, a group of synagogues and Jewish organizations across the Main Line, as we gather together as one Jewish community to celebrate Chanukah. The Narberth Havurah’s Menorah, made by their kids in school last year, will light the night, and Chanukah music and the smell of doughnuts will fill the air! We will light the Chanukah lights, sing Chanukah songs led by the clergy of KLM and enjoy sufganiot. Free and open to the community.
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—Kehillah of Lower Merion
Saturday December 8, 2018—Seventh Candle
Rick Recht Community Concert
Kehillah of Buxmont presents this holiday concert at Tiferet Bet Israel, 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome, free of charge. For more information, call Renee Strausberg at 610-275-8797 ext. 144 or Sherrie Klein at email@example.com. Register now at https://jewishphilly.org/recht
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—Kehillah of Buxmont and www.jkidphilly.org
Sunday December 9, 2018—Eighth Candle
Chanukah Celebration at the Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA 19401, 800-652-4143
Join us as we celebrate Chanukah at Elmwood Park Zoo! The fun begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Trail of the Jaguar exhibit, where guests can make themed crafts and play games! Join us at 3:00 p.m. on the Eagles Deck as we listen to the Temple Brith Achim Choir perform, followed by lighting the menorah. This event is free to attend with zoo admission.