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Celebrating Hanukkah at The J

Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. The celebration runs December 7–15. The first candle should be lit on December 7 at sundown. The dates on the Jewish calendar are 25 Kislev–3 Tevet, 5784.

Scroll down to see how we’re celebrating, and learn more about the holiday here.


Free potato latkes to the first 60 visitors daily through Thursday, December 14 (thank you, Trader Joe’s!)

Thursday, December 7

  • Sufganiyot donuts and coffee in the lobby
  • 7 p.m.: Screening of Oy to the World followed by a Q&A with director and writer Yvette Hochberg

Did you miss the film? Click the link below and use password “Hanukkah2023” to watch it online until 7 p.m. Sunday.

Friday, December 8

  • Cohn Early Childhood Learning Center children will bake challah

Saturday, December 9

  • Hanukkah Book Trail Walk: Enjoy the fresh air as you circle the outdoor track while learning the history of Hanukkah.  

Sunday, December 10 

  • 4:30 p.m.: Grand Menorah Lighting at the Summit featuring music, latkes, sufganiyot, and Hanukkah festivities for the whole family, including a 360° photo booth, juggler, balloon twister, VR reality games, glow-in-the-dark face painting, and more.

Monday, December 11

  • Sufganiyot donuts and coffee in the lobby 
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Cookie decorating in the main lobby 

Tuesday, December 12

  • Bring a can or two to the joint LJCC/Cohn ECLC ‘Can’-orah food drive that aims to collect 360 cans for CJFS by the end of the day.

Wednesday, December 13

  • Cohn ECLC Hanukkah class parties 
  • 6-8 p.m. at the Overton Road Shell Station: Enjoy fresh potato latkes from the new “Holy Crepe” Knesset Israel food trailer (3170 Overton Road)

Thursday, December 14 

  • Sufganiyot donuts and coffee in the main lobby

Friday, December 15

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Enjoy fresh potato latkes from the new “Holy Crepe” Knesset Israel food trailer, plus complimentary balloon animals  
  • 11 a.m.: “Honor our Parents” Shabbat with Rabbi Henkin (including complimentary lunch featuring food from Knesset Israel’s new pop-up food trailer). This program is made possible through JCC Association of North America in partnership with Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism. 

A scene from last year’s festive Grand Menorah Lighting at the Summit (see the full album plus video here). This year’s event will take place on December 10.