PJ Library Chanukah Events

Celebrate Chanukah with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Chanukah begins on Thursday, December 10.  For the following week, Jewish families around the world will gather to celebrate the Festival of Lights with latkes, dreidels, gifts, giving back and more.  You can join a community celebration or use our resources to create a celebration at home.  Chanukah ends at sundown on Friday, December 18.

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Events During Chanukah

Bim Bom Bag (Chanukah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC

Thursday, December 10, 4:00 PM

The Bender JCCGW presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will hand-deliver* Jewish themed arts & crafts activities to your door to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic. This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.

8 Nights of Lights

Thursday–Friday, December 10–17, 5:30 PM (4:30 PM on Friday, December 11)

Join your friends at Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC to light up Chanukah! Bring your Chanukiah (Menorah) to light with us.

Author Talk: Happy Llamakah with Laura Gehl

Friday, December 11, 11:00 AM

Join us for a Hanukkah and Shabbat morning with author Laura Gehl. She will be joining our playgroup and share her festive book! Signed copies will be available through Politics and Prose for folks attending the Zoom program.

Tot Shabbat Chanukah edition

Friday, December 11, 4:00 PM

Join the JFamily programs for a fun Chanukah Themed Tot Shabbat. A special guest musician will be leading tot Shabbat this week.

Chanukah Havdalah in Pajamas

Saturday, December 12, 6:00 PM

Join PJ Library, Berman Hebrew Academy and Kehilat Pardes to start a new week with Havdalah and then light your family chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) together as a community on the third night of Chanukah. Rabbi Uri Topolosky will sing songs, share a story, and help us all have a joyful start to a new week.

Design-Thinking and STEM at Milton

Sunday, December 13, 10:00 AM

Please join us, with your 3-6 year old for a Hanukkah-themed virtual design-thinking and STEM event! Children will listen to a story and then design and prototype their project.

Hanukkah FUN with Morah Jen

Sunday, December 13, 11:00 AM

Join Morah Jen from Agudas Achim We’ll read a story, do a craft project, and enjoy a snack together. Bring your own sufganiyot (donuts) or latkes (potato pancakes)! If you sign up for a FREE Goody Bag, the materials for the craft project are included. If not, you’ll need colorful cellophane paper, tissue paper, or something similar; clear contact paper; a Star of David pattern; a pencil; and scissors for adult and child. We’re going to make suncatchers!

Be the Light: Helping Others on Chanukkah

Sunday, December 13, 11:00 AM–Noon and 4:00–5:30 PM
Drop off donations at Temple Shalom: 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD
Bake-along is virtual

On Chanukkah, we can spread the light of the holiday with others by giving back. Encourage your child to dedicate one night of Chanukah as a Tzedakah Night, purchasing items for others instead of receiving a gift. Bring a donation for DC Diaper Bank (see wish list) in the morning.  Later that day, join us on Zoom for a bake-along with Paula Shoyer! We will make blue-and-white cookies, ending with lighting the menorah together at 5:30 PM.

You can pick up an activity kit for your family when you drop off your donation or arrange an alternate option by contacting us. This is a program of Pop-Ups to Pop In, funded by the Phyllis Margolius Family Foundation.

Chanukah Candle Lighting Celebration at the Bender JCC

Sunday, December 13, 4:30 PM
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD (front lawn)

Light up your night at the J! Join us for a candle lighting ceremony with goodie bags, games, storytime, and more!

Cooking with the Kagins Chanukah Edition

Monday, December 14, 4:30 PM

Come join the Kagin Family in making a holiday favorite, Latkes. We will make traditional latkes and talk about some of our favorite ways to spice them up!

You will need: salt, 2 large eggs, 2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes, 2 large onions, oil for frying , fry pan, bowl, spatula, grater or food processor.

Bite Size Fun: Chanukah Edition

Tuesday, December 15, Noon

Bring your lunch or snack and have some fun with Melissa and Michelle! Pop-in and you will find Chanukah crafts, stories, and surprises. You will receive a supply list with your confirmation email.

Author Talk: The Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica Perl

Wednesday, December 16, 4:00 PM

Join the JCCs for a Hanukkah afternoon as author Erica Perl shares her latest story. It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing! Signed copies will be available through Politics and Prose for folks attending the Zoom program.

Afternoon Sillies Chanukah Edition

Thursday, December 17, 4:00 PM

Bring a snack and get those sillies out with Pozez JCC’s J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Julie. Whether it is a puppet show, a craft or a special guest, Tracy and Julie will be there to end your day with a smile! Supplies needed will be included in your confirmation email.  Chag Chanukah Sameach (Happy Chanukah Holiday)!

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Events on December 25th

All events are on Friday, December 25 unless otherwise noted

December 25th Day of Service

December 20-25

Get involved in D25 before the day, including an art supplies gift drive, gift wrapping and donating baked goods. Get more details and register at edcjcc.org/d25

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Pre-Chanukah Events

All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Chanukah Virtual Cooking Demonstration

December 2, 2020 8:00–9:15 PM

Join hundreds across our Jewish community to enjoy a FREE virtual Chanukah cooking demonstration with famed Chef Michael Solomonov! The James Beard Foundation award-winning chef will demonstrate how to cook the perfect Chanukah meal, from apple shrub to sfenj (Moroccan doughnuts), just in time for the holiday. Register for free today!  Brought to you by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Make Room for Latkes!

Sunday, December 6, 10:00–11:00 AM
Virtual, with a kit
$10 per child; $20 per family max

Make your Chanukah de-light-ful at Make Room for Latkes! Receive a kit with supplies to play games, make a craft, and learn ways to make the Festival of Lights meaningful and joyful for your family. (Best for ages 3-8.)

This program is brought to you by PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, JFamily Ambassadors, the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Love and Religion, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Chanukah Cake Pops with Baked By Yael

Sunday, December 6, 4:00 PM

Have your cake and eat it, too, at a virtual Baked by Yael Hanukkah cakepop class, with special guests EDCJCC CEO, Dava Schub and her daughter Benna! Class includes supplies to make your cakepops and blue and white edible glitter to decorate.

Chanukah Grandfriend Cooking Together

Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 pm

Gather around the menorah for a multi-generational event for kids and their “grandfriends.” We will cook something, hear a story, and celebrate joyfully together.

Get the recipe for baked donut holes with dipping sauces

This is a collaboration of PJ Library, Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families and The Jewish Federation of Great Washington.

Kids Chanukah BimBom Activity Bag!

Order from your local JCC based on the deadlines below
Join a community Zoom on December 10 at 4:00 PM

Enjoy a bag-tastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. Get ready for a week of light and miracles with candles, dreidels, several Chanukah art projects, a few treats and a Tikkun Olam project. During our class on December 10th at 4pm we will share some of our art projects, read books together and sing some songs. Presented by Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

DC Families: Order by December 6 for pickup on December 9.

MoCo Families:  Order by December 2 for delivery by December 7.

NoVa Families: Order by December 2 at 11:30 PM. Sign into your account or create an account (for new users). Enter the class code (13100) in the column on the left.

Hanukkah Goody Bags

Pick-up on Thursday, December 10

Agudas Achim is giving away 40 FREE Goody Bags filled with candles, gelt, a dreidel, a storybook, family resources, craft projects, and more. ALL families, regardless of synagogue membership or affiliation, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Also check out the month’s schedule for Afternoon Sillies, Bite-Size Fun and Story Time, all of which will connect to the holidays!

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Chanukah Resources

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Family-Friendly Chanukah Events Cosponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington

Tot Shabbat at TBS!

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

4th Fridays Together

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event has been canceled.

Interfaith Couples Workshop – Session 1

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - Sunday, February 21, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Bim Bom Bag (Tu BiShvat)

Monday, January 25, 2021 | 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Holiday Story Time Series: Tu Bishvat

Monday, January 25, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tu B’Shevat Grandfriend Program

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Contemporary Dance with Naama Kadosh

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Baby Lap Time

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm