PJ Library Chanukah Events

Happy Chanukah

Celebrate Chanukah with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Chanukah begins on Sunday, December 18th.  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 Monday, December 26th.

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Pre-Chanukah Events

Military Mitzvah Chanukah Card ProjectMilitary Mitzvah Chanukah

Now through December 7th

PJ Library and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington are partnering to share a wonderful opportunity with you to send Chanukah greeting cards to Jewish military members and veterans! Sign up to mail your cards by December 7th.

Chanukah Movie Night and Havdalah

Saturday, December 3rd | 5:45 PM
Agudas Achim Congregation (2908 Valley Drive, Alexandra, VA)

Get ready and excited for Chanukah at a special Havdalah and movie night! Arrive in your pajamas and bring a comfy blankie to sit on.

Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch with The Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis

Sunday, December 4th | 10:30 AM (Brunch), 11:30 AM (Concert)
Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th Streeet NW, Washington, DC)
$25/person for concert and brunch; $15 for concert only; children 7 and under are FREE

Klezmer brunch is back and family friendly this December! Music lovers of all ages are welcome to join us for Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch with Seth Kibel paired with the Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis. There will be concert seating for those who want it, but children will not be expected to sit quietly — dancing is encouraged!

Kids Chanukah BimBom Activity Bag!

Order from your local JCC by December 7th
Join a community Zoom on December 15th | 4:30 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 these hands-on activity kits. During our class on December 15th, we will share some of our art projects, read books together and sing some songs. Presented by Bender JCC and Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families. Bags must be ordered by Wednesday, December 7th.

MoCo Families: Order from the Bender JCC

NoVa Families: Order from the Pozez JCC

Chanukah Havdalah in Pajamas

Saturday, December 10th | 6:30 PM
Berman Hebrew Academy (13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD)


Join PJ Library, Berman Hebrew Academy, Kehilat Pardes, and The Jewish Federation to celebrate how to bring more light into the world with Chanukah (the Festival of Lights) and Havdalah. After a warm, spirited Havdalah ceremony to end Shabbat, we’ll create our own lanterns for a lantern walk!

Tots Program – Chanukah Music, Movement and Services

Sunday, December 11th | 11:00 AM
Oseh Shalom (7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, MD)

Get your wiggles out – song, movement, prayer, and fun! Join Diane with her ukelele and drums and celebrate Chanukah together in community. For children ages 0 – 5 with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. RSVP to [email protected] or just show up.

The Great Hanukkah Escape

Sunday, December 11th | 1:00–2:30 PM
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Lower School (1901 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD)


Join the CESJDS STEM Center and Admission for an exciting break out room adventure. We will begin the program with story telling from PJ Library and then families will work to solve puzzles that allow them to eventually celebrate the joy of Hanukkah! This is great for anyone ages 3-10, and we ask that every child is accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dorie Ravick, Director of Lower School Admission at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School at [email protected]

Chanukah Craft Workshop

Sunday, December 11th | 4:00 PM
Kidcreate Studio Alexandria (724 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA)
$25 for 1 child with adult caregiver

This illuminating project, cosponsored by the Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, is perfect for your little one to show off how they can master lots of materials in a mixed media masterpiece! Most appreciated by kids 2-5 years old.

Chanukah with Grandfriends

Tuesday, December 13th | 4:30 PM
Zoom (link sent after registration)
$8/screen, which includes project materials mailed to you

Join us for a virtual, multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to celebrate the Festival of Lights with stories, a de-light-ful craft project, and games. Register by December 7th to receive the project materials in the mail. Registration opens 11/17.

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

Shabbat Hanukkah

Friday, December 16th | 5:00 PM
Washington Hebrew (3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC)

  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tot Experience
  • 6:15 pm – 6:50 pm – Snack & Schmooze

SNACK — Hanukkah-themed hot appetizers, cheese, crackers, and fruit! Perfect for families looking to feed their kids before the service — and help get everyone into the holiday spirit!

SCHMOOZE — This half-hour is a great time to connect with the people around you! Kids (and playful grown-ups) can play with giant Connect 4 and Jenga sets, cornhole, and other arts & crafts activities. Obviously, everyone can have their turn with dreidels, too!

BJC’s Hanukkah Celebration!

Friday, December 16th | 5:30 PM
Bethesda Jewish Congregation (6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD)
Dinner is $20 per person and $10 for children currently enrolled in BJC Youth Education.

Bring the kids for “Maccabee Warrior Training” at 5:30 PM. The kids will have the opportunity to make a Hanukkah card. Then they’ll run the obstacle course to see who can make it as a Maccabee! A delicious Hanukkah dinner with latkes, chicken tenders, sweet and sour meatballs, and more will be served at 6:15. We won’t forget the sufagniyot! Then stay for the Hanukkah Shabbat service at 7:00 PM in Covenant Hall.

Hannukah Family Jam with Auntie A.

Saturday, December 17th | 11:00 AM
Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (1840 University Blvd West, Wheaton, MD)

Celebrate Hannukah with HTAA! Connect your children to Judaism through upbeat, high-energy music and movement! After class, you are invited with their families to join a family-friendly Kiddush in the Social Hall at noon.

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Multigenerational Family Lighting a Menorah

Events During Chanukah

December 18th–26th

JFamily Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 18th | 10:00 AM
Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th Streeet NW, Washington, DC)
$18/family ($15 for EDCJCC members)

Celebrate Chanukah with the JFamily team at the EDCJCC! Our annual Chanukah party, held indoors, will feature a sing-along with children’s entertainer Mr. Ari; Chanukah-themed arts and crafts stations; story time; bouncing; seasonal treats; and more. We will also be collecting donations of new, never-worn kids gloves/mittens (all sizes and colors welcomed) in partnership with D25 Day of Service to help families with young kids who are either currently experiencing homelessness or have transitioned out of homelessness.

Chanukah Fun at Oseh Shalom

Sunday, December 18th | 5:00 PM
Oseh Shalom (7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, MD)

Bring your chanukkiot (menorahs) and celebrate the Festival of Lights with music, dance, dinner, candle lighting, and dreidel games! Fun for the whole family. RSVP preferred to [email protected] Chanukah gift shop sale from 4 – 6 p.m. Come early for adult learning or Jewish papercutting and Chanukah text study with our Rabbis at 4 – 5 p.m.

Northern VA Night of Lights

Sunday, December 18th | 5:30 PM
Village at Leesburg (1606 Village Market Blvd SE, Leesburg, VA)

Join us for a family-oriented, community-wide candle lighting event featuring holiday-themed activities, including latkes, dreidel playing, doughnuts, kids crafts, music, a photo booth and more!

This program is a collaboration of Gesher Jewish Day School, Beth Chaverim, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, PJ Library, Congregation Sha’are Shalom, Friends of the IDF, BBYO, Shoresh, the Jewish National Fund, Capital Camps, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Hanukkah Party

Monday, December 19th | 5:00 PM
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD)

The Lessans Family Literary Series presents a Hanukkah story time celebration. Wendy Bryant, author of Hanukkah Veronica: The Mitzvah Fairy will share her story about the magic of mitzvahs (good deeds). Bender JCC’s CEO Josh Bender will also lead a musical performance followed by our Center menorah lighting! Stick around and enjoy your favorite Hanukkah goodies, crafts, and hot chocolate. This event is perfect for kids and adults of all ages.

Light the Night CommUNITY Menorah Lighting

Tuesday, December 20th | 5:00 PM
Mosaic District (2909 District Ave, Fairfax, VA)

The commUNITY is invited to attend… Everyone welcome! Activities begin at 5:00 PM; Menorah Lighting begins at 5:30 PM. Masks are encouraged. In case of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 3:00 PM and the program will be Zoom only.

Celebrate Chanukah with Jews of Color and Their Families

Thursday, December 22nd | 6:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th Streeet NW, Washington, DC)
Free with RSVP

Come light the menorah, eat delicious latkes, spin some dreidels, and have a great time creating community with other Jews of Color and their families! Please note this holiday celebration is specifically curated for community members who identify as Jews of Color and for their families. If you do not identify as being part of this community, we invite you to attend a different Chanukah event happening at the EDCJCC instead.

Also check out the month’s schedule for Baby Lap Time, Book Buddies, and Growing Grasshoppers, all of which will connect to the holidays!

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menorah with Christmas tree in the background

Events on December 25th

All events are on Sunday, December 25th unless otherwise noted

December 25th Day of Service

Sunday, December 25th, with options leading up to the day

Use Christmas Day to do community service, or get involved in D25 before the day, including a gift drive, gift wrapping, and donating baked goods. Get more details and register (after November 28th) at edcjcc.org/d25

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Chanukah Resources

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

Grown-up & Me: Guided Chat and Play Series

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

First Friday Tot Shabbat & Pot luck

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Gan Shabbat at Agudas Achim

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Judy’s Place – Where Children Shop for Holiday Gifts

Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah Bazaar

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
Photos of Seth Kibel, Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis.

Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch with The Music Pilgrim Trio & Daryl Davis

Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
Fall Back into Summer – Ramah Day Camp Open House

Fall Back into Summer – Ramah Day Camp Open House

Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bim Bom Bags: A Year of Crafts and Fun!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm