PJ Library Chanukah Events

Happy Chanukah

Celebrate Chanukah with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Chanukah begins on Sunday, November 28th.  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 6th.

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All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.
Multigenerational Family Lighting a Menorah

Events During Chanukah

Light Up the Night! Virtual Candle Lightings

Sunday–Monday, November 28th–December 5th, 5:30 PM (4:00 PM on Friday, 5:45 PM on Saturday)

Join your friends at Pozez JCC, The Jewish Federation, and Bender JCCGW to light up Chanukah! Bring your chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) to light with us.

Chanukah Grandfriend

Tuesday, November 30th | 4:30 PM
$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 lighting the menorah (candelabrum used for Chanukah). Register by November 19th to receive the project materials in the mail.

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.

Get Your Sprinkles on for Chanukah: Decorate Delicious Donuts

Wednesday, December 1st | 4:30 PM (Pozez JCC, Fairfax, VA) (FULL)

Saturday, December 4th | 1:00 PM (Burke Lake Park, Burke, VA)

Sunday, December 5th | 11:00 AM (Founders Park, Alexandria, VA)

What goes better with Chanukah than donuts? Find your Pozez JCC JFamily Ambassador and decorate a donut on canvas and gather with your fellow Growing Jewish Families.

Shabbat Hanukkah

Friday, December 3rd | 5:00 PM
Washington Hebrew (3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC)

Latke and/or donut lovers, join us for an intergenerational Hanukkah celebration at WHC. We have a slew of ways for you and your family to join us for prayer, food, and fun! We’ll start with Tot Shabbat, Hanukkah activities, games, and dinner, and light the candles together. Get details and RSVP HERE.

Night of 1,000 Menorahs

Friday, December 3rd | 5:30 PM
Temple Shalom (8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD)

Bring your menorah and candles, wear your funny Chanukah sweater (and other warm layers), get to know one another while eating fried foods galore, and learn more about Temple activities and groups. Latkes, mozzarella sticks, sufganiot (donuts), a make your own pasta bowl station, hot chocolate bar, and much more. Register by Friday, November 26th.

Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach Shabbat Family Jam

Saturday, December 4th | 11:00 AM
Agudas Achim (2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA)

Celebrate Shabbat with Morah Ariel, certified Rhythm n’ Ruach instructor, in a warm, fun, and friendly environment. Best for families with children ages 0-5; older siblings welcome. Outdoors if possible, indoors if necessary. Stay and play on the playground afterwards.

Chanukah Stories at the Library: Reston (Virtual)

Saturday, December 4th | 11:00 AM

Learn about the Jewish Festival of Lights through stories and activities with the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families and the Reston Library.

Chanukah-Themed Storytime

Saturday, December 4th | 2:00 PM
National Harbor (150 National Plaza National Harbor, MD)

Join the Prince George’s County Memorial Library and PJ Library as we learn about the celebration of Chanukah through stories, rhymes, and songs. Suited for ages 3-5 but fun the whole family can enjoy.

Chanukah Sing-a-Long with Hazzan Dienstfrey + Stay and Play on the Playground

Sunday, December 5th | 10:00–10:30 AM
Fairlington Playground (3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA)

Join Hazzan Dienstfrey (Agudas Achim) for a Chanukah Sing-a-Long at Fairlington Park from 10-10:30. Bring a blanket and meet near the adult exercise equipment off of South Utah Street. Stay and play on the playground afterwards for as long you like.

Chanukah Israeli-Style + Community Candle Lighting

Sunday, December 5th | 3:30–4:30 PM
Agudas Achim Congregation (2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA)

Join our shlicha (Israeli emissary) Yasmin Drescher and celebrate Chanukah Israeli-style. We’ll decorate sufganiyot (donuts), make and play with sevivonim (dreidels), and share a story. Stay for the outdoor a capella concert and community candle lighting afterwards. Bring your own chanukiyah.

Chanukah Extravaganza

Sunday, December 5th | 4:00–6:00 PM
Tifereth Israel (7701 16th Street NW, Washington, DC)

Light up the 8th Night of Chanukah with the Tifereth Israel community! Enjoy delicious food, a wine bar, kids crafts, learning, and entertainment – there will be something for everyone! Join indoors, outdoors, and virtually!

Light the Night CommUNITY Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 5th | 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.

Minecraftukkah with PJ Our Way and Lost Tribe

Monday, December 6th | 4:30–6:30 PM
$30 per person; sibling discount for additional players in the same household

Celebrate the last night of Chanukah with other tweens while you complete holiday-themed missions and build a chanukiyah (candelabrum used for Chanukah) in a private Minecraft world! Lost Tribe counselors will take you on a journey you’ll never forget!

This program is open to PJ Our Way tweens ages 9-12 years old.

This program is presented in partnership with Adat Shalom, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Beth Israel, Capital Camps, Hill Havurah, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Olam Tikvah, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, Temple B’nai Shalom, Temple Shalom, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins Puppet Show and Playdate


Sunday, December 12th | 3:45 PM
The Puppet Co. Playhouse (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD)
$10/family (up to 5 tickets)
Registration opens soon

The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo is premiering Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, and we want your family to join us! For this puppet show and playdate, please join us on the playground at 3:45 pm, and then enjoy the 4:30 show. This show is best for ages 5 and up.

The Puppet Co requires masks for all audience members over age 2 and proof of vaccination for those who are eligible. The theater has a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing between families.

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

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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menorah with Christmas tree in the background

Events on December 24th

All events are on Friday, December 24th unless otherwise noted

December 24th 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

Military Mitzvah ChanukahMilitary Mitzvah Chanukah Card Project

Now through November 17th

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 November 12th or 17th.


enLIGHTening Chanukah

Tuesday, November 16th | 8:00–9:00 PM

Join the EDCJCC, PJ Library and Milton for an interactive and generative session on how to spice up your Chanukah this year. Light up this year’s Chanukah celebration at your home with ideas for how to tell the Chanukah story in a way that is understandable to all ages, activities, and other prompts to make your Chanukah meaningful, memorable, and fun.

Kids Chanukah BimBom Activity Bag!

Order from your local JCC by November 24th
Join a community Zoom on December 2nd | 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 these hands-on activity kits. During our class on December 2nd, 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. Bags must be ordered by Wednesday, November 24th.

DC Families: Order from the Edlavitch DCJCC

MoCo Families: Order from the Bender JCC

NoVa Families: Order from the Pozez JCC

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Chanukah Resources

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

Prospective Family Information Day

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Virtual Open House Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School: PreK-Grade 1

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Hershel Puppet Show graphic

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Puppet Show and Playdate

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

A Taste of Camp – Ramah Day Camp Open House

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Talk with Dr. Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Date not confirmed.

Wheelchair Accessible

The Home We Build Together

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Capital Camps Open House!

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

The Home We Build Together

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible