Sunday, December 11 | 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Chanukah’s coming early this year to Temple Emanu-El! Bring the entire family for Legos, lights and latkes!

9:30 AM Young Families: Chanukah Celebration in Greenwald Hall with Rabbi Ehrlich and Hadar Orshalimy

10:00 AM Early admission for families with children under 6
11:00 AM General admission for all members

  • DJ-hosted dance party
  • Kid-friendly buffet lunch from Pop-Up Bagels
  • Chanukah treats and Doughnuttery
  • Get an Instagram-ready selfie at our photo booth
  • Chanukah-themed Lego activities with Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Crafts, face painting, a bounce house, and a soft play zone for our youngest members
  • And more!

This event is open to Temple Emanu-El members only. Admission is free but advanced registration is required.

The Temple Emanu-El Chanukah Festival is made possible by the generous support of Sandra and Norman Pessin, Carolyn and Bruce Silberstein, Robert Fagenson, and Michael Israels and Family.

For Adults

Thursday, December 8 | 7:30 PM

Please join Temple Emanu-El’s Young Members Circle for a festive Chanukah celebration featuring a candlelighting led by Rabbi Andy Kahn, light fare, cocktails and music by noted DJ Bea Hardy.

This event is pay-what-you-can, with a minimum suggested donation of $18. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the Temple Emanu-El Philanthropic Fund.

Let There Be Lights:
Chanukah Lamps Through the Ages

Sunday, December 11 | 11:00 AM

Warren Klein, Bernard Museum Curator, will give an illuminating Chanukah lecture, “Let There Be Lights – Chanukah Lamps Through the Ages,” followed by an olive oil demonstration and tasting.

Streicker Outreach Center:
The Night Before Christmas

Saturday, December 24 | 8:00 PM
For 21-39 Year Olds Only | $45

Get your reindeers in order! You know it’s time to celebrate when Christmas Eve and Chanukah overlap on a Saturday night! Register today for our inaugural Night Before Christmas party at Tao Downtown. Come start your Saturday night with all-you-can-eat Asian food, unlimited premium open bar, dancing, fun holiday celebrations and much more. Live music and entertainment will feature DJ Ann Streichman and a special set by rapper Kosha Dillz.

For Families

Emanu-El Downtown
Chanukah Fun House

Thursday, December 8 | 4:00 PM

For Children Ages 0-7 and Their Grown-Ups

Lights! Menorahs! Action! Join us for a multi-sensory pre-Chanukah celebration. Make stuff with The Giant Room. Savor donuts and latkes. And spin the dreidel like no one is watching! We’ll also have some music, a reading nook, and lots of games for babies, kids, and their grown-ups.

Young Families
Chanukah Celebration

Sunday, December 11 | 9:30 AM

Join us for the Chanukah Festival at 10:00 AM afterward! Register for both through the same link.

Get ready to celebrate! We’ll light the candles, eat some latkes and sufganiyot (donuts!), spin the dreidel and sing our favorite Chanukah songs.

Baby Shabbat For Chanukah

Friday, December 16 | 9:15-9:45 AM

Baby Shabbat is a 30-minute program designed for younger siblings of Nursery School children, though all children younger than 12 months are welcome to attend. Enjoy the company of other families as we anticipate Shabbat with music, blessings and a taste of challah. There is no charge for this program.

Free to attend. This program will be broadcast live on Experience Emanu-El, Facebook and YouTube.

An Everlasting Light

A musical evening celebrating Chanukah, conceived and sponsored by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.

Wednesday, December 14 | 6:30 PM

Following the jubilant success of last year’s performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to Temple Emanu-El to curate and perform this very special Chanukah celebration featuring soprano Angel Blue, the versatile orchestra collective The Knights, and the powerhouse Brooklyn Youth Chorus! The performance, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, with cantorial soloist Steven Fox and commentary by Shalom Goldman of Middlebury College, will begin with selections from Handel’s celebrated oratorio on Chanukah themes. It will also feature some of his most exquisite arias, and then offer an exploration of the work of contemporary composers and modern masters, including a work by Carlos Simon written especially for Costanzo and the BYC, and a 20th-century reimagining of traditional folk music.

Donate Now
Tikkun Olam and Lifelong Learning Holiday Toy Drive

Lifelong Learning and the Tikkun Olam Committee are currently holding a Holiday Toy Drive. All toys collected will be donated to Part of the Solution.

Click the links below to donate through our Amazon Wish Lists, which will deliver the toys directly to Temple Emanu-El. The last day to donate is December 20.

Ages 0-3

Ages 3-6

Ages 6-9

Ages 9-12

Sunset Services

December 18-22, 25-26 at 5:30 PM

A tradition for over 75 years, the Readers Panel will light the candles of Chanukah during their nightly Sunset Service. Join these 30-minute services online via our website, or on Facebook and YouTube.