Chanukah at Emanu-El

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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.

Check out the music video for Kosha Dillz’s latest single, “Happy Chinooka (A Hanukkah Song).” As racism and antisemitism surge, he’s linked up with Gangstagrass to create a bluegrass hip-hop Hanukkah hit.

Ease your mind and soothe your soul with DJ Ann Streichman’s latest track, “Emotional Devotion.” This magnetic song was created in collaboration with Dutch powerhouse Moodssupply. You can check out the song on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

A tradition for over 75 years, the Readers Panel will light the candles of Chanukah during their nightly Sunset Service from Sunday, December 18 through Thursday, December 22 and on Sunday, December 25 at 5:30 PM.

Join these 30-minute services online at Experience Emanu-El, or on Facebook and YouTube.

This program will be available to view on YouTube and Experience Emanu-El until December 21.

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.

Temple Emanu-El’s Chanukah Festival on December 11 was featured on ABC7 News and WPIX 11. Check out the video!


The whole Temple Emanu-El community gathered together to enjoy Legos, lights and latkes on Sunday, December 11! Festivities began with Young Families: Chanukah Celebration in Greenwald Hall with Rabbi Ehrlich and Hadar Orshalimy and continued with a DJ-hosted dance party, treats from Pop-Up Bagels and Doughnuttery, Chanukah-themed Lego activities with Bricks 4 Kidz, a bounce house and more! Warren Klein, Bernard Museum Curator, presented an illuminating lecture, “Let There Be Lights: Chanukah Lamps Through the Ages,” which was followed by an olive oil demonstration and tasting. Thank you to everyone for making this celebration a huge success!

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.

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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.

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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.