Celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey

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Hanukkah in New Jersey


Hanukkah (Chanukah) is an Eight Day Jewish Festival Also known as the "Festival of Lights"

This year the eight day Jewish festival of lights runs from sundown on Sunday, December 6 and ending in the evening of Monday, December 14, 2015.









Hanukkah, the Hebrew word for dedication, commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem which was vandalized after the Greek King of Syria forbade the Jews from worship-ping or practicing many of their faith's rituals. The temple was reclaimed after a battle with the Syrian army for eight days and nights in 165 B.C.


The holiday is celebrated by the lighting of the menorah. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the temple, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil. Each night of the festival of lights, another light on the menorah is lit until all eight lamps shine on the eighth night.


Hanukkah is also a joyful celebration, especially for children. After lighting the Hanukkah candles together, families and invited guests will eat and play games. Traditional Hanukkah food is oil-rich in commemoration of the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. Potato pancakes are a Hanukkah favorite. Israelis eat Hanukkah dough nuts called soofganiot. Dreidel (sivovon in Hebrew) is a traditional Hanukkah game, with game rules so simple that the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents can play together. The custom of giving Hanukkah gelt (money) to children has evolved into a gift-giving tradition in many Jewish families today



2015 Celebrations of Hanukkah in New Jersey

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event


Northern Jersey Hanukkah Events

A Season of Miracles

Sunday, December 6, 2015; @1:30PM

The Bickford Theatre

Morris Museum

6 Normandy Heights Road

Morristown, NJ

Website & Tickets

Recommended for ages 3-9. Tickets:$10 Members / $12 General Public. Tickets purchased on-line will be available at the Will Call desk on the day of the performance.

Note: This is an Autism-Friendly Theatre Performance

A sparkling collection of holiday stories from different cultures including Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Crafted and set to music by Tony-Award winner Larry Hochman, this magical presentation is designed to warm the hearts and perhaps change the perspective of young audiences as they think about the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.


The Chathams' Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 6:00pm
The Gazebo
Firehouse Plaza
Fairmount Ave.
Chatham, NJ 07928

On the first night of Hanukkah, the Menorah lighting take place with Mayor Bruce Harris on hand. Refreshments will be served in the gazebo following the lighting ceremony


East Hanover Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Town Hall
411 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ

The Menorah Lighting will be held on the second night of Hanukkah with Mayor Joseph Pannullo participating in the ceremony. Refreshments will be served in Town Hall following the menorah lighting.


River Vale - Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:30pm
The Council Chambers in Town Hall
River vale, NJ
Following the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah, they will move indoors to the Town Council Chambers where guests will be offered some delicious treats compliments of the Valley Chabad as well as games and prizes.


Wyckoff Menorah Lighting & Carving!
Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Wyckoff Town Hall
340 Franklin Ave
Wyckoff, NJ
The event features live music, hot Chanukah refreshments, glow-giveaways and Chanukah Gelt.


Florham Park Menorah Lighting

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @6pm
Florham Park Gazebo

111 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Par, NJ

The Menorah lighting will take place on the third night of Hanukkah . Mayor Mark Taylor is among the dignitaries expected to attend. The menorah lighting will be followed by refreshments served in the gazebo.
Special Raffle for all Children! The lighting will be followed by latkes and treats in the Gazebo


Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Franklin Lakes Borough Hall
Franklin Lakes, NJ
This event is accompanied by live music, hot Chanukah refreshments, glow-giveaways, a grand raffle and children's Chanukah crafts at the Ambulance Corps building.


Madison Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Madison Train Station
Kings Rd
Madison, NJ 07940
The Madison Menorah Lighting is held on the fifth night of Hanukkah with Mayor Robert Conley joining in the ceremony. Refreshments will follow inside the Hartley Dodge Memorial building.


Mahwah Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Mahwah Town Hall
475 Corporate Dr
Mahwah, NJ
This event features live music, hot Chanukah refreshments, costumed characters, glow-giveaways and children's Chanukah crafts in the senior center following the ceremony.






Central Jersey Hanukkah Events


Holmdel Township Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 3, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Town Hall
Holmdel, NJ
Held together with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy an evening out with family, friends and neighbors. A surprise visitor will be there! Come to Town Hall and help with the countdown for the lights to be turned on.


Annual Holiday Lighting at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Exit 116, Garden State Parkway (on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center)
Holmdel, NJ
The ceremony includes the lighting of a Christmas tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanzaa.


Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Riley Park
Main Street
Bradley Beach
The annual Menorah lighting will take place in Riley Park after sundown


Red Bank Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @6:00pm
Red Bank Train Station
Bridge Avenue
Red Bank
Join in as the they light the Menorah, sing Chanukah songs and dance


Jackson Township - Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 9, 2015; 4:30- 6:00pm
Jackson Township Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Highway

Presented by Bat Shalom Hadassah, The festivities include, kosher refreshments, official greetings, Chanukah songs, and the Menorah Lighting Ceremony


Freehold Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 5pm
Hall of Records
Main Street,


Lambertville Festival of Lights
Thursday, December 10, 2015; @6:30 p.m.
Corner of Union and Bridge Streets.
Lambertville NJ
There will be food, singing, and light. This event is presented by the Chabad of Hunterdon County. Hear the story of Chanukah, enjoy singing, Chanukah Gelt, Latkes, and free Menorahs


The Dreidel House - Hanukkah fun for Kids

Sunday, December 13, 2015; 10:30am-12:00pm
Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe

261 Gravel Hill Rd

Monroe Twp NJ 08831


This fun event for kids will feature crafts, Hannukah treats and more.


Monroe Township Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
State Park Perrineville Rd, corner prospect Plains
Monroe Township, NJ

After the menorah lighting the cans will be donated to local food pantries. Stop & Shop of Monroe (in the Cafeteria). 1600 Perrineville Road, Monroe Twp.








Southern Jersey Hanukkah Events


Cherry Hill Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 @ 6:30 pm, Free
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ
Welcome the holiday season as a community. The Township's Mayor will light the Hanukkah Menorah and Christmas Tree as a symbol of this special time of year. Area youth choirs and musicians will bring you the traditional sounds of the season. Light refreshments will be served.


Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 5:30pm
Barclays shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Menorah standing at 18 feet tall. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.


Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM 
Library Point
60 N. Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ
856 - 874-1500
The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on feature Public dignitaries and community leaders to assist in kindling the giant Menorah. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels and family fun.


Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:00PM
Corner of Main Street and Allen
Medford, NJ
For information, contact Chabad of Medford at 609-451-3522
Immediately after the kindling, there will be a program featuring delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.


Chanukah on Ice
Saturday Night, December 12, 2015, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, 
The Flyer's Skate Zone 
601 Laurel Oak Rd. 
Voorhees, NJ 
Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance. 
Ticket prices include skate rental, doughnuts and drinks.
Fun for all ages! Open to the Public. The event features skating where children and adults can skate to contemporary Jewish music and classic Chanukah songs.  To add to the fun we will also be making a Chanukah art project to take home.   In addition, guests will be invited to watch a giant Chanukah Ice Menorah actually being lit during the festivities. The Menorah will stand over 5 feet tall and weigh over 400 pounds!


South Jersey's Annual Car Menorah Parade
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Parade leaves The Chabad Center
1925 Kresson Rd.
West Berlin, NJ

856-874-1500 ext 302
4:30pm: - Place Menorah on top of car
5:00 - Parade leaves The Chabad Center, 1925 Kresson Rd.
5:45 - Parade destination - Sahara Sam's Oasis (535 New Jersey 73, West Berlin, NJ)
6:00 - Menorah Lighting at Sahara Sams

The parade is joined by a police escort, the Cherry Hill Fire Dept. and the Diggerland Truck Sambulance.

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