Celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey:
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Hanukkah (Chanukah) Eight Day Jewish Festival

Hanukkah (Chanukah) is an Eight Day Jewish Festival Also known as the "Festival of Lights".
This year, the eight day Jewish festival of lights will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 2 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 10, 2018.


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

2018 Hanukkah Celebrations 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 2018 Hanukkah Celebrations

The Klezmatics "Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie"
Thursday, November 29, 2018: @ 7:30PM
The South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ
Box Office: (973) 313-2787
On-line Tickets
Tickets: $30-$45
The Klezmatics are world-renowned Grammy-winning klezmer superstars. Join them in celebration of the Festival of Lights with "Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie." You'll soon feel the warm embrace of family tradition as the seasonal music envelops your senses and wraps you in the memories of a shared history.

COJECO NJ Chanukah Family Festival
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
COJECO @ Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
Tickets
Tickets; $20
This family event features an original FolksbineRu Kompot play "Simon's Journey - a Hannukah Miracle" where a kind young ambitious light-filled boy, Simon makes his way to America. On his journey, he's shipwrecked and marooned on an iceberg. Through these obstacles, Simon doesn't give up the Chanukah celebration. He befriends a polar bear on the iceberg and together they share this Chanukah light and a sense of kindness towards one another. One good deed leads to another. A family quest by Eden Village Camp Chanukah Fun Trivia & Karaoke by Yellow Quiz Candle lighting ceremony and traditional Chanukah delicacies.

West Orange Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018; @6:15 p.m
Roseland Borough Hall
140 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, N.J
Website
This event features Blessings, remarks and Holiday Songs with Rabbi Kasowitz. Menorah Lighting @ 6:30pm with Mayor John Duthie and the Roseland Council (Rain or Shine). @ 6 : 45 p.m. Reception with refreshmets.

Mahwah Menorah Lighting

Monday. December 3, 2018 at 6 p.m
Mahwah Town Hall/Senior Center
475 Corporate Dr
Mahwah, NJ
Website
This event features live music, hot Chanukah refreshments, costumed characters, children's entertainment & Chanukah crafts in the senior center following the ceremony.

Mount Olive Community Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Monday, December 3, 2018; 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Municipal Building
204 Flanders Drakestown Road
Mt. Olive, NJ
Facebook Page
Free
Come join in to celebrate the Festival of Lights. They'll light the menorah, sing songs, and have snacks.

River Vale Hanukkah Menorah Lighting and Celebration
Wednesday, December 5, 2018; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Community Center
628 Rivervale Road.
Rivervale, NJ
201-476-0157
Website
Following the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah, they will move indoors to the Community Center where guests will be offered some delicious treats compliments of the Valley Chabad as well as games and prizes, and a Chanukah Gelt Drop!

Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 6 PM (Rain or shine)
Franklin Lakes Borough Hal
480 DeKorte Drive 
Franklin Lakes, NJ
201-891-4000  
Website
Hot refreshments, children's entertainment, and arts and crafts will be presented at the Ambulance Corps building following the ceremony.

Shomrei Hanukkah Party!
December 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregation Shomrei Emunah (Jewish Synagogue)
67 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Website
Cost: $5 per person (children under 1 free)
Contact: lzelenetz@shomrei.org (973) 746-5031
Open to the public!  Invite friends and family!
Celebrate Hanukkah with our community. Live music (the Shomrei Simcha Band), latkes, donuts, games for the kids.

The Chatham Bourough Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018: @6 p.m.
The Gazebo
Firehouse Plaza
Fairmount Ave.
Chatham, NJ 07928
Refreshments following the lighting will be served in the Gazebo. All residents and business people are invited to join the Mayor and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.

East Hanover Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Town Hall
411 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ
On the fifth night of Hanukkah, refreshments following the lighting will be served inside Town Hall. All residents and business people are invited to join the Mayor and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.

Central Jersey 2018 Hanukkah Celebrations

3rd Annual Asbury Park Menorah Lighting
December 2, 2018; 6pm
Kennedy Park (Corner of Cookman & Grand, next to Cross & Orange)
Asbury Park, NJ
Website
Rabbi Yaakov Greenberg and Chabad of the Shore will be officiating, as well as providing refreshments and dreidels to all!

Chanukah Carnival

Sunday, December 2, 2018: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Center for Jewish Life
176 Rt 79 North
Marlboro, NJ
Tickets
Celebrate Chanukah with your entire family. Fun for all ages. Arts & Crafts, Game Booths with prizes. Donut Decorating, Moon Bounce, Face Painting & Tattoos, Menorah Lighting, Pizza, and a Hebrew School Performance.
Online special: $15 At the door: $18 per child (ages 2 - 12) Includes all games and pizza lunch.

Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Riley Park
Main Street
Bradley Beach
732-776-2999
Website
The annual Menorah lighting will take place in Riley Park after sundown.

A Klesmer Music Chanukah Party & Concert
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 6 pm
The Howard Berger Chabad House
324 Applegarth Road
Monroe Twp, NJ
Website
RSVP 609 409-1000
Come celebrate Chanukah with a Menorah lighting, a party, Chinese Buffet, and music by the Ed Goldberg Band.

Latkes, Drinks, and Dreidels
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @7:30 pm
Detour Gallery
24 Clay St.
Red Bank, NJ
732-229-2424
Website
Cost: $65/person (RSVP Necessary)
Chanukah comedy night for adults.

The Edison Township Menorah and Hanukkah Celebration
Monday, December 3, 2018; 7:00PM
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
Website
For more information, call 732-494-3232.
Join in on the lighting of the Edison Township Menorah and Chanukah Celebration! Dignitaries, JCC staff and community members will be in the gym for the lighting of the menorah. The festivities continue with music, entertainment and light refreshments for all. This is a free event!

Freehold Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 3rd, 2018; 5 pm - 5:30PM
Hall of Records
Freehold, NJ 07728
Website
Members of the community can enjoy lively music, latkes and doughnuts.

Red Bank Menorah Lighting
December 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Riverside Garden Park
40 W Front St
Red Bank, NJ
Website
Join in as the they light the Menorah, sing Chanukah songs and dance

Skyzone family Fun Day
Sunday, December 9, 2018; 9:30 am - 12 noon
Skysone Indoor Trampoline Park
2355 State Highway 66
Ocean Twp, NJ
Website
Cost: 420/child
Freestyle jumping, pizza, donutes, and Giant Menorah Lighting

Chanukah on Ice
December 6, 2018; 4pm - 5:30pm
Pier Village Ice Skating Ring
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Fun for the entire family
Donuts, Latkes, Ice Skating, & Giant Menorah Lighting.

Palmer Square Annual Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 6, 2018: @5:30pm
North Plaza on Hulfish Street in front of Mediterra restaurant.
Princeton, NJ
Website
Celebrating the 5th Night of Chanukah sponsored by Palmer Square and The Jewish Center Led by Rabbi Adam Feldman and Cantor Jeff Warschauer of The Jewish Center of Princeton Enjoy holiday food and live music – a free event open to the community!

Chanukah Together
December 7, 2018; @ 6 pm
Temple Beth Miriam
180 Lincoln Ave
Elberon, NJ
Website
$10/person - max $30/family (up to 3 children) RSVP by December 1st by calling the temple office: 732-222-3754 or signups@bethmiriam.org
The event features Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 PM with a Fabulous Hannukah Dinner 7:00 PM. Includes Chicken, Latkes, Desserts, and Dreidel Playing.
Bring your menorah and candles.

Hanukkah Breakfast
Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Congregation B'nai Tikvah
1001 Finnegans Lane
North Brunswick NJ 08902
Website/Tickets
Celebrating 70 Years of Isreal and the modern day Macabees. Featuring Brig. General Eli Ben Meir, former chief of intelligence of IDF. Breakfast will be served.


Southern Jersey 2018 Hanukkah Celebrations

"Festival of Lights" - Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
December 2nd, 2018: Event begins at 11:30 am.
WheatonArts Glass Studio
1501 Glasstown Rd.
Millville, NJ 08332
For more information, call the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties at 856.696.4445
Website
This family event memorializes the Maccabees who recaptured the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century B.C. and the miracle they witnessed. This "Festival of Lights" series of events to celebrate Hanukkah will include a Menorah lighting, hot latkes, doughnuts, music, crafts, and a dreidel competition and fun for the entire family! All are welcome to this unique opportunity to experience a Jewish cultural tradition.

Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 5:00PM
Barclays shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Menorah standing at 18 feet tall. Following the kindling, there will be Chinese finger food sponsored by Cherry Grill, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels and family fun. NO RSVP required!

Cherry Hill Holiday Lighting Ceremony
December 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm, Free
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ
856-488-7868
Website
Welcome the holiday season as a community. Join Mayor Cahn and Town Council as we kick-off the start of the holiday season with a festive celebration commemorating the start of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Area youth choirs and musicians will bring you the traditional sounds of the season. There will even be a special appearance by Santa!

Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 @6:00pm
Corner of Main Street and Allen
Medford, NJ
Website
Admission: Free
Immediately after the kindling, we will walk to Chabad in Medford @ 74 South Main St. for some delicious latkes and donuts, and family fun.

Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 5, 2018: at 6:00 PM
Library Point
60 N. Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
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.

Chanukah on Ice
Saturday, December 8, 2018: from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, 
The Flyer's Skate Zone 
601 Laurel Oak Rd. 
Voorhees, NJ
(856) 874-1500
Website & Tickets
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!



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