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".

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

This year, Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights will begin at sundown on Sunday, November 28th and ends Monday, December 6th, 2021. The first candle is lit on the Chanukiah (menorah) on this date.

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 worshipping 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




Note: 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.

2021 Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey

Northern Jersey 2021 Hanukkah Celebrations

COJECO NJ Artful Chanukah
Sunday, November 21, 2021; 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
All Bright Center
9-10 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ
Tickets
Tickets; $10
Please join COJECO NJ Artful Chanukah bash, where children ages 3-10 will learn about this light-filled holiday through arts, story time and games. Participants will make and decorate their own menorah and dreidl and have tons of fun. Advanced registration is required as spots are very limited. Please purchase tickets for every attending child. Accompanying adult comes for free.

Hiking the Holidays: Hanukkah
Sunday, November 21st, 2021: 10:00am - 11:00am
Mills Reservation County Park
Normal Ave &, Reservoir Dr,
Cedar Grove, NJ
Website
Free Event
Meet at The parking lot on Normal Ave.
Join Rabbinic Intern Lily Lucey for an opportunity to make a personal and communal engagement with Hanukkah, while walking together in the beautiful natural environment. All ages welcome. This event is entirely outside, so please dress for the weather! We will walk together mindfully and stop for a group activity and discussion. This is a mild to moderate walk on a hiking trail. It can be muddy in some areas and the ground is a little uneven and rocky in some areas.

Glen Rock Hanukkah Menorah
Each night from November 28 to December 6, 2021 @5pm
outside of Kilroy's Wonder Market
288 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ
Website
Jewish residents will light the Menorah each of the eight nights of Hanukkah
On Monday, November 29, at 5 p.m., the community is invited to a candle-lighting celebration hosted by the Jewish Families of Glen Rock, a private group of residents; the Chabad Jewish Center of Northwest Bergen County; and the Glen Rock Jewish Center. The event will include singing, holiday food, and activities for children. Families will see the return of the 50-foot chocolate gelt drop, courtesy of Downes Tree Service. All neighbors are welcome to attend; no registration is necessary.

Chanukah Monte Carlo

Monday, November 29, 2021; 8:00 PM
Barsky Gallery
49 Harrison Street
Hoboken, NJ
Tickets
Join Mesorah for the ultimate Chanukah event: Chanukah Monte Carlo! Enjoy our open bar, games, raffles, sushi menorahs (yes, menorahs made of sushi!) donuts and more with other young professionals from New Jersey!

Montclair Chanukah Fest & Grand Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29th, 2021; 5:30 PM – 7 PM
5 Seymour Street
Montclair, NJ
Facebook
Free event
Features Nissam Black live in concert.

Roseland Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29, 2021; 6:15pm
Monument Park in front of Borough Hall
140 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ
Website
Welcoming remarks and the ceremonial lighting will take place at 6:30 pm. Music, singing, and refreshments are in store!
Pre-Registration is NOT required to attend.

Wayne Car Menorah Parade
Monday, November 29th, 2021; 5:30pm
Chabad Center
194 Ratzer Road
Wayne, NJ
Website
Free event
Every car will receive a Chanukah party box to enjoy during the parade Start on Ratzer Road, finish at the Wayne municipal building for public Menorah lighting.

Chanukah Celebration
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
295 Closter Dock Road
Closter, NJ
Website
201-937-6562
Menorah lighting @6pm, latkes/doughnuts, Hot drinks, Music & Dancing.

Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, November 30, 2021; 5:00 PM (Rain or shine)
Franklin Lakes Borough Hal
480 DeKorte Drive 
Franklin Lakes, NJ
201-891-4000  
Website
Join Rabbi Kaplan and Mayor Bivona for the annual Menorah Lighting and Dreidel Drop Celebration. The event is sponsored by Chabad of Northwest Bergen County. Dreidel drop from the Franklin Lakes Fire Dept. ladder truck and hot refreshments.

River Vale Hanukkah Menorah Lighting and Celebration
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021; 5:30pm
Outside Town Hall
Near the Tennis Courts
Rivervale, NJ
201-664-2346
Website
There will be a large Ice Melt, light up Glow Show, and a Fire Truck Gelt Drop., latkes, doughnuts, Music, and Children's prizes.

Chanukah Drive-In Party
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021; 5:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El
756 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ
908-232-6770
Website - Registration
Meet in the parking lot as we join together to Celebrate the Festival of Lights. We will sing songs with the clergy, eat from the Glazed and Confused Donut Truck, and watch the Chanukah Rugrats episode.

The Green Village Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021; at 6pm.
The Menorah is located in the Green Village Triangle across from the Green Village Fire Department.
Chatham, NJ
Website
(973) 635-4600
Refreshments following the lighting will be served. All residents and businesspeople are invited to join the Mayor and local town officials in the lighting of the menorah.




Central Jersey 2021 Hanukkah Celebrations

Chanukah Carnival
Sunday, November 28, 2021; Noon - 2:30 PM
Center for Jewish Life
176 Rt 79 North
Marlboro, NJ
Registration
732-316-7600
Features Arts & Crafts ♦ Edible Menorahs ♦ Donut Decorating ♦ Game Booths with prizes ♦ Menorah Lighting ♦ Hebrew School Performance
Includes all games and pizza lunch
Admission: Online Special $15; $18 at the door.

Jackson Menorah Lighting and Fire Show
Sunday, November 28, 2021: 4:30 pm
The White Butterfly
200 N. County Line Road
Jackson, NJ 08701
Website
732-523-5112
Free event

Skyzone Chamukah Party
November 28, 2021; 10:30am - 12:00pm
SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park
2355 state Hgy 66
Ocean Township, NJ
Tickets
Cost: $20/child
Freestyle jumping, pizza, doughnuts, Chanukah Arts & Crafts, Giant Menorah Lighting

Freehold Menorah Lighting

Monday, November 29th, 2021; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hall of Records
Freehold, NJ 07728
Website
Members of the community can enjoy lively music, latkes and doughnuts.

Red Bank Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29th, 2021
Riverside Gardens Park
42 West Front Street
Red Bank, Nj
Website
Join Rabbi Marc Kline as we begin the Festival of Lights by lighting the menorah!

Town Hall Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29, 2021; 5pm - 6:30pm
Ocean Township Municipal Hall
399 Monmouth Rd,
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Web Site
Contact: Moshe Carlebach, Phone: 732-433-0800, Email: Rabbim@waysideshul.org
Event Cost: Free
Join Chabad of Greater Monmouth County, along with our Mayor and other dignitaries kindle the largest Menorah in town! Right at the corner of Deal and Monmouth Road, help us spread the #light to our community and beyond. Featuring : Ventriloquist Show, Donuts, Hot Latkes, Music and more.

The Edison Township Menorah and Hanukkah Celebration
November 30th, 2021; 7:00PM
The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ
732-494-3232
Website
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!

Drinks and Dreidels - A Chanukah Soiree
Tuesday, November 30, 2021; @7pm
Jumping Brook Country Club
210 Jumping Brook Rd,
Neptune City, NJ 07753
Web Site
Event Cost: $55
Laugh, Shmooze, and share a LeChaim with friends. A spectacular Chanukah experience, complete with buffet dinner, open bar, comedian entertainment, and an inspiring communal Menorah lighting.
Buffet Cocktail, Attire Ages 21+

Pier Village Menorah Lighting
November 30, 2021: 6:00 PM
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Fun for the entire family,Rabbi Laibel Schapiro and Rabbi Yaakov Greenberg from the Chabad of the Shore will officiate the lighting. See the spectacular window displays, shop and indulge yourself with the delicious food and libations from the restaurants. The Menorah Lighting will take place rain or shine, all ages with all CDC recommended COVID-19 safety and social distancing guidelines in place with face coverings required.

Annual Asbury Park Menorah Lighting
December 1, 2021; 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!

Jackson Township - Menorah Lighting
December 1, 2021; 4:30- 6:00pm
Jackson Township Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Highway
732-580-0514
Website
Presented by Chabad of Jackson. The festivities include, kosher refreshments, official greetings, Chanukah songs, and the Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

Monroe Township Light, Laughter and Latkes
Wednesday, December 1, 2021; @6pm
Chabad House of Monroe
324 Applegarth Road
Monroe Twp, NJ
(609) 409-1000
Website
Cost: $20
Menorah lighting, latkes/doughnuts, & chocolate gelt.

Car Menorah Parade for Seniors 
Sunday, December 5th, 2021; @2:30pm
Leaving from Chabad of the Shore
620 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Website/Sign-up
732-229-2424
Free event
Leaving from Chabad of the Shore 2:30pm Ending at Shrewsbury's Public Menorah Lighting Shrewsbury Borough Hall - 419 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury, NJ
Bringing joy to 5 local senior citizens centers.
Hanukkah car flags & magnets provided.

Chanukah On Ice at the Howell Ice Arena
Sunday, December 5th, 2031; 5pm - 6:30pm
Howell Ice Arena
269 Squanquam Road
Farmingdale, NJ
Web Site
Where the fire of the Chanukah Menorah will meet the ice rink!
Skate to Jewish music, enjoy some Latkes and pizza! Have a great time with your friends and family!

Palmer Square Annual Menorah Lighting
December 5, 2021 : @4pm - 5pm
Nassau Inn Patio
10 Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ
Website
Celebrating the 5th Night of Chanukah sponsored by Palmer Square and The Jewish Center. The event features great music, great food and great fun for everyone. It has been a tradition for many years to celebrate Hanukah – a free event open to the community!




Southern Jersey 2021 Hanukkah Celebrations

Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, November 28th, 2021; 6:00PM
Barclays shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
Free event
This event features a huge Menorah standing at 18 feet tall. There will be delicious latkes and donut, music, dreidels, Gelt, & more.

Gallaway Hanukah Celebration of Lights
Monday, November 29th, 2021: at 5pm.
Municipal Complex
300 E Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, NJ
609-241-0692
Website

Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29, 2021: @ 6pm
Library Point
60 N. Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
this event features Latkes, Donutes, Music, Chanukah Cheer, and the public Menorah Lighting

Chanukah Village Walk
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, @5:00pm
Main Street
Medford, NJ
Website
Admission: Free
Enjoy an enriching holiday experience for the whole family as Main Street Medford celebrates Chanukah.
The event features Latkes, Donuts and Hot Cider, Photo Booth, Chanukah Video Truck Presentation, Chanukah Beer at the Brewery, Crafts & Activities, Judah Maccabee, Holiday fun at Game on Arcade, Music and More!
@ 6:30pm Grand Menorah Lighting Corner Main Street & Allen

Chanukah Latke Party @ Chabad
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021; @7:00pm
Chabad Chai Center
6605 Atlantic Ave
Ventnor, NJ
Website
Donation $10 per person
Join the Chabad family for an evening of latkes and fun Enjoy delicious sizzling latkes, a beautiful menorah lighting ceremony, and exciting games and activities.
RSVP 609-833-8500 or info@chabadac.com

Hanukkah Fireworks at KBA
Sunday, December 5th, 2021; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Kellman Brown Academy
1007 Laurel Oak Road
Vorhees, NJ
Website
Free; Open to the Community
This celebration of the festival of Lights features a Hanukkah candle lighting, songs, donuts, hot chocolate, crafts, games, and an awesome fireworks display.

South Jersey's Annual Car Menorah Parade!
Sunday, December 5th, 2021; 'Gear Up' 3:15pm • Depart 4:00pm
The Chabad Center
1925 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
Website/RSVP
Departure from The Chabad Center 1925 Kresson Road End with a Grand Outdoor Menorah Lighting at 5:00pm - open to all!
Parade through town with a car-top Menorah and police escort bringing safe and fun Chanukah cheer to the streets of Cherry Hill!