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 Begins on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and ends Wednesday, December 20, 2017


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

2017 Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey

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Northern Jersey 2017 Hanukkah Celebations

Florham Park Menorah Lighting
December 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Florham Park Gazebo
111 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, NJ
Website
The lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah is always a festive occasion and we always enjoy the signing of songs and of course the eating the traditional "latkes". It's a fun evening for all. Hope to see you there! All are welcome!


Mount Olive Community Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Municipal Building
204 Flanders Drakestown Road
Mt. Olive, NJ
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Free
Come join in to celebrate the Festival of Lights. They'll light the menorah, sing songs, and have snacks.

River Vale - Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 12, 2017; @ 6;30 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!


West Orange Menorah Lighting

Tuesday, December 12, 2017; @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.

2017 Bergen County Hanukkah and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December 13, 2017
Bergen County Administration Building
One Bergen County Plaza
First Floor Lobby
Hackensack, New Jersey.
website
The ceremony will be take place from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

Madison Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
Madison Train Station
Kings Rd
Madison, NJ 07940
Website
Refreshments will follow inside the Hartley Dodge Memorial building.


Shomrei Hanukkah Party!
Sunday, December 17, 2017: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Congregation Shomrei Emunah (Jewish Synagogue)
67 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Website & Tickets $5 per person (children under 1 free)
Open to the public!  Invite friends and family!
Homemade Latkes, Jelly doughnuts, and “heavy nosh” Games & Activity booths for the kids! Live music from the Simcha Band!
@ 6:00pm Group Hanukkah Menorah lighting (bring your own Menorah and candles)

Mahwah Menorah Lighting
Monday. December 18, 2017 at 5:30 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.


The Klezmatics – Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie
December 21, 2017; @7:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 Sopac Way,
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-313-2787
Website
For Hanukkah, the foremost and best-loved Klezmer band offers a program from their Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Woody Guthrie's recently discovered lyrics. The Klezmatics bring their hip, East Village sensibility to this favorite time of year, when candles and family

Celebrate Chanukah with the NJ Devils
Sunday, December 21, 2017
Prudential Center
Newark, N.J
732-296-1800
Chabad Menorah Lighting at Intermission


Central Jersey 2017 Hanukkah Celebations

Annual Holiday Lighting at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Exit 116, Garden State Parkway (on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center)
Holmdel, NJ
(732) 335-0033
Website
The ceremony includes the lighting of a Christmas tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanzaa.

Chanukah Carnival

Sunday, December 10, 2017; Noon - €“ 2:30 p.m.
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 *Hebrew School Performance ONLINE SPECIAL - $15 admission At the door - $18 Complimentary admission to partner families .

Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting

December 12, 2017
Riley Park
Main Street
Bradley Beach
732-776-2999
Website
The annual Menorah lighting will take place in Riley Park after sundown.

Palmer Square Annual Menorah Lighting

December 14, 2017, 5pm - 6pm ( Rain or shine)
North Plaza on Hulfish Street in front of Mediterra restaurant.
Princeton, NJ
Website
Join special guest speakers and the Odessa Klezmer Band us as we light our Menorah! Afterwards, there will be music and refreshments in the Senior Room at the Nassau Inn.

Red Bank Menorah Lighting
December 13, 2017@ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Red Bank Train Station
Bridge Avenue
Red Bank, NJ
Website
Join in as the they light the Menorah, sing Chanukah songs and dance

The Edison Township Menorah and Hanukkah Celebration
Thursday, December 14, 2017; 7:00PM
JCC of Middlesex
Edison, NJ
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!

Jackson Township - Menorah Lighting
Monday December 18, 2017,4:30- 6:00pm
Jackson Township Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Highway
732-833-0799
Website
Presented by Bat Shalom Hadassah, The festivities include, kosher refreshments, official greetings, Chanukah songs, and the Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Chanukah on Ice
December 18, 2017; 4pm - 5:30pm
Pier Village Ice Skating Ring
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Fun for the entire family
Donuts, Latkes, Ice Skating, & Giant Menorah Lighting.

Chanukah Party - Monroe Twp
December 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Chabad House of Monroe
4 Kelly Ct.
Monroe Twp, NJ
Website
RSVP 609 409-1000
Come celebrate Chanukah with a party & Chinese Buffet.

Chanukah at Monmouth Mall
Sunday, December 21, 2017 @5:30 pm
Monmouth Mall Food Court
Eatontown, NJ
732-229-2424
Website
Spectacular entertainment from Bubblemania, Live Music, Jelly Donuts. Free Chanukah Crafts, Menorah will be kindled by dignitaries and community leaders.

Chesed for Hanukah
Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Congregation B'nai Tikvah
1001 Finnegans Lane
North Brunswick NJ 08902
732-297-0696
Website
Bring home made or store bought cookies or candy and containers to package stuff. All ages are welcome!


Southern Jersey 2017 Hanukkah Celebations

Pre-Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
December 10th, 2017: Event begins at 11:30 am.
WheatonArts Glass Studio
1501 Glasstown Rd.
Millville, NJ 08332
856-696-4445; For reservations and information call the Jewish Federation
Website
The Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties is sponsoring a "Festival of Lights" series of events to celebrate Hanukkah, including a pre-Hanukkah Menorah lighting. Enjoy 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 Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm, Free
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ
856-488-7868
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.

Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 @6:00pm
Corner of Main Street and Allen
Medford, NJ
Website
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.

Haddonfield Menorah Lighting

Wednesday, December 13, 2017: 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 16, 2017: from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, 
The Flyer's Skate Zone 
601 Laurel Oak Rd. 
Voorhees, NJ
(856) 874-1500
Website & Tickets
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!

Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 17, 2017: 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!




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