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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, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights will begin Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 10, 2020 and continues through Friday, December 18, 2020. 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

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2020 Hanukkah Celebrations in New Jersey

Northern Jersey 2020 Hanukkah Celebrations

Chanukah Drive-Through
December 10 - 17, 2020
Temple Emanu-El
756 East Broad Street
Please enter through the Clergy driveway not through the main parking lot entrance.
Westfield, NJ
908-232-6770
Website - Registration
Free event donations accepted
Join in for each night of Chanukah as they celebrate the festival of lights!
For details and registration, please visit the web site above

Drive-Thru Chanukah Experience
Sunday, December 13, 2020; Starts @ 5pm
Chabad of NW Bergen County
375 Pulis Ave
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Facebook Page
Part 1 - Approximate run-time: 20 Minutes From the safety of your car, you will literally drive-thru the Chanukah story as multiple illustrations, props and actors bring the 2500-year-old Chanukah story to life. Guided by professional voiceovers, you will experience the Chanukah events as it would be happening in real-time. You'll also receive different Chanukah foods on your way, meet [at a distance] the Chanukah characters, participate in a challenge and pick up souvenirs as you travel through the Chanukah story.
Part 2 - Approximate run-time: 15 Minutes At the conclusion of the program, you'll have the option of enjoying Chanukah sufganiyot decorating and a fun Chanukah craft in a partially enclosed and heated tent.

Closter – Drive In Menorah Lighting Fire Show
December 13, 2020; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chabad Shul of Closter
515 Piermont Road
Closter, NJ
Website/RSVP
201-937-6562
Free event
This event will feature a Fire show, a giant LED Menorah, Dreidels, Donuts, Hot Cocoa, Music, Latkes and more.

Montclair Drive-In Chanukah Spectacular
Sunday, December 13, 2020; 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Lackawanna Plaza Parking Lot
(east side of Grove St.) Enter on the corner of Grove St./Glen Ridge Ave.
Montclair, NJ
Website/RSVP
This event is Free & open to all. Limited space available - RSVP Required
This fun event is a drive-in Chanukah celebration with an Immersive Multimedia Chanukah show with music videos and digital games. You will get to meet the Dreidel Mascot and other activities including: the BMX Stunt Bike Show, Grand Menorah Lighting, Chanukah Swag Bag, with doughnuts, Gelt, and prizes.

Wayne Car Menorah Parade for Seniors
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @5;30pm
Chabad Center
194 Ratzer Road
Wayne, NJ
Websisite/Registration
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.





Central Jersey 2020 Hanukkah Celebrations

Drive-in Chanukah
Thursday, December 10, 2020; 3:30pm
Chabad House of Monroe
Parking lot
324 Applegarth Road
Monroe Twp, NJ
(609) 409-1000
Website
Free Event
RSVP required chanukah@jewishmonroe.com
Menorah lighting, latkes/doughnuts, & chocolate gelt delivered to your car.

Hanukkah on-line Family Dinner
Thursday, December 10, 2020; @ 7 pm
Temple Beth Miriam
Zoom Room 589-198-4173
Password: 181818
Website
Bring your menorah and candles & Sing along by cantor Camhi.

Pier Village Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10, 2020; 4:30pm
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Fun for the entire family, Rabbi Laibel Schapiro 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.

Car Menorah Parade for Seniors 
Sunday, December 13, 2020; @1pm
Leaving from Chabad of the Shore
620 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Website/Sign-up
732-229-2424
Free event
Bringing joy to 5 local senior citizens centers.
Hanukkah car flags & magnets provided.

Chanukah Carnival
Sunday, December 13, 2020: 10am - 12 PM
Center for Jewish Life
176 Rt 79 North
Marlboro, NJ
RSVP
732-316-7600
Exclusively for Hebrew School Students ♦ Arts & Crafts ♦ Edible Menorahs ♦ Donut Decorating ♦ Menorah Lighting

Palmer Square Annual Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 13, 2020: @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!
*Masks and social distancing are required!*

Jackson Car Menorah Parade & Drive-in Menorah Lighting
Sunday, Dcember 13, 2020: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Prospect Plaza
265 S. New Prospect Road
Website/Registration
Free event
The parade will start at Prospect Plaza and travel to local senior centers. Top your car with a Menorah! Residents will be watching from the window!
At 5pm there will be a menorah lighting, and crafts and prizes for kids.





Southern Jersey 2020 Hanukkah Celebrations

Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10, 2020; 6:00PM
Barclays shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
Free event
This yearthere will be two options to Celebrate the Festival of Lights: in person socially distanced & virtual live streamed.
This event features a huge Menorah standing at 18 feet tall. There will be delicious latkes and donuts & more.
Click here to join in Virtually
Click here to RSVP in person

Hanukkah Zoom Celebration
December 10 through December 17, 2020
Temple Beth Sholom
1901 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
856-751-6663
Website
This year we are focusing on sharing light of Hanukkah with our community in several different ways. There are opportunities for lighting the Hanukkiah together, resources to connect you to the holiday and the TBS family in your homes, and an initiative to help bring light to those in need. Please look through the subsites to learn more about how we are celebrating Hanukkah this year.
Hanukkah begins on Thursday night! Join us with a Zoom candle lighting at 5:30 pm on December 10, led by our clergy. Please note that all candle lightings will be virtual. There will be a special candle lighting on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 pm with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky. Thanks to nearly 50 volunteers, each local family will receive a special TBS Hanukkah Bag filled with supplies to help us share the light and celebrate Hanukkah as a community, even while we are apart. Bags are currently out for delivery and will be delivered by Tuesday, December 8. If you live out of town, your bag was shipped and you should receive it by Thursday, December 10. We would like to thank the TBS Board of Directors for their generosity in making these Hanukkah Bags possible.
The dial in number is 929-205-6099 and password is 5781 for all nights.
December 10 at 5:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559 December 11 at 4:10 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559 December 12 at 5:15 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 988 2560 5206 December 13 at 7:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559 December 14 at 5:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559 December 15 at 5:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559 December 16 at 4:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 977 9318 1641 December 17 at 5:30 pm Zoom - Meeting ID: 932 6307 0559

Cherry Hill Car Menorah Parade & Menorah Lighting
December 13, 2020; 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Shabad Center
1925 Kresson Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ
Website/ Reserve your spot
(856) 874-1500
Free event
This year's Car Menorah Parade will be led by the Cherry Hill Police Department.
At 5:00pm there will be a Socially distanced Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Ventnor City Menorah Lighting – Grand Menorah Lighting and Fire Show
December 13, 2020; 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chabad Chai Center
6605 Atlantic Ave
Ventnor, NJ
Website
609-822-8500
Free event
Putting a new spin on the Chanukah theme of illuminating the world, they will combine a Fire Juggling Show with their Annual Grand Menorah Lighting. Attensees will enjoy doughnuts and latkes, as well as music performed by a children's choir.

Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Monday, December 14, 2020, @6:00pm
Corner of Main Street and Allen
Tomlinson Park
Medford, NJ
Website
Admission: Free
This celebration features the lighting of the giant Menorah. Followed by Safe Festivities in their Chabad tent with music, latkes, donuts, & more.
To join in person - click here
To join live virtual event - click here

Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 15, 2020: @ 6pm
Library Point
60 N. Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ
856 - 874-1500
Website
Click here to join in person
Click here to join in virtually