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 on the evening of Sunday, December 22 lasting until the evening of Monday, December 30, 2019.

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



2019 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 2019 Hanukkah Celebrations

The Klezmatics "Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie"
Sunday, December 8, 2019: @ 3PM
Enlow Recital Hall
Kean Stage
215 North Avenue
Hillside, NJ
On-line Tickets
Tickets: $40 - $50
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 Sounds of Hannukah
Sunday, December 15, 2019: 3pm - 5 PM
COJECO @ Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
Tickets
Tickets; $10-$15
This family event features a musical performance and interactive workshop by Lopatnik Zhenya, Build your own lego Chanukiyah by talented Perlman Camp staff, and Sufganiot and goody bags for children.

Shomrei Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 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, jelly donuts, games for the kids.

The Chatham Bourough Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22, 2019: @6 p.m.
Reasoner Park
Chatham, NJ 07928
Webpage
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.

Franklin Lakes Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 5:30PM (Rain or shine)
Franklin Lakes Borough Hal
480 DeKorte Drive 
Franklin Lakes, NJ
201-891-4000  
Website
At 5:30 PM, dozen cars decked out with electric rooftop Chanukah Menorahs will take to the roadway in a mini parade, arriving at Franklin Lakes Borough Hall for the Annual Menorah Lighting with Mayor Bivona.

The Great Menorah Parade & Gelt Drop
Sunday, December 22, 2019; 3:30pm Glen Rock; 4:30pm Wyckoff; 5:30pm Franklin Lakes; 6:30pm Mahwah.
201-848-0449
Website
Chabad of North West Bergen County is kicking off the 8 nights of Hanukkah with a Car Menorah Parade that will be stopping to light menorahs in Glen Rock, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes and Mahwah. There will also be hot food, Chanukah giveaways and a 'gelt drop' from a ladder fire truck in Franklin Lakes. The schedule is as follows: 3:30pm Kilroy's Supermarket 288 Rock Rd, Glen Rock, NJ 07452; 4:30pm Wyckoff Town Hall 340 Franklin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481; 5:30pm Franklin Lakes Borough Hall 480 De Korte Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417; 6:30pm Mahwah Municipal Building 475 Corporate Dr, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Schedule is subject to change so please check with Chabad of NWBC as Hanukah gets closer.

West Orange Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22, 2019; @6:15 p.m
Roseland Borough Hall
140 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, N.J
Website
This event features music singing & refreshments With Blessings and remarks byRabbi Kasowitz. Menorah Lighting @ 6:30pm

Mount Olive Community Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22, 2019; 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Municipal Building
204 Flanders Drakestown Road
Mt. Olive, NJ
Website
Free
Come join in to celebrate the Festival of Lights. There will be the Menorah lighting @ 6:30pm, free latkas, doughnuts, dreidels and Jewish music.

Old Tappan Community Chanukah Festival
Sunday, December 22, 2019: 6:00pm
Oakes Park
Central Ave.
Old Tappan, NJ
Website
This event features a grand community Gelt drop and Menorah lighting at Experience a Chanukah of joy, warmth and unity. This event is open to the entire community and will include live music, Chanukah gelt, latkes & donuts and more.

River Vale Hanukkah Menorah Lighting and Celebration
Sunday, December 22, 2019; 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!

East Hanover Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Town Hall
411 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ
Website
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.

Florham Park Menorah Lighting
December 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Florham Park Gazebo
111 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, NJ
973-410-5390
Website
This event features the Menorah Lighting celebrated by Cantor Jonathon Comisar, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Torah in Florham Park. All are welcome!



Central Jersey 2019 Hanukkah Celebrations

The Edison Township Menorah and Hanukkah Celebration
Wednesday, December 18, 2019; 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!

Palmer Square Annual Menorah Lighting

Thursday, December 19, 2019: @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. 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!

Hanukkah Family Dinner
Friday, December 20, 2019; @ 6:30 pm
Temple Beth Miriam
180 Lincoln Ave
Elberon, NJ
Website
$10/adult/$5 child/ max $35/family (up to 3 children) RSVP by December 1tth by calling the temple office: 732-222-3754 or signups@bethmiriam.org
The event features Kabbalat Shabbat @ 7:30 PM with a Fabulous Hannukah Dinner 7:00 PM. Includes Chicken, Latkes, Desserts, and Dreidel Playing.
Bring your menorah and candles.

Latkes, Drinks, and Dreidels

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @7:30 pm
The Wave
110 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ
732-229-2424
Website
Cost: $65/person (RSVP Necessary)
Pre-Chanukah comedy night for adults. Featuring Modi interactive Dreidel competition, Sushi, Latke Bar, drinks.

Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22, 2019; 6pm
Riley Park
Main Street
Bradley Beach
732-776-2999
Website
The annual Menorah lighting will take place in Riley Park after sundown. Refreshments to follow at the Biase Center, next to Borough Hall.

Chanukah Carnival

Sunday, December 22, 2019: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Center for Jewish Life
176 Rt 79 North
Marlboro, NJ
Website / 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.

A Klesmer Music Chanukah Party & Concert
Sunday, December 22, 2019: 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.

Red Bank Menorah Lighting
December 22, 2019 @ 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

Chanukah on Ice
Monday December 23, 2019; 5pm - 6:30pm
Pier Village Ice Skating Ring
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Fun for the entire family
Donuts, Latkes, Ice Skating, & Giant Menorah Lighting.

Freehold Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 23rd, 2019; 5 pm - 5:30PM
Hall of Records
Freehold, NJ 07728
Website
Members of the community can enjoy lively music, latkes and doughnuts.

Jackson Township - Menorah Lighting
Monday December 23, 2019; 4:30- 6:00pm
Jackson Township Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Highway
732-580-0514
Website
Presented by Bat Shalom Hadassah, The festivities include, kosher refreshments, official greetings, Chanukah songs, and the Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Chanukah at the Mall
December 26, 2019: 6pm
Monmouth Mall
Food Court
180 Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ
Website
This celebration features The Hillel School Choir, family entertainment, Dreidels, donuts and the Grand Menoral Lighting.

4th Annual Asbury Park Menorah Lighting
December 29, 2019; 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!

Skyzone family Fun Day
Sunday, December 29, 2019; 9:30 am - 12 noon
Skysone Indoor Trampoline Park
2355 State Highway 66
Ocean Twp, NJ
Website
Cost: $20/child
Freestyle jumping, pizza, donutes, and Giant Menorah Lighting



Southern Jersey 2019 Hanukkah Celebrations

Cherry Hill Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Monday, December 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm, Free event
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ
856-488-7868
Website
The Township will kick-off the start of the holiday season with our annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony commemorating the start of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. They will bring the traditional sounds of the season with special guest performers and will light our Menorah and Christmas Tree

Hanukkah Fireworks at KBA

Sunday, December 22, 2019; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Kellman Brown Academy
1007 Laurel Oak Road
Vorhees, NJ
Website
This celebration of the festival of Lights features a Hanukkah candle lighting, songs, donuts, hot chocolate, crafts, games, and an awesome fireworks display.

Cherry Hill Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22, 2019: 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!

Medford Festival of Lights Public Menorah Kindling Ceremony
Monday, December 23, 2019 @6:00pm
Corner of Main Street and Allen
Medford, NJ
Website
Admission: Free
This celebration features the lighting of the giant Menorah, music, latkes, donuts, dreidels, cookie decorations, gelt, crafts and family fun. Immediately after the kindling, we will walk to Chabad in Medford @ 74 South Main St. for some delicious latkes and donuts, and family fun.

Chanukah on Ice
Wednesday, December 25, 2019: from 3:00 - 5:00 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. $100 Sponsor Ticket prices include skate rental, doughnuts and drinks.
Fun for all ages! Open to the Public. The event will begin with open 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 carved and lit during the festivities. The Menorah will stand over 5 feet tall and weigh over 400 pounds!

Haddonfield Menorah Lighting
Saturday, December 28, 2019: at 7:30 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.




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