Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls at the time of year when the days are shortest in the northern hemisphere. It celebrates resilience and strength, and reminds us that even in the darkest time of year, there is light and an opportunity to celebrate. This Hanukkah, choose from an abundance of classes and special community events, and bring more light to your holiday! Whether you want to pack in eight full days of learning, join for a 5-minute candle-lighting, or attend a musical extravaganza, you will find it here. Learn about the mystical aspects of Hanukkah; light candles with communities across the globe; attend a virtual Hanukkah cooking session; watch the world premiere of Season 3 of Shtisel; and get a glimpse into the history and artistry of the Menorah. Check out the wide array of unique events from My Jewish Learning and our partners!
My Jewish Learning Events
Thursday, December 10 – Thursday December 17
Join My Jewish Learning for live community candle-lighting every night of Hanukkah! Please register for the Zoom link and complete schedule.
Monday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET
In this class with My Jewish Learning, we will explore the powerful underlying message of Hanukkah: to bring light to our lives in the darkest time of year. Reb Simcha Raphael will help us discover pathways to a meaningful Jewish spiritual life during this time of pandemic anxiety, through the lens of the themes of Hanukkah.
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Join My Jewish Learning to learn about the history and artistry of the 7-branched Menorah, from the ancient Temple to the modern State of Israel. Judaica Artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren explores the various forms of the menorah, and its meanings and significance as a Jewish symbol.
New Rules Judaism: Hanukkah Recreation is a three-session workshop series, two before the holiday plus one sharing session, to help you develop rituals and experiences that will make the holiday more powerful for you, your family, and your friends during this strange pandemic Hanukkah.
Applied Jewish Spirituality
Wednesday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET
This class taught by Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein will focus on kabbalistic teachings and practices for bringing the hidden light of Hanukkah into our lives.
December 10; December 13-17 at 5:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. ET
Join Hadar faculty throughout Hanukkah to learn, connect, and light the Hanukkah candles together.
Spend each night of Hanukkah in a different place around the globe! Visit Turkey, Italy, Russia, Spain, and more over the course of the Hanukkah holiday.
December 10-17 at 10:00 p.m. -10:20 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. PT
Join to light the Hanukkah candles together and learn from HaMaqom educators to celebrate sharing Jewish wisdom.
Skirball Cultural Center
Sunday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. PT
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this online extravaganza from Skirball Cultural Center, based in Los Angeles. Groove to Klezmer beats, jam to psychedelic funk, and gather for a puppetry performance. Streamed to YouTube.
World Union for Progressive Judaism and Central Synagogue
Sunday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET
This Hanukkah celebration will feature Mayim Bialik, Peter Yarrow, and more! Streamed live to Central Synagogue’s YouTube channel.
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Hanukkah is an opportunity to learn, sing, and celebrate the triumphs of resilience and survival, past and present. With musician Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Aviva Richman.
Jewish Federation of Seattle
December 17 at 11:00 p.m. ET/ 8:00 p.m. PT
Set up a menorah, prepare candles for the 8th night, and join friends from across the community for a unique celebration to share the light of Hanukkah despite physical distance!
Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
Thursday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET
You are invited for the exclusive opportunity to join the 3rd season world premiere of this wildly popular Israeli television series. The event includes a live discussion with the cast and a Hanukkah candlelighting.
Who is obligated to light Hanukkah candles? What are the blessings? How long do the candles have to burn? Learn the answers to these questions and more, in a self-guided sourcesheet from Sefaria.