The first candle of Hanukkah will not be lighted until Tuesday at sundown, but the celebrations have already begun. Patch has compiled a list of festivities happening around town during the coming week, so read on for all the details, and enjoy the holiday.
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HanukkahMania! Sunday, December 18 at 9 a.m.
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel's Iris Family Center invites you to a morning of art projects and Hanukkah treats, including the creation of “Peace Poles” and a Recyclable Family Menorah contest. Please bring in a brown bag filled with food items to be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry. Free; Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd, South Orange
Celebrate Hanukkah with the JCSS! Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m.
Join the Jewish Cultural School & Society (JCSS), a “secular synagogue”, at the DeHart Community Center for a celebration of the Festival of Lights with songs, stories, crafts and a pot-luck lunch. Families and friends of any faith (or none) are welcome. Free; 120 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood
Dreidels n’ Doughnuts Hanukkah Party Tuesday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The Maplewood Jewish Center will host a Hanukkah Party that will include dinner, music, a raffle, Hanukkah trivia, the Grand Dreidel Game, face painting, lighting of the Menorah, and more. $12/person, $45/family; Congregation Beth Ephraim-Maplewood Jewish Center, 113 Parker Avenue, Maplewood
Hanukkah Candle Lighting Wednesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Bring your Hanukkah menorahs, candles and singing voices to Beth El as we gather in the Social Hall to light our menorahs, sing Chanukah songs and eat sufganiyot (doughnuts). Free; Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave, South Orange
Community Menorah Lighting Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to the Community Menorah Lighting to be held at Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village to celebrate the Festival of Light! Free; Maplewood Village, Maplewood Ave & Highland Pl, Maplewood
Community Shabbat Hanukkah Services and Dinner Friday, December 23 at 6:15 p.m.
Congregation Beth El invites everyone to attend Shabbat services and a dinner to follow to celebrate Hanukkah. $18 for adult and $10 for children with a $50 max per family; Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave, South Orange