Chanukah at Mount Zion

Chanukah is the eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. At Mount Zion, we celebrate Chanukah with a light meal of latkes and festive salads, followed by a Shabbat Chanukah Service where we light candles with songs and blessings. Some year’s we have a Chanukiah Challenge, where we invite the children of the Temple to come up with the cleverest, wildest, wackiest, lightest-up-the-nightest Chanukah menorah! Learn more about Chanukah.

Chanukah Events


    Make this Chanukah brighter than ever!

    Thu December 10 - Thu December 17

    A Mount Zion Community Gathering Every Night of Chanukah! Join us to light your Chanukah candles with MZ staff, clergy, and members of the congregation. We will sing the blessings and Chanukah songs and schmooze with a few surprises. Please … Continue reading »

    Community Chanukah Dinner and Candle Lighting

    Thu December 10 at 6:00 pm

    Sponsored by Women of Mount Zion Temple, Brotherhood, and Mount Zion Temple. Join us for a Virtual Community Chanukah Dinner at 6 pm and then a Chanukah Candle Lighting at 7 pm. All events on Zoom. Optional: Order a Dinner … Continue reading »

    ChanuCraft

    Sun December 13 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    We will be meeting on Zoom for the annual ChanuCraft fundraiser, hosted by SPORTY (Mount Zion’s own high school youth group). The event is perfect for individuals or for the whole family! You will have the option to select as … Continue reading »

    Fire, Freedom, and Fun!

    Sun December 13 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

    A Chanukah Parade Publicizing the Miracle of Chanukah (Pirsum Haneis / פרסום הנס) Join us in a car parade along Summit Avenue, from Mount Zion to the Capitol. Decorate your car in whatever fun, fancy, or funky Chanukah way you’d … Continue reading »

For Families: Experiential ideas for each night of Chanukah

Spotify Playlist: Happy Chanukah Mount Zion! An eclectic collection of music to celebrate Chag Urim / The Festival of Lights

Art for all ages: Have You Made Art About it Yet? Chanukah Edition
Thursday, December 17, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Presented by The Jewish Studio Project; A workshop incorporating text study and artmaking. You do not need to be an artist to participate! 

Spiritual Practice: Chanukah: A Half-Day of Spiritual Practice and Rededication
Sunday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Presented by The Institute for Jewish Spirituality – An online Jewish mindfulness retreat.

Study and Special Offerings: Various offerings presented by “Hadar”
A series of special offerings that both recognizes the difficulty of this moment and offers support from each other and our spiritual tradition. Together, we will study, sing, reflect, and brighten up the long nights.