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


    December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    An exciting new event hosted by SPORTY for kids and adults ages 4 and up.

    We are inviting anyone interested to come to Margolis Hall on Saturday, December 1st at 5pm for Dinner, Havdalah and a night of gift making!  Learn how to make Lego Mezuzahs, Candle holders, Jewelry, and much more! Don’t know what to get that friend who already has it all?  Everyone loves a handmade gift!

    $10 for Adults $5 for kids! (Prices will increase at the door. Some crafts may also have additional material charges). All profits go to SPORTY so they can plan and run fun youth group events!

    Prime Timers Chanukah Party

    December 5, 2018 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Come join us for the annual Prime Timers Chanukah Party with a gift exchange ($5 or less).  Brian Serle will lead us in singing our favorite Chanukah songs. We will meet at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share. Our party will follow lunch. Please RSVP by Dec. 3 to Joan Newmark.  We will meet in Margolis Hall.

    Shabbat Chanukah for all Ages!

    December 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    First Night of Chanukah: Sunday, December 2 / 25 Kislev

    All are welcome to any part of the evening.

    5:15 pm Congregational Shabbat Chanukah Dinner!
    Sponsored and subsidized by Women of Mount Zion Temple (WMZT). Catered by Spirit of Asia: Salads, latkes, hummus and veggies, cheese platters, and macaroni and cheese. Gluten-free and Dairy-free options available.

    Cost by November 30: $8 adults; $5 kids (12 and under).
    Cost after November 30: $12 adults; $5 kids

    We will sing. We will light. We will play dreidel.
    Bring your own Chanukiah / Menorah to light if you wish!

    6:30 pm – Shabbat Chanukah Services / Chanukiah Challenge Awards!
    After our Chanukah and Shabbat candle lighting in Margolis Hall, we will continue with a festive service in the Sanctuary that will be done by 7:30 pm.

    Chanukiah Challenge: We challenge children and all interested adults to come up with the cleverest, wildest, wackiest, lightest-up-thenightest, Chanukah menorah for our Chanukiah Challenge. Use any material you want. Make it large or small. It doesn’t have to work, but it must look like a chanukiah. Adults may help! All entries must be brought to the Temple office by Wednesday, December 5.

    Make sure your own name is attached to your entry and … please name your chanukiah! (Examples: CeeDees Chanukah Lights! (made of CDs); Sew many candles, sew little time…(made of thread spindles); Happy ChanIKEA! (made of many parts!).

    Every entry receives a prize and a certificate! Show us what you can do and enter the Chanukiah Challenge 5779.