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

    Shabbat Chanukah for all Ages!

    December 27 at 5:30 pm

    All are welcome to any part of the evening.

    5:30 pm Family Shabbat Service – Open to all but geared for ages 4-12 and their families. We will use Mishkan T’filah for Youth, the prayer book used in Religious School services. All are then encouraged to join for Shabbat dinner where we will light the Chanukah lights!

    5:30 pm Study Session: Meet Keshet Berlinsky Edry our community shilicha (emissary) from ­Israel! Keshet will talk about bringing light in Israel today, and share a few modern time “nissim” (miracles) in the pursuit of social justice.

    6:15 pm Congregational Shabbat Chanukah Dinner and Chanukiah Challenge!
    The Chanukah dinner has been generously subsidized by the Women of Mount Zion Temple. Your chefs for this dinner are fellow congregants making gluten-dairy free latkes!

    Cost by December 20: $10 adults; $5 kids (11 and under)
    Cost after December 20: $12 adults; $7 kids

    We will sing. All choirs will participate. We will light. We will play dreidel. We will witness the Chanukiah Challenge!
    Bring your own Chanukiah / Menorah to light if you wish!

    7:30 pm Shabbat Chanukah Services – After our Chanukah and Shabbat candle lighting in Margolis Hall, we will continue a festive service in the Sanctuary.


    Chanukiah Challenge
    During Shabbat Dinner, Friday, December 27

    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 Thursday, December 26.

    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 5780.