Chanukah Events Galore are Upcoming

Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row is illuminated as a menorah to commemorate Chanukah. (Photo provided)

It’s Chanukah time again, and there’s a full slate of events all over Philadelphia. Whether you’re looking to bring the whole family or to attend a celebration with friends, the Exponent’s got you covered, from Boathouse Row to Bensalem.

At 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, the popular Car Menorah Parade returns. Participants are encouraged to order a menorah for their vehicle. Along with the parade, there will be face painting, a balloon artist, crafts, food, live music, juggling, dancing and more. The parade will begin at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 22nd Street, and end at 5th and Arch streets. The event is run by Chabad centers in the Delaware Valley.

Starting on Dec. 2, participating clubs up and down Boathouse Row will light up each night to represent a chanukiah, corresponding to the night of the holiday (with a shamash in the middle). You can expect to see the houses lit by 5 p.m., according to the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, and the lights will continue through the end of the holiday on Dec 9.

That same evening, you can catch the Philadelphia 76ers take on Israeli Omri Cassipi and the Memphis Grizzlies on Jewish Heritage Night at the Wells Fargo Center, organized by Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel. Though the registration date to attend with BZBI has passed, there are still plenty of tickets available for the game.

On Dec. 3, Shady Brook Farms in Yardley will host a candle lighting from 6 to 7 p.m., and attendees will be able to make crafts, sing, dance and more. Admission is free, and nonperishable food items for donation to the local food pantry are requested. At the Ardmore Music Hall, Chabad of the Main Line will host a Chanukah party with candle lighting, a hot dog station, sand art, doughnut decoration, Chanukah gelt and more, beginning at 5 p.m.

Dec. 4, the third night of Chanukah, offers plenty of options for candle lighting. Center City Kehillah will be lighting candles in Rittenhouse Square at 5:15 p.m., and Chabad of Lafayette Hill will do the same at the Plymouth Meeting Mall at 6 p.m., followed by activities for children ages 3-10.

If you can’t make it to either of those, the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown will also host a candle lighting at 6 p.m. In Bensalem, families are invited to attend a Chanukah extravaganza at the Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center. There will a buffet, a mime show, craft stations, raffles and more, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The following evening, still in Doylestown, there will be a Chanukah Storytime for children ages 2-7 at the Doylestown Bookshop at 6:30 p.m., hosted by jkidphilly and Chabad of Doylestown. Attendees are encouraged to bring books for donation to those in need. Families can also head to the Please Touch Museum from 4 to 7 p.m., where children will make oil paintings, work on recipes with the Vetri Mobile Teaching Kitchen and play dreidel.

On Dec. 6, Congregation Rodeph Shalom will host an artist’s talk and reception with latkes and vodka to benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. The talk, beginning at 6 p.m., will be free and open to the public, and tickets for the reception will cost between $75 and $250.

Additionally, the South Street Cinema will host its own latkes and vodka evening, featuring four short films selected for the evening. Admission is free (though a minimum $10 donation is suggested), and the event is intended for ages 21-39. And if neither of those are exactly what you’re looking for, the Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History will host its own latkes and vodka evening, along with a candle-lighting ceremony.

At Franklin Square on Dec. 7, visitors will be treated to dreidel games and seasonal crafts along with candle lighting. Admission will be free for this all-ages event.

Rick Recht will perform on Dec. 8 at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, sponsored by jkidphilly and the Kehillah of BuxMont. Following the show, attendees are invited to take part in a Chanukah mitzvah project and dessert. Admission is free for this event.

On the final night of Chanukah, Dec. 9, Elmwood Park Zoo will be open for regular viewing of the exhibits and animal shows. In addition, the Temple Brith Achim Choir will perform, and the candles will be lit. The event is free with zoo admission.; 215-832-0740


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