Chanukah 5780

Chanukah 5780

Chanukah 5780 begins the evening of Sunday, December 22, and CBI presents (appropriately enough) eight ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights with our community, ensuring that your Chanukah will be full light, laughter … and latkes!


Chanukah Happenings


Sisterhood Chanukah Art and Gift Sale
Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15, 9:00 AM
Blumhauer Auditorium

Support CBI’s education programming and stock up for Chanukah. There will be art, jewelry, Judaica—and an array of tasty holiday treats!


Latkes and Vodkas
Sunday, December 15, 2:00 PM
Blumhauer Auditorium

Join Brotherhood for one of the tastiest events on the CBI calendar….and do your best to win the title of Number One Latke Chef. Brotherhood provides the basics: potatoes, oil, onions. You provide the secret ingredients and techniques of your choice. Will this year’s victor use a recipe that’s been in his family for generations? Go a little Portland fusion and incorporate wasabi? The only way to find out is to come hungry to Latkes and Vodkas! If you’re cooking, come at 1:00 PM… if you’re tasting, come hungry at 2:00 PM.


Sisterhood’s Second Annual Chanukah White Elephant Party!
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 PM
SE Portland Home of Robyn Urbach

Bring a funny, fantastic, or festive WRAPPED item for the gift exchange. It must be something you already have or no longer want. The first person opens a gift. On subsequent turns, each person has the choice to either unwrap a new present or “steal” another’s. The game is over when everyone has a present. Please also bring menstruation products to donate for those in need (no plastic applicators, please). Light appetizers, desserts and libations of all kinds will be served. There is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood. RSVP to Robyn Urbach.


Chanukah Family Celebration and Shabbat Service
Friday, December 20, 6:00 PM
Goodman Hall

Put on your ugly Chanukah sweater and join us for our annual Chanukah celebration. We’re a little early this year, but we will still enjoy a lively Friday evening Shabbat Service and light candles together! As always, this is an incredibly fun night for families with kids of all ages. We’ll have booths with games, eat latkes, and enjoy music and Chanukah stories!


PARTY Chanukah Overnight
Friday, December 20, 5:45 PM – Saturday, December 21, 10:00 AM
Goodman Hall

PARTY is hosting a Chanukah shul-in (overnight) here at Temple! Teens will assist with CBI’s Chanukah Family Celebration, then head to an escape room. Once we make our escape, we will return to CBI for a movie, snacks, and light programming! Everyone going can expect: fun late night snacks, community service hours, tons of latkes, new friends and a lot of fun! Pick up and drop off is at CBI. Cost for this event is $25 per teen, and the first 15 people to sign up will get surprise swag! Please email Chelsea for details.


Mini Mensch Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 22, 10:30 AM
Hillboro Public Library (2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy)

The Mini Mensches invite you to join us in celebrating the first night of Chanukah together! We will read a story with Rabbi Cahana, light the first candle (a little bit early) and sing songs with Kim Schneiderman. Snacks, Chanukah gelt, and dreidels will also make a special appearance! This event is free and open to all. All ages are welcome and programming is aimed towards kids ages 0-5. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chelsea with any questions.


Sharing the Light Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 21, 7:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Sunday, December 22, 4:00 PM
Congregation Beth Israel, Main Sanctuary

In the spirit of our unique and beautiful holiday traditions, join us for a joyful musical collaboration between Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland Community Orchestra, Pacific Youth Choir, and Congregation Beth Israel’s Kol Echad congregational choir. Trinity’s annual Wassail Party follows the Saturday performance, while Congregation Beth Israel will light the Chanukiah and share Chanukah treats following Sunday’s. Tickets are available online.


Rabbi Joseph’s Annual Chanukah Open House
Wednesday, December 25 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rabbi Joseph’s Home (RSVP for address)

Celebrate Chanukah with Rabbi Joseph in her new home! Light candles, eat latkes (and Chinese food!), and enjoy an evening with your CBI community. Remember, Rabbi Joseph has moved this year, so please RSVP for her new address to the CBI Main Office at (503) 222-1069.


Chanukah Giving: CBI Winter Coat Drive

It’s cold out there, and Portland children need to keep warm. In conjunction with Project Lemonade, an organization that offers a year-round free store where youth in foster care can shop for clothing and accessories. Bring your new or gently-used coats by the CBI Main Office during the week, to the Education Office on Sundays, to collection bins at Shabbat services, or when you join us for our Chanukah Family Program on Friday, December 20!


Chanukah Resources

Learn about the Chanukah blessings here

What is the story of Chanukah?

Chanukah for Tots!

How do you light the Chanukah Menorah?

Listen to some Chanukah Music!

Chanukah Activities, Recipes, and Crafts

Chanukah Lanterns

Israeli Sweet Cheese ‘Levivot’

Creating your own Olive Oil

Homemade Applesauce

Learn to play Dreidel

Potato Latke Recipe

Incredible, Edible Chanukiot

Sweet Potato Latkes (vegan)


Thank You, Sisterhood!

Every year, your WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood sends Chanukah (and Purim!) care packages to congregants’ children enrolled in college, graduate school, professional educational programs, and military service. Our students love getting our packages filled with seasonal treats, dreidels and gelt, a student directory, a note from Rabbi Cahana, and more.
Want to make sure your child is included in the upcoming Purim mailing? Please contact Kathleen Doctor with your student’s name, email address, college or branch of service, mailing address, year in school, permission for inclusion in student email directory, and dietary restrictions. We want to make sure everyone is included!

This is a free service made possible by the Urman Family College Communication Fund. Donations are always welcome.