Chanukah

Chanukah

Chanukah 5782 starts on Sunday, November 28.

Whether you’re a mini mensch eating donuts for dinner, learning how Chanukah came to be seen as “Jewish Christmas” with our Adult Education Committee, gathering for our annual Chanukah Family Celebration and Shabbat Service, Zooming in for nightly candle lightings, or enjoying a world-class klezmer concert, you can expect eight nights of Chanukah light, fun, and community at CBI. Our full schedule and details are below


 

Chanukah Winter Coat Drive

Leading up to and throughout the Chanukah holiday, CBI’s Social Action Committee will be holding a winter coat drive for the Refugee Care Collective. Please plan to drop off new or gently-used winter coats of any size at

  • Rabbi Joseph’s Chanukah Open House on Monday, November 29
  • Chanukah Family Celebration and Shabbat Evening Service on Friday, December 3
  • Religious School on Sunday, December 5 or Sunday, December 12
  • Donations are also welcome at the Schnitzer Family Center during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM). Ring the bell to be let in and look for the collection bins at the base of the stairs.

 


Zoom Candle Lighting | First Night of Chanukah
Sunday, November 28, 6:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Join the Cahanas via Zoom as they light candles for the first night of Chanukah.

Chanukah Open House | Second Night of Chanukah
Monday, November 29, 5:00-7:00 PM
Home of Rabbi Rachel Joseph; RSVP for NEW address by Tuesday, November 23
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Rabbi Joseph welcomes members to her annual Chanukah open house; those who can’t attend in person are welcome to join the candle lighting via Zoom at 6:00 PM.

The Historicity of Chanukah | Third Night of Chanukah
Tuesday, November 30, 6:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Zoom in for candle lighting with Rabbi Cahana, followed by an exploration of Chanukah celebrations in the United States—including how the holiday came to be viewed as “Jewish Christmas”—led by Ron Silver and presented by CBI’s Adult Education Committee.

Sharing the Light: a Social Action Candle Lighting | Fourth Night of Chanukah
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

CBI’s Social Action Committee lights the candles and leads a conversation on climate justice with youth advocates and US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamicci.

Sisterhood Candle Lighting | Fifth Night of Chanukah
Thursday, December 2, 6:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684


Join the leadership of the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood as they light candles for the fifth night of Chanukah.

Donuts for Dinner | Sixth Night of Chanukah
Friday, December 3, 4:00 PM
CBI Plaza

Mini-mensches (and their lucky grownups) get donuts for dinner! Join us on the CBI Plaza for songs, sweets, and our playful Chanukah light display. We’ll light candles together at 5:00 PM.

Chanukah Family Celebration and Shabbat Service | Sixth Night of Chanukah
Friday, December 3, 6:00 PM
Main Sanctuary

CBI’s annual Chanukah Celebration and Shabbat Service, complete with stories, songs, lights and treats, is in-person once more! The festivities will be a little different this year: we’ll be in the Main Sanctuary, the service will be a bit shorter, and the donuts will be to-go…but the warmth and light will be the same as always!

Can’t make it to the event itself? Join us via our livestream.
Join via our livestream

 

Chanukah Date Night and Community Candle Lighting | Seventh Night of Chanukah
With special guests from URJ Camp Kalsman
Saturday, December 4, 5:00 PM
Goodman Hall; Register online

Our friends at URJ Camp Kalsman co-host a fun “kids’ night in” complete with dinner, crafts, and the chance to lead a community candle lighting—all while their parents enjoy an evening out on their own! All are welcome to Zoom in for the kid-led community candle lighting at 6:00 PM.

For kids who enjoyed date night, parents who enjoyed some grownup only time, and all families interested in learning more about summers at URJ Camp Kalsman, camp leadership will be on campus Sunday, December 5 to share more information (and possibly fun Camp Kalsman swag!).

Can’t make it to the event itself? Zoom in for the candle lighting at 6:00 PM.
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Community Candle Lighting | Eighth Night of Chanukah
Sunday, December 5, 4:00 PM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 837 7834 4684

Zoom in to light candles together as the holiday comes to a close–and a world-class klezmer concert begins. Concert tickets are available to purchase here.

Joyful Journey: a Jazz and Klezmer Extravaganza
Sunday, December 5, 4:00 PM
Main Sanctuary
Purchase Tickets Here
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The Portland Chamber Orchestra is coming to CBI this December with “Joyful Journey: a Jazz and Klezmer Extravaganza” featuring renowned clarinetist David Krakauer, who is widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet. Concert tickets are available here.