Chanukah 5784 will begin on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

Chanukah begins the evening of Thursday, December 7, and we’ve set up programs to bring light, warmth, and joy across our community.

Enjoy  music, stories, and serious décor at our Chanukah Family Shabbat at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 8; spend quality time with your community and clergy while enjoying latke and poke at Rabbi Joseph’s Chanukah Open House on Saturday, December 9 at 4:00 PM (New Members) and 5:00 PM (CBI Community); explore the holiday and have a blast at a special Chanukah Fair for kids in PreK through 2nd grade on Sunday, December 10, and join us that evening at 4:00 PM for  Sanctuary for Humanity: An Interfaith Healing Concert.

Click here to download the Chanukah blessings

Nut Butter Drive 

Now through December, CBI’s Social Action Committee will be collecting peanut and other nut butters–the number one requested item nationwide–for LiftUP (formerly Lift Urban Portland). Peanut and other nut butters are shelf-stable, high in protein, and popular with all ages, making your donation particularly impactful for LiftUP’s food-insecure clientele. 

Donation bins are located in the Schnitzer Family Center. 

Chanukah 5784  Celebrations and Events

Chanukah | First Candle
Thursday, December 7

Chanukah | Second Candle
Chanukah Family Shabbat
Friday, December 8, 6:00 PM
In-Person and Online
Goodman Hall

Chanukah | Third Candle
Rabbi Joseph’s Chanukah Open House
Saturday, December 9, 4:00 PM (New Members) – 7:00 PM
5:00 PM (CBI Community)-7:00 PM
In-Person ONLY; RSVP for Address

Chanukah | Fourth Candle
Religious School Chanukah Fair
For PreK  – 2nd Grade Religious School Students
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 AM
Chanukah Fair starts at 10:15 AM
In-Person ONLY
CBI Campus

Sanctuary for Humanity
An Interfaith Healing Concert
Sunday, December 10, 4:00 PM
In-Person ONLY
Pollin Chapel

Chanukah | Fifth Candle
“Lama Lo?” Performs at Leikam Brewing 
Monday, December 11, 7:00PM
In-Person ONLY
Leikam Brewing

Chanukah | Sixth Candle
Tuesday, December 12

Chanukah | Seventh Candle
Wednesday, December 13

Chanukah | Eighth Candle
WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood White Elephant Gift Exchange
Thursday, December 14
Details to follow