CHANUKAH
2020/5781

Message

A message from Rabbi Avram Mlotek,
Rabbi in Residence

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Message

A MESSAGE FROM AVRAM MLOTEK

Dear Community,

In the dead of winter amid darkness, Chanukah arrives like a beaming flashlight. But what are we illuminating? And what are we celebrating? The Talmud teaches that the mitzvah, the commandment, of kindling lights is upon each individual and their home. Chanukah is a holiday of the home sphere, taking place in the home space.

Many of us, though, have had quite enough of home time, to say the least. We are thirsty for community and gathering outside the home, with friends and family we have not seen these past several months of pandemic life.

As we continue to practice physical distancing, Chanukah is a time to remember just how much we need each other’s light, now more than ever. And while we can’t gather physically, our souls can connect, just like one candle’s wick joins another to form a greater light.

The JCC is as committed as ever to bring light into your homes. To that end, I hope you’ll join me in my home, albeit virtually, for a song-filled candle-lighting each night of the holiday, as well as for the exciting array of holiday opportunities the JCC is providing.

Jewish tradition tells us that we add a new candle each night of the holiday, thereby magnifying the light in our homes and hearts. While the light emanates from our homes, it shines out to the streets and into the world. In this way, we magnify the miracle of Chanukah and remind each other that we are in this together.

Besides celebrating the miracle of an ancient jug of oil lasting longer than anticipated and the Maccabean victory, Chanukah is a holiday of cultivating that inner light.

So, take some time to peruse our offerings and nourish your neshama, your soul. You deserve it!

Happy Chanukah,

Avram
JCC Rabbi in Residence

Programs

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Programs

Programs

Chanukah-Themed Russian Shabbat Club (Ages 3–5)
3 Fridays, Dec 4–18, 4:30–5:15 pm, $75
For more info, contact Audrey at adavid@mmjccm.org.

Chanukah-Inspired Arts Class In Russian
3 Fridays, Dec 4–18, 4:30–5:30 pm, $75
For more info, contact Audrey at adavid@mmjccm.org.

Adaptations Virtual Chanukah-Themed Cooking Tutorial with Chef Elena
Tue, Dec 8, 6:30–8 pm, $10

Chanukah: First Night, Last Night Family Experience
2 Thursdays, Dec 10 + 17, 5 pm, Free

Chag HaChagim Celebration: Other Israel Film Festival Finale Haifa Experience Concert
Thu, Dec 10, 6–7 pm, Free

Tales of Light and Darkness: A Chanukah Concert
Premiering Sat, Dec 12, 8 pm, Free

Chanukah-Themed Baking Class With Zach Atlas for Tweens
Sun, Dec 13, 11 am–noon, $10

20s + 30s Chanukah Pop-Up (In-Person)
Sun, Dec 13, 11 am–1 pm, Free

Chanukah in the Lot at JCC Harlem (In-Person)
Sun, Dec 13, 4–5 pm, $18 per family

60+: Finding Light in the Darkness: Creative Rituals for Wintertime
Mon, Dec 14, 2–3 pm, Free

Lights in the Darkness: Chanukah Bereavement Program
Mon, Dec 14, 5:30–7 pm, Free

Etgar Keret and Inbal Pinto: Outside (Panel)
Tue, Dec 15, 4 pm, $5

60+ Virtual Chanukah Candle-Lighting Party
Wed, Dec 16, 4–5:30 pm, Free

Adaptations: Finding Light in the Darkness: Creative Rituals for Wintertime
Wed, Dec 16, 5–6 pm, Free

The Donut King Film and Q+A
Film available Dec 11–18, $4.99. Rent the film before joining the Q+A.
Q+A Thu, Dec 17, 7 pm, Free
(Followed by candle-lighting for Chanukah)

20s + 30s Latkepalooza with Jake Cohen
Thu, Dec 17, 7–8:30 pm, Free

Treats + Resources

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Treats + Resources

Treats + Resources

Lobby Lights

Each night of Chanukah, we will transform a Zoom room into the JCC Lobby for Chanukah candle-lighting with Rabbi in Residence Avram Mlotek. Expect to kindle the lights of the season, sing some Chanukah music, and enjoy surprise guests each night.

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Lobby Lights

Lobby Lights

Night 1: Thu, Dec 10, 5 pm

Night 2: Fri, Dec 11, 2 pm

Night 3: Sat, Dec 12, 5:30 pm (with Havdalah)

Night 4: Sun, Dec 13, 5 pm

Night 5: Mon, Dec 14, 5 pm

Night 6: Tue, Dec 15, 5pm

Night 7: Wed, Dec 16, 5 pm

Night 8: Thu, Dec 17, 5 pm

Each night of Chanukah, we will transform a Zoom room into the JCC Lobby for Chanukah candle-lighting with Rabbi in Residence Avram Mlotek. Expect to kindle the lights of the season, sing some Chanukah music, and enjoy surprise guests each night. Click here for more info.