CHANUKAH
2021/5782

Message

A message from Rabbi Joy Levitt

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Message

A message from Rabbi Joy Levitt

Dear Community,

One of the most beautiful things about being in Jerusalem during Chanukah is seeing chanukiot literally outside of peoples’ homes, fulfilling the mitzvah of shining the light for all to see. That’s also why we urbanites put our chanukiot in the windows of our homes. We want to proclaim the miracle for all to see.

And what was the miracle? Of course, we are told that when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem, they found a cruse of oil that appeared to be sufficient only for one day and yet lasted eight days. Indeed, a miracle. But perhaps the greater miracle was that they bothered to kindle the lights at all, so sure were they that they didn’t have enough oil.

So many of us are running on near-empty right now. With hopes that the pandemic would finally be in the rearview mirror, only to be assaulted with the Delta variant, we check our optimism, daring not to hope. The news that children ages 5–12 are now eligible for the vaccine is tempered by anxiety; will parents get it done?

Chanukah comes along when we are at our lowest and darkest moment, to remind us to hope. We have witnessed the very best in our neighbors and friends as they battled mightily against very challenging odds to keep us safe and healthy. We have watched people find enormous wells of generosity, creativity, and common sense to make the world work. I have been so inspired particularly by the staff at the JCC, who come to work when they can, who work virtually when they must, but have never stopped believing in our mission, to keep us connected as a community, determined to bring light into the darkness.

Hope is a good thing. Chanukah asks us to remember that and let it shine through our words and deeds.

Chanukah Sameach,
Rabbi Joy Levitt, CEO

Programs

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Programs

Programs

Adaptations Chanukah Lounge (In Person)
Sun, Nov 28, 3–5 pm, $15

Chanukah Film Festival (Virtual)
Streaming Nov 28–Dec 5
Full list of films ($8 each)
Festival pass ($36)

Wechsler Center Chanukah Party (In Person)
Mon, Nov 29, 5:30–7:30 pm, $12/$15

Finding Light In the Darkness: A Chanukah Program For the Bereaved (Virtual)
Tue, Nov 30, 5:30–7 pm, Free

20s + 30s Annual Chanukah Party (In Person)
Wed, Dec 1, 7:30–10 pm, $25

Chanukah Shabbat in the Lot at JCC Harlem - Families (In Person)
Fri, Dec 3, 5:30–7:30 pm, $36 per family

Chanukah Shabbat in the Lot at JCC Harlem - Adults (In Person)
Fri, Dec 3, 7:30–9:30 pm, $18 per person

Chanukah in the Lot at JCC Harlem (In Person)
Sun, Dec 5, 3:30–5:30 pm, Free

Treats + Resources

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Treats + Resources

Treats + Resources

Candle-Lighting

Each night of Chanukah, we will gather in the JCC Lobby with a virtual live-stream option for Chanukah candle-lighting, led by JCC staff. Expect to kindle the lights of the season and enjoy live music from around the world.

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Candle-Lighting

Candle-Lighting

Each night of Chanukah, we will gather in the JCC Lobby with a virtual live-stream option for Chanukah candle-lighting, led by JCC staff and MusicTalks. Expect to kindle the lights of the season and enjoy live music from around the world.

Sun, Nov 28: 5 pm

Mon, Nov 29: 5 pm
Chanukah with a Jazz Twist: MusicTalks Jazz Trio gives new life to traditional Chanukah songs. Enjoy beloved Chanukah songs such as “Maoz Tsur “and "I Have a Little Dreidel” with a Jazz twist.

Tue, Nov 30: 5 pm
A Yemenite Chanukah: Clarinet Virtuoso Avigail Malachi leads a three-piece ensemble in a celebration of traditional Yemenite music and the story of Chanukah in Yemenite tradition.

Wed, Dec 1: 5 pm
A classical Chanukah: Israeli Cellist Elad Kabilio joined by Violinist Masha Polishuck will offer Chanukah music in the lens of classical music.

Thu, Dec 2: 5 pm
An Israeli Chanukah - Tribute to Idan Reichel: In Celebration of the 5th candle, MusicTalks presents a performance in tribute to Idan Raichel’s music celebrating the diversity of Jewish people in Israel with beloved songs such as "Bo’ee," "Mi'Ma'amakim," and many more.

Fri, Dec 3: 1 pm
Chanukah Celebration for Families: an interactive Chanukah show featuring live candle-lighting, beloved Chanukah songs, games and dancing. Together with singer/actress Daniella Rabbani and cellist Elad Kabilio, we will spin like dreidels, jump and dance, and count the candles with "Ocho Kandelikas."

Sat, Dec 4: 5:30 pm (including Havdalah)
Chanukah in Jerusalem: Celebrate 3000 years of Jerusalem’s rich history. Led by acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Inbar Goldmann, Journey through the cultural landscape of this ancient holy ground, through an array of musical genres such as Klezmer, Ladino, Israeli, Opera, and Hasidic music.

Sun, Dec 5: 5 pm
Chanukah Lights Up the World: A musical journey celebrating the festival of lights around the world. starring Israeli-American singer/actress Daniella Rabbani and the MusicTalks Ensemble. With beloved songs and tales from East Europe all the way to Yemen, America, and, of course, Israel, we are reminded that while the Jewish people are spread out, we have so much in common.