Happy Hanukkah!


December 9, 2020


We know this Hanukkah will look a bit different than previous years, but the traditions remain the same. 

Join the Miles Nadal JCC for a Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony, each evening at 5pm from December 10-17.

hanukkah candles

Chanukah Night 1 • December 10, 2020
On the first night of Chanukah, join MNjcc Executive Director, Harriet Wichin as she lights the first candle followed by a guided meditation focusing on the idea of darkness to light, with Manager of Wellness Programs, Jooli Park.

Chanukah Night 2 • December 11, 2020
The MNjcc Israeli Connection team will light the second candle followed by Chanukah songs and dance instruction (Israeli style) with Anat Kriger from our new Israeli Children Learn & Play program.

Chanukah Night 3 • December 12, 2020
Join our Jewish& Coordinator Lauren (& her family) for candle lighting followed by a reading of Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming’

Chanukah Night 4 • December 13, 2020
The fourth candle in the menorah will be lit by MNjcc Director of Arts & Culture, Esther Arbeid followed by learning a Chanukah Yiddish-Hebrew song about old and new stories. Kobi Hass will sing and tell the story of its origins.

Chanukah Night 5 • December 14, 2020
Join our MNjcc Suzuki Music families. Let’s light our Chanukah candles together and hear some holiday string music played by our wonderful students!

Chanukah Night 6 • December 15, 2020
The Access and Inclusion team will light candles together with our American Sign Language (ASL) instructor Art Gunther, who will sign in ASL. We will also share greetings and include a recording of some of our participants sharing their Chanukah art and wishing the community a Happy Chanukah.

Chanukah Night 7 • December 16, 2020
Longtime MNjcc community members Ralph and Kitty Wintrob will light the candles and invite you to experience what celebrating Chanukah is like in their home, through a wonderful anecdote.

Chanukah Night 8 • December 17, 2020Join the LGBTQ at the J Programming Committee for a special rainbow candle lighting on the last night of Chanukah

the nosh

Looking for suggestions on what to serve? Watch Perfect Flavors for Hanukkah with Naomi Nachman on demand from the Virtual J.Get cooking tips and tricks from the author of author of Perfect for Pesach and Perfect Flavors and contributor to Mishpacha Magazine.

global hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah from the comfort of your own home with performances from Jewish Theatres from around the world! Join the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company for a Global Hanukkah Celebration, streaming on demand until December 18. 

With performances from
Alana Bridgewater, Gabi Epstein, Jake Epstein, Avery Saltzman
& Temple Sinai’s Ledor Vador Youth Choir

And featuring performances from Jewish Theatres from around the world:
Moira Blumenthal Productions – Sydney, Australia
Deutsch-Jüdisches Theater – Berlin, Germany
Lomir Theatre – Rostock, Germany
Golem Theatre – Budapest, Hungary
Jaffa Theatre – A Stage for Arab-Hebrew Culture – Jaffa, Israel
The Jerusalem Khan Theatre – Jerusalem, Israel
Nephesh Theatre – Tel Aviv, Israel
La Caja Negra, Mexico City, Mexico
The Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theatre – Warsaw, Poland
State Jewish Theatre – Bucharest, Romania
Shalom Theatre – Moscow, Russia
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene – New York, USA

Musical Direction by Mark Camilleri
Visual Design, Editing and Camera by Daniel Bowman

To celebrate Hanukkah and the holiday season, TJFF’s staff have recommended a selection of films from Israel, France and Canada exploring Jewish identity, stories and community. These films are free to watch from the comfort of your living room, so grab your favourite holiday snack and enjoy! Click here for all films.

Image: Hadassah Naomi Chapter cookbook, 3rd ed., published around 1952. Drutz family collection. Ontario Jewish Archives, accession 2012-9-6.

In the spirit of the holiday, the OJA is thrilled to share these latke recipes with you. We’d love to see your take on these classics! Share your Hanukkah 2020 photos as part of the OJA’s COVID-19 Documentation Project. 

Happy Hanukkah and thank you for support Jewish arts, culture and heritage in Toronto in 2020! 

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